Sars facing SFC shot in dark with UCD

by Karl Graham
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LUCAN Sarsfields will kick off their senior championship campaign on Friday evening at 7pm with an unpredictable tie against UCD at Monastery Road in Clondalkin.
The AFL division one side have won one and lost one of their two league games so far but, with UCD not competing in the league, they are something of an unknown quantity.
“I don’t know what to expect from UCD,” Sarsfields mentor Greg O’Neill told GazetteSport. “It’s kind of a shot in the dark but we would expect them to be very strong because they have a lot of intercounty players.
“I know they will have talented players because most of them will be intercounty standard footballers from other counties. I think one of the lads who played midfield for Kerry on Saturday will be on their panel so they’ll be strong.”
One thing O’Neill does know for sure is that his team will probably have to be at close to their best if they are to progress past UCD.
“We won’t be going in under any illusion that we will roll over these guys, there is no way. These guys are going to be strong and will put it up to us so we will have to have our guard up,” said O’Neill.
Sarsfields have been unlucky in the draw over the last few years, losing to eventual champions St Vincent’s during the last two years and Ballyboden St Endas the year before.
When asked if he is hoping fortune will be a bit kinder to them should they get past UCD, O’Neill concurred.
“Absolutely, our luck has to change at some stage but, sure, we have to take each team as they come and do what we can.”
Sarsfields’ league win this season was an impressive 3-13 to 0-17 victory over Ballymun Kickhams. They followed that up with a loss away to Na Fianna but O’Neill is satisfied with how his side are shaping up early into the new season.
“They are going well and they’re training well. We had a few injuries a couple of weeks ago but everyone has come through and they all seem good now. We have a strong team to pick from so hopefully we’ll get it right.”
Having managed to stay in the top division last season following promotion, finishing higher up the tale is the aim for O’Neill.
“We will be hoping to consolidate our position in the league his year.”

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