Lucan Sarsfields face Ballyboden St Enda’s once again in the Dublin senior hurling championship

LUCAN Sarsfields senior hurling boss Tom Ryan says the positive vibe in his camp has the 12th Lock club in the best shape possible as they look to get one over on nemesis Ballyboden St Enda’s.
Over the last decade, Boden have often proven their undoing in the Dublin senior hurling championship, most notably in the 2013 final, the only time Lucan have made it to the county decider.
The sides meet on Sunday at 2.15pm in O’Toole Park and Ryan is looking forward to working off a full deck.
“We’ve got everybody back in contention,” he told GazetteSport. “We had a few fellas with long-term injuries like Peter Kelly but they are available for selection so we should be at full strength.”
Lucan came first in their group with a big win over Ballinteer St John’s two weeks ago to put them through to the quarter-finals, knocking out Naomh Fionnbarra and topping St Brigid’s, both on points difference.
Ryan, though, is fully aware that Boden – despite finishing second in Group 1 – are going to be a marked step up in quality, something he knew was in the pipeline given the way the preliminary phases panned out.
“We had a good win two weeks ago so we are happy enough with our form but I wouldn’t say our group was the toughest. Boden are going to be a very different test.
“The way in which the two groups got so complicated going into the last round meant, with so many permutations, there was no way you could pick what you wanted or find an easy match.
“We just went out to play Ballinteer and beat them to qualify in top spot and see what came of it. We never really thought of anything else. When we realised we had Ballyboden, you just take it.
“You don’t think what if and we’ll focus on what’s in front of us. Now we are down to the last eight, you are always likely to get someone good like Cuala or Kilmacud.”
While Lucan have an unfavourable record against Boden, Ryan says that it is not something he – nor his squad – are likely to get hung on with a new look and a fresh attitude.
“I’m only here two years. I just think the lads are playing really well; there’s a stronger squad and a better vibe than there was last year.
“I feel that anyway; I can’t speak for Ballyboden but we are in a better place with a better balanced team so we’ll see and hope on the day it goes right for us.”