Dublin Senior Hurling Championships Preview
The 2021 Go-Ahead Dublin SHC ‘A’ gets underway this coming weekend with holders Cuala facing Kilmacud Crokes in the stand-out round-robin fixture this Saturday in Parnell Park (6.0).
Cuala have won five of the last six top-flight championship titles and have secured the New Ireland Assurance Cup on eight occasions in total.
The Dalkey men are chasing a three in-a-row of crowns this year having won the last two, with Ballyboden St Enda’s defeating Kilmacud Crokes in the 2018 decider.
Crokes themselves last won the title in 2014 when they overcame St Jude’s in the final and the last time the honours went northside was in 2006 when Craobh Chiaráin beat Ballyboden.
Cuala and Crokes are very familiar opponents and met in the finals of 2016 and 2017.
Last year Cuala came with a strong last quarter to overcome Ballyboden, 2-20 to 1-18, in a high quality Dublin final at Parnell Park.
Boden, who led by six points late in the opening half, were a point to the good as the teams entered the second half water break, 1-16 to 1-15.
However, the Dalkey men held the upperhand in the decisive moments to run out five-point victors after a sporting and entertaining duel between these two hurling heavyweights.
Over the hour-plus Cuala struck just two wides, both in the opening half, as Boden were left to rue 10wides in total with a particularly costly spell in the first half during which they were the dominant side.
Shortly after the second half water break Con O’Callaghan (left) broke through on goal and was fouled for a penalty as his shot hit the net and Seán Moran clinically dispatched the resulting penalty to see his side take the lead for the first time since the opening minute.
Within two minutes of the penalty Conal Keaney (Ballyboden) and Colum Sheanon (Cuala) were both sent off on second yellow cards and the big-game nous of the former Dublin senior hurler was lacking by his side in the dying minutes.
However, Cuala keeper Seán Brennan also came to his side’s rescue when he made a terrific double save as the game moved into added time when four
points separated the sides, 2-19 to 1-18.
Fittingly the last score of the game fell to David Treacy to bring his personal tally to 0-11 (7f, 1 ‘65’) after playing a central role in his side’s eight Dublin SHC top-flight title – this victory brought them level with O’Toole’s and UCD in the top-flight roll of honour.