Sarsfields claim U-21 championship

by Gazette Reporter
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LUCAN Sarsfields landed the Dublin Under-21 championship hurling title last weekend when they proved too strong for Ballyboden St Enda’s at O’Toole Park.

The 12th Lock side produced an immense fightback from a five- point deficit with 20 minutes to go to produce a stunning 10-point turnaround.
Eoghan O’Congaile (0-6), Chris Crummey (0-5), Emmet O’Conghaile (0-3) and Sean McClelland (0-2) did the majority of the damage for the eventual winners who drew level inside the last 10 minutes.
Emmet O’Conghaile was given his marching orders with eight minutes to go but his side had all the momentum and continued their scoring to race over the line, offering the opportunity for Matt McCaffrey to lift the silverware.
On a heavy pitch, Boden played with the assistance of a strong breeze in the first half and Jamie Desmond at centre-back opened the scoring when he put over a long-range free after a few minutes.
The exchanges were close and with no run on the ball, most of the action took place in the middle third of the field.
A similar pattern emerged for the rest of the half and try as they might, Boden’s forwards could not create the kind of chances that might threaten the Lucan goal. A pair of Colm O’Neill frees, though, brought the score at half-time to Boden 0-5, Lucan 0-4.
Boden started well in the second half with a point from out on the left by James Roche. Lucan then levelled and this is when Boden had their purple patch, building up a 2-6 to 0-7 lead.
A low ball from Roche on the sideline found Adam Jermyn on the run. The centre forward moved into position and fired a dipping shot over the Lucan keeper and into the net. This gave Boden a great lift and better was to come when Roche again got his hand on the ball and went for goal. He lifted the ball across the square where the in-rushing Jonathon O’Driscoll found the net after 10 minutes of the second half.
However, Lucan took control for the rest of the match and scoring chances for Boden were limited. They were to score just a single further point while Lucan scored 11 points. McClelland used the wing to land a monster point while Emmet O’Conghaile used the boot to great effect to get the sides level.
A late penalty and free offered some hope to Boden but they did not capitalise and Lucan were soaring to the title.

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