Lucan could not keep pace with St Oliver Plunkett’s drive for the line in the second half at O’Toole Park

LUCAN Sarsfields were unable to build on a first-half lead as they succumbed to St Oliver Plunkett’s Eoghan Ruadh last weekend in the minor B hurling championship final at O’Toole Park.

Cian Boland’s nine point haul along with goals from Conor Bresnan, Evan Walsh and Ronan O’Broin saw the Ashtown club home

Walsh and O’Broin were on the mark in the first half to keep them in the tie after Lucan, inspired by Eoghan O’Conghaile, had played the first half in fine fashion but only had the minimum lead to show for their endeavours.

Those goals along with a couple of Boland points made it 2-2 to 1-6 in Lucan’s favour at the break. Walsh got his side off to a flying start only for Dan O’Neill to even things up with Lucan’s first goal.

O’Broin fired in a cracker to help leave the minimum between the sides at the interval as Lucan were left frustrated that they could not convert a couple of good goal chances.

The Martin Savage Park club turned the tide their way in the second period. Bresnan added the third Plunkett’s goal with a quarter of the game to go while Boland kept chipping away with a final tally of eight frees to his name.

In reply, O’Conghaile had landed five points of his own to keep Lucan pushing all the way while John Bellew got a goal back from a free for Lucan in the closing stages but two more Boland scores moved Plunkett’s out of range.

Elsewhere, at Under-21 level, Lucan’s hurlers live to fight another day as they drew 2-8 each with Ballinteer St John’s in their quarter-final in Marlay Park.

Fearghal Duffy scored both of Ballinteer St John’s goals while Dublin representatives Sean McClelland and Chris Crummey were Sarsfields’ leading lights.

Their replay is pencilled in to be played on December 14 in the 12th Lock.