Lucan claim piece of Feile hurling history

by Gazette Reporter

PARNELL PARK set a fitting scene last Sunday as Lucan Sarsfields brought home the club’s first ever hurling Feile title in an enthralling final against Castleknock, 3-15 to 4-6.
The large crowd was treated to an outstanding game played with intensity, determination and, above all, optimum levels of skill from the Under-14 players.
Castleknock began on top, dominating possession and creating the game’s early chances. They were rewarded with an early goal, cleverly dispatched from a rebound, which was followed soon after by a well pointed free.
Lucan replied with four unanswered points from Evin Dowling, Oisin Ryan and a brilliant solo effort from Jake Rooney to give Lucan the advantage.
Castleknock bounced back with a point but Eoin Power rifled the sliotar to the top of the Somerton side’s net before Colm Walsh and Charlie Keher followed up with two points from play for Lucan to wrest back the initiative.
A late goal from Castleknock on the stroke of half-time, however, closed the gap, 1-7 to 2-1 in Lucan’s favour heading into the break.
The team in blue and yellow piled on the pressure in the second half and registered an additional two goals and two points in quick succession to swing the pendulum back against Sarsfields who suddenly were trailing by five points.
Ryan began the fightback with a point before two more were added by Dowling and Keher. Time was running short for Lucan, but a moment of individual inspiration clawed them back from the depths of despair as Colm Walsh stepped up to take a free close to goal.
Facing a Castleknock goalmouth with six defenders evenly lined across, he proceeded to drive the ball with topspin to the roof of the net.
Another free earned from the resulting puck-out cleared the black spot of the crossbar to bring Lucan into an incredible one-point lead.
Castleknock, however, were not out for the count just yet as they themselves worked the ball up the other end to draw a free and, like Lucan, hold their nerve to point – bringing the game into extra time.
Power took the initiative in the opening half of that period to rattle the sliotar into the bottom corner of the net. Castleknock began the second half the brighter and, aided by a slight wind, lowered their deficit with a pointed score.
It was to be their last, however, as Lucan rallied, driving at their opponents relentlessly to tag on four late points and end the game six point winners, 3-15 to 4-6.
It earned them a first ever Dublin Division 1 hurling Feile title and they now go forward to represent their county in the All-Ireland series in Waterford in June.

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