Unlucky Lucan lose out

by James Hendicott

Lucan Sarsfields junior football team fell just short of going up from AFL6, as they lost out in the promotional play-off to Skerries Harps despite a late comeback against the league’s dominant club on Sunday.
Sarsfields, who were behind for the majority of the game, lost the match up largely at the start of the second half.
Having gone in for the break behind Harps by a scoreline of 0-5 to 0-3, Sarsfields scored the first point of the second half. In a tense, low scoring game, however, Harps responded with their best run of the day to put themselves 0-9 to 0-4 in front with fifteen minutes remaining.
The response from Sarsfields was almost enough to overturn the deficit, as they in turn racked up their own run of four points on the trot, bringing themselves within a single point a few seconds before the full timewhistle.
Sarsfields couldn’t quite manufacture the point needed to take the game to added time and grab a shot of promotion, however, and after a long season, saw rivals Harps grab the prize.
With Harps having won 14 of their 16 games in the league this season, the north county club will feel they earned their place, but Sarsfields – unbeaten in the league since they were hammered by Harps at 12th lock back in June – made quite a contest of it. With all three of their league defeats having come early in the season, its recent draws that slightly stifled the Sarsfields momentum in the league’s late stages.
Meanwhile, Sarfields hurler Chris Crummey again been called up to the Dublin Senior hurling panel. Boss Ger Cunningham named his 28-man panel earlier this week, opting for a youthful looking squad as the boys in blue prepare for 2017.
Crummey, who graduated from the minor panel after leading them to All Ireland glory in 2011, featured regularly in Cunningham’s side last time around, with the towering half back proving a popular choice despite his red card against Cork back in June. Alongside Cunningham’s main panel, a further dozen players have been retained in a development squad, intended to provide the backup to Cunningham’s main selection..
The club have sent their commiserations following the passing of committed club man Tommy McCormack, who joined the Lucan club in 1949. Mr McCormack was buried in Esker Cemetery earlier this week.

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