Sars’ fantastic Feile

by Karl Graham

LUCAN Sarsfields won the Under-14 division one camogie Feile with a 3-3 to 0-2 win over Ballyboden St Endas in the final at O’Toole Park, closing out an immaculate weekend for the 12th Lock side.
They racked up big wins over Na Fianna, St Jude’s and Castleknock in the qualifiers on Saturday before meeting Kilmacud Crokes in the semi-final the next day. There, they scored three goals in a 3-4 to 0-3 win – making it 14 goals in the Feile at that stage.
“The girls were absolutely tremendous all weekend,” manager Elaine Daly told GazetteSport. “We are absolutely thrilled because every single one of them was fabulous.
“They had a lot of hard matches because they had to play three qualifiers before the semi-final and final. We had 22 in our panel and all of them played a big role in the games.”
Lucan were the better team throughout the final and deservedly won but Ballyboden weren’t without their dangers, despite the score line.
Sars found the net three times in the first half through Sophie McIntyre, Phoebe Shannon and player of the match Sinead Daly, to take a nine-point lead into the match but Daly admits they told their players everything was still to play for at the break.
“That isn’t much of a cushion in camogie because it is very easy for a few balls to sneak in.
“We scored one or two goals from frees that went in just over the goalkeeper’s head which could have easily happened at the other end although our keeper was amazing all weekend and pulled off some great saves.
“You could never relax during it because Ballyboden could have easily come back into it. A goal from them would have had us fighting again. They had a few very dangerous players who were able to run with the ball, so at half-time we had to tell the girls that nothing was over yet and they still had a match to play for.”
One aspect of Lucan’s play that particularly impressed Daly was how hard they worked throughout the weekend.
“Their work ethic was amazing throughout as they tackled, parried and blocked. All our players are strong as opposed to having a few strong ones, so we could cover Ballyboden’s good players. They were tired but we just kept telling them to drive on and win their own battles first, and then once you’ve done that then play as a team.”
The girls have started the season in fantastic fashion by also winning their first three games in the league to sit joint-top of the table.
“This year they are playing as a team and working as a unit, and the results are showing that,” Daly concluded.

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