Lucan’s Ben Coffey rises high to make a catch in Dublin’s minor tie against Laois

LUCAN Sarsfields trio Luke Walsh, Ben Coffey and Emmet Allen all played their parts for Dublin as they got the best of Wexford in their Electric Ireland Leinster minor hurling championship semi-final victory over Wexford, 0-20 to 1-12.
The trio all started in a tie that Dublin led 0-10 to 0-6 at the break before pulling away into a seven point gap before Wexford landed a late goal to make things interesting for a while down the closing stretch.
The performance was an improvement on their first round win over Laois and now means they will face Kilkenny in the provincial final on Sunday, July 2.
Indeed, the side has a strong Lucan presence with manager Fintan Clandillon also hailing from the 12th Lock club.
And he felt his side played some superb hurling at times in Parnell Park last Saturday and had enough scores in their account when Wexford came with a strong finish.
“We are delighted with how the lads played,” Clandillon said. “I thought that they started brilliantly and, to be honest, I thought that we were excellent in the first-half.
“We were only four points up at half-time and that really should have been a bit more as we hurled very well during that period but just struck too many wides than we would have liked.

“There have been a couple of tests in some of our matches so far where we had to show character and conceding that goal when we were well on top was another one of those.
“That goal offered Wexford a lifeline of sorts but like in other instances, the lads stood up and did what they had to do.
“We have spoken all year about not going into your shell when setbacks occur and every panel needs strong characters.
“We are buzzing to have the opportunity of working with the lads for at least another couple of months and that was the most important aspect of Saturday’s victory.
“They have improved in every game of hurling that they have played this year and although we’ll have a massive challenge ahead of us in terms of Kilkenny in the Leinster Final, that was the opportunity that we all wanted before Saturday’s game,” Clandillon added.


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