Lane wary of Lucan threat

by Gazette Reporter

BALLINTEER St Johns’s crunch championship clash with Lucan Sarsfields on Saturday afternoon is geared up to be one of the tightest and most tense fixtures of the weekend.
With the senior hurling championship back up and running this week, Ballinteer and Lucan meet in Group 2 in what is now a winner takes all clash to be played in Monastery Road at 4.15pm.
The way the group is set up before the final round of fixtures, Ballinteer are in second spot on two points, two behind leaders Cuala, who play third place Faughs on Saturday, who like Lucan, have one point.
Sean Lane, who is a part of the management team at St John’s, spoke to GazetteSport in the lead-up to the massive fixture. “It’s going to be very tight,” he said. “The last three games between us have all been draws, that’s this year and last year’s league fixtures and a championship game last year. There won’t be a puck of a sliotar in it at all; both sides are very well matched.”
Ballinteer may at least take confidence in the fact that they go into the game on the back of some good league form, with a draw against Ballyboden last week following up wins over Kilmacud Crokes and St Vincent’s in recent weeks.
“I think you do have to put that in to context,” Lane was quick to point out.
“It’s always nice to be in good form but you have to remember we’re playing those games with full squads whereas the other teams are missing bodies.
“I think there will only be a point or two in it,” he added.
“I actually feel it may come down to a couple of big calls or decisions on the night as you really can’t separate the sides. I just know we’re fully prepared for the game to come.”
In other local championship action, Ballyboden St Enda’s take on St Jude’s in Parnell Park on Friday night at 8.15pm in a huge derby clash.
Last year’s beaten semi-finalists will be hoping to emulate their 2013 success when they were crowned Dublin senior champions.

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