Four-star Lucan add to list of titles

by Gazette Reporter

LUCAN Sarsfields have become experts at producing and developing quality underage camogie teams in recent years and it looks set to continue as their Under-13 A side won their county championship last month.
The win was a 4-7 to 4-1 victory over a tough opponent in Na Fianna at Blakestown and it was a match worthy of its title as a county final. Both teams started the game well but it was Lucan who showed more decisiveness in attack.
Following nice build-up play they got the game’s first goal from Cora O’Toole after just four minutes.
The Sars girls didn’t let up and by the 12th minute they had another goal and three minutes via the talented Aoife Coffey.
Na Fianna to their credit soon hit back, with Isabella Fay in the Lucan goal and her defence in front being kept busy.
They could do little, however, to stop the opposition opening their account through a superb goal from forward Ciara Kavanagh.
Before the break Faye Murphy struck one over the bar to Lucan to leave the half-time score at 2-4 to 1-0.
The start of the second half saw the tempo remain high and within a couple of minutes Roisin Egan goaled to send Lucan further ahead.
The girls from Glasnevin were not down and out however and soon hit back with a goal and a well taken point from Elyse Jamieson Murphy.
Na Fianna then entered a period of dominance which saw them add two more goals in two minutes.
A thrilling finish was very much on the cards and was supplied when O’Toole got her second goal with minutes remaining while a late Coffey point meant the final score was 4-7 to 4-1 and also meant Lucan were Dublin champions.
Speaking after his flourishing side’s win, Lucan manager John O’Connell was full of praise for not only his girls, but Na Fianna’s talented squad too.
“Our girls were outstanding once again and it’s another great result for the group, we were worthy winners,” he said.
“This is a great Na Fianna team and nothing less than our best would have been good enough.”
O’Connell has watched this young side develop over the years and if they maintain the current rhythm, there should plenty more big days to look forward to.
“It’s been an immense pleasure to coach these girls since they began playing and I’m thrilled to see them continually perform and succeed at the highest level
“Not only is it a great day for this team but it’s also a great day for the Lucan Sarsfields Under-13 age group, as we contested two respective cup finals with our B team facing a strong Naomh Maur side,” added O’Connell.

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