Sarsfields hurling on a roll on Feile and senior fronts

by Gazette Reporter
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Lucan Sarsfields enjoyed yet more Feile glory last Sunday in Parnell Park as they landed the Dublin A hurling crown with an excellent 2-8 to 1-3 win over Kilmacud Crokes.

It was their second hurling Feile victory in the last three years, coming off the back of an excellent weekend of action around the county. They opened up their campaign with a confident 3-11 to 0-5 victory over 2017 champs Na Fianna and backed that up with a monster 2-22 to 0-1 win over Naomh Barrog.

Those results were enough to put them in the frame for a semi-final berth despite a 0-9 to 1-3 defeat at the hands of Ballyboden St Enda’s as they still topped the group on points difference.

A semi-final against Castleknock’s A team was negotiated on Saturday evening at Cuala with another big score, 4-12 to 0-7, putting them through to the decider against Kilmacud.

It meant a big day out at the county’s Parnell Park home with the national anthem laying the scene for battle. Sars started in aggressive fashion, making most of the early inroads with Joseph Dunne hitting his mark on numerous occasions – he ended up with 0-7 to this name – with his first three helping build a four-point lead.

That advantage was swiftly wiped out by a Tom Doran point to open Kilmacud’s account before Danny Killeen rocketed home a goal. It remained all square going into half-time at 1-2 to 0-5 but Lucan were to find their dominant form once more in the second half.

Dunne kept chipping away but the key moment came just two minutes after the turnaround with Alex Hickey scoring the first Lucan goal. Dunne’s trio of frees advanced the lead out to 1-8 to 1-3.

And the game was put to bed when Conor Hylands kicked in Lucan’s second goal, bringing the title back to the 12th Lock.

The club’s B team, meanwhile, also made it through to their divisional final, bursting through the group stages and the semi-finals on Saturday, recording healthy wins over Naomh Barrog, Trinity Gaels and Castleknock.

It set up a final date with Round Tower, Lusk in Tallaght Stadium. The Lusk side, however, were in dominant form throughout the competition, running up goals for fun.

Despite points from Ross Campion and Darragh Lyons and a Ronan McGrath goal keeping Lucan in the hunt, the Fingal side eventually pulled away in the second half and recorded a 6-11 to 1-2 result.

Elsewhere, in the Dublin senior A hurling championship, Ciaran Dowling was the scoring hero for Lucan Sarsfields as they defeated Ballinteer St John’s 0-23 to 1-12 in Group 4 clash at O’Toole Park.

Dowling, a Dublin minor hurler in 2015 and 16, scored 0-12 overall while Lucan led 0-11 to 0-7 at the interval after the sides had been level on four occasions during the opening half.
Sars had extended their advantage to six points before Tom Aherne’s goal brought St John’s right back into contention.

But Lucan had enough about them to run out eight-point winners with their keeper Aidan Roche making one fine save to deny Sean Lane.

It was their second win from two outings, putting them at the head of their group with a win over Setanta in their final outing assuring them of a quarter-final spot. Should they lose, they are still in decent shape to go through with a healthy points difference in their favour.

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