Sarsfields end the season on high note

by Stephen Findlater
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LUCAN Sarsfields produced an incredible turnaround against Parnell’s to land the Dublin Ladies Gaelic Division 4 title last weekend in Chanel as they bounced back from a heavy opening day defeat in the competition to claim the silverware.

Back in September, Lucan succumbed to the north Dublin side by a massive 19 points, but they showed how times had changed in the interim with Shauna Kinsella handed the trophy by the Dublin County Board’s Mary O’Connor following a nerve-shredding final.

They bounced back from that opening day defeat to see off Castleknock and Erin Go Bragh before receiving a walkover from Erin’s Isle.

It set up the return date with Parnell’s in the final and, after a tough start to the game, it looked like the tie could potentially go the way of the result during the league stage of the competition.

The Coolock club were two goals to the good in jig-time, but Lucan fought back well to get back to within a point at half-time.

Again, Parnells started the second half the better and went ahead by four points, necessitating yet another Lucan comeback and they ultimately got the goals to move three points ahead down the closing stretch.

On the day, Orla Moloney produced a superb performance at full back while Sinead O’Keeffe at centre back proved a huge presence. Danie Murray and Orla Beagan dominated the midfield in the second half while there were lively performances from Shauna Kinsella, Eimear Murray and Claire Allen in half forwards up front.

Kinsella, Danie Murray, Beagan and Clodagh Flannagan kicked the vital scores.

Rachael Cosgrove, on debut in goals, also impressed in an excellent end to end game of football. Lucan moved three points ahead with five minutes to go and survived three Parnells attacks on goal to finally get over the line.

Lucan Sarsfields: R Cosgrove, R O’Neill, S O’Keeffe, E King, S Moloney, O Moloney, A McHugh, D Murray, O Beagan, S Kinsella (captain), E Murray, C Allen, C Flannagan, A Reynalds, A Doyle

Subs: E O’Flynn, G Berry, C Sexton, S Flannagan

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