Ahead of their first ever appearance in a Dublin Senior Hurling Championship final, Lucan Sarsfields manager Damien Cox gave a preview to GazetteSport on the game against Ballyboden St Enda’s.
In their run of results leading to the final, Sarsfields overcame Crumlin in the quarter-finals with a 0-25 to 1-17 win in O’Toole Park while they defeated Craobh Chiarain in a tough semi-final two weeks ago with a 1-13 to 1-9 win. This was the second time Chiarain and Sarsfields tested each other this year as they played out a draw a few months earlier in the group stages of the Championship.
Speaking about how the atmosphere is among his squad, Cox said: “It is very good, the players are a bit apprehensive but we are all looking forward to it.” Despite the apprehension Cox believes his side have an even chance going into the final. “I think our chances are 50/50, Ballyboden are a great side. Sure they didn’t win the Championship last year but they won it five years in a row before that. They have some of the best players in Dublin. But I do still think we have an even chance though”, he added.
In the build-up to the game, Cox insists that his side are treating the game like every other. He said: “Training is being done as normal; we have a fully fit squad which is great going into such a game.”
Cox, who joined Sarsfields in 2012, has an Offaly Senior Hurling Championship medal to his name spoke about how big the game is for not only his team, but for Lucan Sarsfields as a club. He said: “It is a huge occasion, a club’[s first ever county final; everyone is looking forward to it.”
The manager was quick to give credit to the hard work which was carried out long before he joined the Lucan ranks.
“This is not just the results of one season’s work; this is a credit to the team for about six or seven years of hard work.
“But there is still work to do. It’s great getting to a county final but now we need to push ourselves over the line and get the victory.”
Ballyboden have advanced into this year’s final in impressive fashion, defeating Kilcamud Crokes 3-14 to 2-13 in their quarter final and heavily beating St Brigid’s in the semi’s 2-17 to 1-9.
The final gets under way at 3pm this Sunday in Parnell Park.