Lucan hurlers back in SHC semi-finals

by Gazette Reporter
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Lucan Sarsfields

LUCAN Sarsfields have a big weekend of action ahead of them, with Sean McClelland and Eoin O’Conghaile topping the bill as they hunt for All-Ireland minor honours as the Dublin hurlers take on Tipperary in the final replay.

The U-15 hurlers, meanwhile, will take on Ballyboden in the championship final and the senior hurlers will be in semi-final action as they take on Kilmacud Crokes this Saturday at 5.15pm in Parnell Park.

A huge second half display by the senior hurlers put them through to the final four of the Dublin championship, when they overcame O’Toole’s in O’Toole Park last Saturday.

It was a closer affair in the first half, with the Lucan side only going in at the break with four point advantage, but five quick, unanswered points after the break put a massive gulf between the two sides as the 12th Lock side coursed to victory after Kevin O’Reilly rippled the O’Toole’s net from a penalty on the 50-minute mark.

O’Reilly hit two frees over in the early exchanges of the first half, but O’Toole’s hit back with two of their own from Michael Carton and Philip Brennan. Trevor Lee, Chris Crummy and Mick May all put scores over for the Lucan outfit and even a marvellous strike from Carton couldn’t motivate O’Toole’s, with O’Reilly tipping a further two points over before the break, with scores at 0-8 to 0-4.

O’Reilly and Lee added to their tallies in the early passages of the second stanza and further efforts from May, O’Reilly and John McCaffrey put a big hole in O’Toole’s semi-final aspirations.

Peadar Carton put in a sneaky goal to keep O’Toole’s in the hunt though, and their challenge was bolstered by a Liam Ryan effort shortly afterwards.
However, when Crummy was taken down and O’Reilly sent the sliotar home, O’Toole’s hopes were dashed again as Alan Whyte and O’Reilly put a further two scores over to finish out the game, 1-16 to 1-7 winners.

The U-15 championship, meanwhile, will be decided this Saturday when Sars travel to St Vincent’s Park to face Ballyboden St Enda’s after they edged out Faughs in the semi-final three weeks ago by a point, 3-8 to 2-12.

Seanie McClelland has been in fantastic form for the Dublin minor hurlers and has become a vital part of their championship challenge, stapling down a position in the half back line from where he scored a fantastic point in the initial final which proved to be all important.

Between McClelland and O’Conghaile, the U-15 championship final and senior hurlers semi final clash, the 12th Lock club could have a lot to smile about come Monday morning.

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