Underdogs Sars eye Cuala takedown

by Karl Graham

LUCAN Sarsfields’ manager Mark Smith says underdog status will suit his charges as they gear up for their biggest game of the season when they take on Cuala in the semi-final of the Dublin senior hurling championship at Parnell Park.
They earned their place in the semi-final after producing a spirited second half comeback against St Jude’s. Smith spoke to GazetteSport about his delight at finally getting the win and their preparations for the game against Cuala.
“It was just down to absolute hard word, with a bit of luck thrown in,” he said.
“We were down by eight points at the start of the second half last week and the win was down to our work rate, determination, and leaders standing up on the field – along with a bit of luck.”
Sars have been knocking on the door of the top table of Dublin hurling for the past few seasons, reaching the final in 2013 in addition to a series of semi-final appearances.
But they have yet to break through and must get one over the current pace-setters in the county with Cuala looking to complete a league and championship double for the second year in a row,.
“We are in the fortunate position that we will obviously be the underdogs going into it so there is not the same pressure on us that is likely to be on Cuala. The lads are up for the game and we hope to do our best,” said Smith.
Sarsfields now find themselves in the difficult position of whether to approach the game the same way as they would against any other team, but knowing that a much better start to the game will be required.
“Well, it’s the semi-final of the championship so we approach it as the semi-final of the championship.
“It’s about trying to make sure that we get our game right because if we get our game right then we are in with a chance. If we start worrying about what they are going to do, that is when we will have problems.”
Although not wanting to give too much away before the game in terms of the line-up, Smith did acknowledge that the squad is looking healthy.
Throw-in at Parnell Park on Sunday is 4pm.

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