Sarsfields stars in the hunt for Summer

by Gazette Reporter

LUCAN Sarsfields senior camogie side will hope to annex another title next week when they take on Kilmessan in the final of the Division 1 Summer Cup following a run of five victories back-to-back to reach the competition’s decider.

The tie is provisionally pencilled in for August 7 following emphatic back- to-back wins, seeing off Ballinteer St John’s 3-10 to 0-4 before undoing Portobello 3-17 to 0-3.
Lucan’s brand of slick hurling was too much for a brave Ballinteer side on a balmy night in Marlay Park with Jenny Ryan keeping another clean sheet and showing great authority around her goalmouth.
Deirdre O’Toole won all the ball that came up her wing. In good form now. Sinead Ni Lanagain was never under pressure at full-back while Niamh Power in the other corner is a good hurler and is settling in very well at this level. Calm on the ball and head up all the time. Good striker left and right. Rachael Kenny suffered an injury early on and missed the final group match against Portobello on Thursday night.
Ailise Dowling made some lovely clearances from centre-back and got sound support as ever from Rachel Leonard who has a good touch and is a solid striker and was among the most influential. Orla Moloney played her sweeper role to perfection.
Sarah Courtney and Laura Murtagh are playing at a very high level and dominated midfield while Noelle O’Riordan is very direct and going well in her new role in the forwards.
Caitriona Beirne and Charlotte Rooney are now stalwarts in the half-forward line and are both very combative and skillful while Joelenne Hoary has a very high conversion ratio of chances into scores as an archetypal prowling corner-forward. Niamh Berry has great hands and is a dangerous full-forward under the high ball, making for a fine team showing.
Meanwhile, Robbie Breen’s squad played their penultimate group game in Senior 6 Summer Cup against St Mark’s, winning 2-10 to 3-1.

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