FIRST half goals from Conor Moran, Colm Kelly and Dan O’Neill helped Lucan Sarsfields reach the final of the Dublin minor B hurling championship at the 12th Lock last Sunday.
It put them 10 points clear at half-time and despite a couple of second half goals from St Sylvester’s – who featured guest players from Naomh Mearnog and Fingallians – the Lucan side were well clear for the most part.
They advance to play St Oliver Plunkett’s/Eoghan Ruadh in the final as they look to break the club’s recent hurling final hoodoo with both the junior and senior sides falling in county championship deciders.
Eoghan O’Conghaile played a key role while John Bellew and Rob Ennis also put in powerful performances while their forwards took their chances.
In the build-up to the first goal, Syl’s had hit the post before Lucan transferred the sliotar forward quickly to net themselves. Next up, Kelly pounced when a couple of Syl’s defenders collided while O’Neill scored a classy third goal en route to a 3-5 to 0-4 half-time lead.
Colm Byrne struck back with two goals in the second period but his side found five first half wides and a brick-wall Lucan defence in the latter stages insurmountable as they fell by seven points in the final tally.
It means they will face Plunkett’s on Sunday morning in the decider in O’Toole Park following the Ashtown club’s impressive 3-12 to 1-11 victory over Castleknock a couple of weeks ago.
Elsewhere, Lucan’s Under-21 footballers’ campaign came to an end at the quarter final stage of the A championship as their understrength side was undone by Ballyboden St Enda’s, 5-20 to 1-9.
Collie Dunne, Alan Flood and Colm Basquel all ran up big scores for Boden while the intercounty talent of Sam Molony helped power the Firhouse Road club in midfield, ending Lucan’s hopes of an upset.