HURLING: Senior Club Hurling round-up

Lucan two for two after seeing off St Brigid’s

by Aaron Dunne
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Lucan Sarsfields registered their second successive victory in the Senior 1 Hurling Championship when digging deep to hold off a spirited St Brigid’s by 1-24 to 1-22 at O’Toole Park.

Having defeated holders Kilmacud Crokes in their opening fixture, Lucan entered the contest with great confidence and that was enhanced as Paul Crummey netted as early as the third minute.

A brace of excellent stops from Alan Nolan and seven points from Paul Winters saw St Brigid’s stay in the hunt but two late points by Ben Coffey pushed Sarsfields 1-15 to 0-11 clear by the interval.

The Blanchardstown side resumed in a determined fashion to trim their arrears to three points by the 42nd minute thanks to two points apiece from Cian O’Sullivan, Johnny McGuirk and Mark Kavanagh while Lucan responded through vital points by Seán Harkness, Coffey and Charlie Keher.

An O’Sullivan goal in the 51st minute left the bare minimum between the sides but Ciaran Dowling and Luke Walsh countered for Lucan as they prevailed by two points by the final whistle.

Across the city in Parnell Park, Ballyboden St Enda’s also picked up their second win on the bounce when defeating St Vincent’s by 1-23 to 3-13.

16 October 2021; Conor Ryan of Craobh Chiaráin in action against Paul Crummey of Lucan Sarsfields during the Go Ahead Dublin County Senior Club Hurling Championship quarter-final match between Craobh Chiaráin and Lucan Sarsfields at Parnell Park in Dublin. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

It was a far from straightforward win for David Curtin’s side, as they trailed by eight points by the end of the first quarter, with John Hetherton plundering two goals for the Marino outfit while Sean Lambe added two superb solo scores to enhance his side’s position.

However, Boden gradually got to grips with the Vinnies attack as the dead-ball prowess of Paul Ryan edged St Enda’s ever closer and they overtook their opponents in first-half injury time as Ryan fired past Dara Perry from Niall McMorrow’s pass.

St Enda’s continued to control matters after the break with Conor Dooley, Luke McDwyer, Niall Ryan and McMorrow extending their lead and while Lambe offered St Vincent’s some hope with a 50th minute goal, a trio of Paul Ryan points were enough to see Boden home with a degree of comfort.

On Wednesday night, St Oliver Plunkett/Eoghan Ruadh impressed from the outset as they withstood some late pressure to defeat Faughs by 2-20 to 1-17 in their Group 2 encounter at O’Toole Park.

Plunkett’s enjoyed a 1-12 to 0-6 interval lead with their goal from Fionn Boland in the 12th minute opening up a five-point lead and they added to their buffer thanks to first-half scores by Irinel Popa, Ger Ryan, Neil Clerkin and Ben McSweeney.

A penalty from Ryan within two minutes of the restart looked to have settled the issue but James O’Brien refused to accept Faughs’ perceived fate as he tagged on four points before netting in the 54th minute to leave three points between the teams.

However, a trio of frees by Ryan and a sideline cut from Cian Boland helped steady the Plunkett’s ship as they held on with six points to spare.

Dublin Gazette – Digital Edition – August 10, 2023 – Dublin Gazette Newspapers – Dublin News, Sport and Lifestyle

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