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Lucan Sarsfields GAA Club Notes Monday 11 March

March 11, 2019

Disappointment for our Senior hurlers who lost out to a strong NaFianna side, a great away result for our Minor A footballers against Kilmacud Crokes, also our third Minor football team had a good away win vs Ballyboden, 14B Camogie had a good win away to Kilmacud Crokes, and our U15A Ladies football had a tough away win St. Brigids in Div1. Lots of match reports below.

We are delighted to announce our latest new partner, Liffey Valley Shopping Centre have come on aboard with the club for a period of 3 years. This is vital support from one of Ireland’s largest shopping and leisure destinations, and we are delighted to be teaming up with them.  

The Healthy Club team have also organised for Shane Carthy to speak in the bar this Wednesday, 13 March at 8pm. He will speak about his journey through depression from "just surviving to now living". This talk to open to all club members aged 16+. This is a free event with donations being accepted for Pieta House on the night.

Also dates have been announced for the 1st round of the Dublin Senior Championships.
Sat 6th Apr. Senior Hurlers vs Ballyboden 17.45 Parnell Pk,
Friday 12th Apr. Senior Football vs Skerries 19.30 Garristown.

Hard luck to our Dublin Minor camogie players, Ellen Dunphy and Aoife Byrne who lost out to a strong Tipp team. Well done to Dublin Ladies U14 footballer Clara Finn who was part of the squad who got their opening Leinster Championship win.

We wish Lucan Sarsfields Member Connor McKeon well as he prepares for his big gig in the National Concert Hall. Connor is playing April 4th with the Legends of Swing. Connor has givien us two complimentary tickets and we will be running a Facebook competition. So watch out for details.

Best wishes also to Peter Kelly and Laura Flanagan as they prepare for the wedding this week. We wish them well for their special day and the rest of their lives together.

Lotto There was no winner of the lotto on the 7th March, Numbers were 9, 13, 16 and 23. Next weeks’ jackpot €2,200, draw will be managed by Diarmuid Dawson and is sponsored by Feargal McCarthy, Painter and Decorator. Lucky Dips (€30): Sally O’Mahony, Jerry Myler, Mark+Mick Hanley, Averil McGarry, Paul Rigney. Play Online here, Or Tickets can be purchased at the Club, or in Kenny’s Vesey Arms.

Our deepest condolences to the Mullarkey family on the recent passing of Roger. May he rest in peace.


This Friday the 15th March the Lucan Sarsfields Disco is back – 4th, 5th and 6th Class disco , 7:30 to 9:30pm. €5, fully supervised.

Also St Patrick’s Day parade is this Sunday and of course we have a great day planned in the Club, there will be a free bus from St Mary’s BNS after the parade. There will be kids entertainment in the club from 4.30pm until 7.30pm, Comedy Magic Show and Kids disco with games. There will be Irish Music in the Bar from 4.30pm; hot food will be available, choice of adult and children’s menu. Live MUSIC then later in the club at 8.30pm after the parents have dropped the tired kids home…

The Senior Camogie team are running a Table Quiz on FRIDAY the 22nd March as they prepare for the season opener. 8.30pm in the club house, support always welcome and appreciated.

Golf Society Outings 2019
Saturday 13th April 2019 – Kilcock Golf Club
Saturday 18th May 2019 – Moyvalley Hotel & Golf Resort
Friday 21st June 2019 – Lucan Golf Club – Annual Classic.
Friday 19th July 2019 – Luttrellstown Golf & Country Club
Saturday 17th August 2019 – St. Margaret’s Golf & Country Club
Saturday 7th September 2019 – Gerry Mescall Captain’s Day Millicent Golf Club

We have a great social initiative within the club and as with everything it’s very open to new members. The mission of the social initiative is to make clubs more age-friendly by increasing participation of the more established members, particularly older males, in events. They run monthly events for more information contact Seaghan O Lanagain 086 266 4947.

Sars Stars – ‘GAA for All’ Tuesdays in Scoil Mhuire, Airlie Heights, all welcome, 5pm-5:45pm.

Lucan District CREDIT UNION Academy Saturday mornings 9:30am Girls, 10am Boys.

Zumba classes Tuesdays 7.30pm - 8.30pm. €8 per class, €5 for students.

25 Card Drive every Friday in the Bar, 8.00pm. Entry: €5 per person. 1st Prize: €50, 2nd Prize if 3 or more tables. Everyone Welcome.

CÚPLA FOCAL’ Mondays, 8pm to 9pm.

Bingo Wednesdays 8:30pm.

Club Shop is not open this Saturday the 16th March

Juvenile Camogie

The Under 10 Camogie team (cover picture) got their Go Games season off to a great start on Saturday in Castleknock on a windy afternoon. There were some great performances across our three teams, with the matches very competitive so early in the season, with plenty of lifting and striking on display.

Juvenile Hurling Reports

U12 Hurling A Blitz Gp.3

U12A met a tough St. Sylvesters in St Catherine's Park on Saturday in windy conditions that they took a while to settle into. St. Sylvesters started stronger but Lucan eventually found their game and fought back to limit Sylvesters to 1 point in 2nd half and level the game with last puck of the game to draw the game with 2-4 each. Lucan were the better hurlers on the day and once they had the measure of their opponents they all showed how well they can play. Some great fielding and breaking of tackles, few close misses and great scores rounded off a great game of hurling.

Scorers: Killian Costello 1-2, Michael O'Brien 0-2, Cian McCormick 1-0

U12 Hurling C Blitz Gp.2

Hurling b team had a mixed game against st. Marks. Failed to take advantage of a stiff wind and a player from st. Marks being sent off . Ls 2:2 st marks 3:4. A big thanks to Cathal for playing when injured. Cathal Dowling 1 point, Phelim Dunne 1 point, Marco Gayubo 1 goal and J P O'Connor 1 goal.

U12 Hurling E Blitz Gp.2

On a very windy morning the Lucan Lads faced a very strong BBSE. From the throw- in the Ballyboden lads dominated. However they did not have it all their own way and our lads hurled well in sporadic burst having their best spell in the last quarter. Final score Lucan 2-0 BBSE 11-4

Juvenile Football Report

There was a lot of juvenile football action this weekend within the CCC2 groups.

In the U-13 Grading Division 2 League, Lucan had a win against Westmanstown on a score line of 10-08 to 0-14. An excellent performance by this team.

Date: 9/3/2019

Venue: AWP 12th Lock

Opposition: Westmanstown Gaels

Competition: U13 Div 2 Grading

Final Score: Lucan Sarsfields 10-8     Westmanstown Gaels 0-14

Fourth grading match against local neighbours Westmanstown Gaels was played in bright conditions on Saturday afternoon on the AWP at the club. Lucan dominated the early exchanges and raced into an early lead from some early goals . The play ebbed and flowed but it was Lucan’s ability to get goals that saw them lead by 10 points at the break.The second half followed a similar pattern with some excellent team goals cementing the Lucan lead and despite a gritty fightback by Westmanstown, Lucan ran out comfortable winners.

Squad: Sean Treanor, Chris Hylands, Callum Morris, Aaron Cronin, Oisin Sharkey,  Massimo Pappalardo, Gareth McDonnell, Reece Kelly, Callum Keane, Liam Fitzgerald, Gavin Collins, Adam Rock, Daire Collis, Charlie McHugh, Louie Fanning, Robert Keher.

Date: 09/03/19
Venue: AWP 12th lock Lucan
Opposition: Erin Go Bragh
Competition:U13 Football Grading
Final Score: Lucan Sarsfield’s C 5-01 to 7-05 Erin Go Bragh 

Match Report:

Lucan got off to a bad start with the opposition scoring a goal from the throw in. The physical difference between teams was a telling factor as Lucan struggled in get into the game. In the second half Lucan managed to pull back the score line with most of the play in the opposition half, however the team were guilty of kicking some wides and were very unlucky to hit the crossbar 4 times.  Lucan battled hard in the 2nd half, doubling up on tackles , playing some intelligent football and trying hard right up to the final whistle.

Squad: M Brennan, O Corry, C Lawlor, S Wright, D Harrington, E Walsh, D Thomas, J O’Reilly, K O’Connor, H Geoghegan, C Murphy, S Geoghegan, F Haran, J Browne, S Tormey, S Walsh, C  Hartigan. Scorers: S Walsh, J Browne, S Tormey, K O’Connor, J O’Reilly

In the U-14 Division 5 League, Lucan had a good win against Parnells.

Parnells. 2-02
Lucan Sarsfields 2-05

A very scrappy first half with both teams struggling to find any rhythm. With the wind in Lucan’s favour the team worked hard but couldn't finish off moves more down to the opponents tackling than hitting some wides .It took 20 minutes for the first score , a goal for Lucan taken well by Ryan Dunne . We went in at half time 2-1 to 1-1 ahead but felt that the team had even more in them. After a good chat at half time Lucan went out with the message to play possession and work more as a team. They certainly did and the movement and effort of the second half was hugely improved. Although Parnells played their part and got back level with a goal and a point , Lucan showed great courage to take the game to them . The team scored 4 points without reply in the last 15mins and the pick of them was from Oran Smith popping up on the left hand side and from 25 yards sending a beauty over the bar. This gave the lads a big lift and from then on Lucan played some great football .

The defence was immense and I have to mention Liam Fitzgerald and captain Sean Corry for some fantastic interceptions and tackling .

A great result in the end but the second half performance was the most pleasing thing.

Date: 9th March              
Venue: AGP0    
Opposition: St Judes B
Competition: U14 Football Division 10
Final Score: 4-9 to 0-5

Having won the toss, St. Judes elected to play with a very strong wind in the first half and from the outset put huge pressure on the Lucan defence. The Sarsfields half back line of Kevin Keane, Sean McGowan and James Kearney were in particularly good form however and the close attention they paid to the Judes runners prevented them from having any easy shots on target. Those balls that did break through were mopped up in a tidy manner by the Lucan full back line anchored by Cian O’Driscoll and high, wind assisted balls, dropped from out the field on to the square were confidently dealt with by net minder Sean Kearney. After 15 minutes St. Judes had scored two points when Sarsfields opened their account with a well taken point by full forward Daniel Byrne. St. Judes continued to apply pressure but the first goal, when it came, was off a Lucan boot. A long but perfectly accurate kick from midfielder Oran Fitton found left corner forward Sean Teehan, who dinked the ball over the head of the onrushing full back into the path of right corner forward Cian Maher who in turn rounded the St. Judes goalkeeper to finish the move. When the first half whistle blew it was Lucan who held the narrowest of leads, 1-2 to 0-4. St. Judes started strongly in the second half and continued to work the ball well up the field. Again they couldn’t break through the Sarsfields defence and had to watch as Lucan backs and mid fielders repeatedly ran the ball back down towards the forwards who moved the ball quickly, scoring 3-7 in the second half, all of which except one point came from play. The return could have been much higher but for some excellent saves from the St. Judes goalkeeper, including a penalty saved from joint top scorer Alex Keegan.

Squad: Sean Kearney, Ronan Munnelly, Cian O’Driscoll, Cian Nohilly, Kevin Keane, Sean McGowan, James Kearney, Jasper Nolan, Oran Fitton, Conor Smullen, Alex Keegan, Callum Norman, Cian Maher, Daniel Byrne, Sean Teehan, Ryan Donnelly. Scorers: A. Keegan 1-3, C. Maher 3-0, C. Smullen 0-4 (1f), C. Norman 1-0, D. Byrne 0-2.

Both U-15 football teams were also in league action on Sunday.

Date                      10th March 2019
Venue                  Donabate
Opposition          St Pats Donabate
Competition       U15 Division 1
Final Score          St Pats 0-03 / Lucan Sarsfields 6-10

Eaten bread is soon forgotten or so they say, but not for this bunch of Lucan footballers!  Continuing on from their last outing, Lucan attacked the game with focus and effort from the very start.  Playing against a very stiff breeze, Lucan took an early lead by 10 minutes 0-03 - 0-01.  St Pats came back with a couple of scores but all of their scores were from frees such was the tenacity of Lucan’s defence that the lads did not concede a score from play. Indeed the lads closed out the first half with a superb team goal that has become their stock in trade!  Lucan upped the intensity in the second half with a flurry of goals and points and shutting out St Pats entirely for the second half.  Not even the hailstorm 10 minutes before throw in could dampen any spirits here in another great performance. 

Squad: Cathal Doody, Jack Doyle, Eoin Kilduff, Joey McSweeney, Alex Hickey, Finn Bruton, Zach Delmar, Jamie Smith, Jack Behan, Conor Hylands, Conor Sheary, Rian Fortune, Michael Cunningham, Gareth Kennedy, Charlie Mulqueen, Colin Duffy, David Mulqueen, Rossa Daly, Joey Dunne, Luca Kavanagh (injured)

Scorers: Conor Hylands (2-01), Conor Sheary (1-02), Davy Mulqueen (2-00), Jack Behan (0-03), Charlie Mulqueen (1-01), Rian Fortune (0-02), Rossa Daly (0-01)

In the U-15 Division 7 League, Lucan lost out to St, Vincents on a score line of 5-12 to 3-05.

On Saturday, both U-16 football teams were in action.

Date:                                     9th March, 2019                
Venue:                                 Coláiste Phádraig CBS
Opposition:                        Ballymun Kickhams
Competition:                     U16 Football Division 2
Final Score:                         Lucan Sarsfields 2-8 - Ballymun Kickhams 2-3

Match Report:

Lucan began the game at a blistering pace and after ten minutes led by five points. Some great link play out of backs to forwards set up a great goal before half time and we led 1-7 to 0-2 at half point, despite playing against a strong breeze.

Second half began the same as we kept possession well and added another point. However, as the half progressed we dropped back a bit and invited Ballymun on who in turn picked off a few scores to be only two points behind heading into the last few minutes. However, the game was settled in the dying moments with Lucan getting a second goal to run out deserved winners.

Squad – Cathal Doody, Neil O’Leary, Aidan Sheary, Cillian Morrissey, Stephen Ramsay, Rian Carey, Jamie Lavin, Jack O’Donnell, Sam Noctor, Tony Mulqueen, Jack Lawlor, Hugh Cuffe, Matthew Coogan, Louis Butler, Brendan Kavanagh, Adam Gilmore, Adam Whyte, Samuel Keogh, Ryan Lynch, Sean Harkness, James Finn, Shane Coffey, Rheece Lamphiere.

In the U-16 Division 5 League, Lucan lost out to St. Patricks (P) on a score line of 5-09 to 1-02.

Well done to all the teams competing at the weekend.

Adult Hurling Report

Our three adult hurling teams defied weather warnings and pitch inspections and manged to get their second round of league games played on a bitterly cold and windy March Sunday. It was a Meatloaf result, with wins for Junior As and Bs, but a loss for the Seniors. Match reports below;

AHL 1: Lucan Sarsfields 1-8 Na Fianna 0-15.

This was a second league defeat and a somewhat disappointing performance for the Lucan senior team. The biting cold wind made it very difficult for crisp hurling and it was a dogged battle throughout. Na Fianna generally had the upper hand and deserved their 4 point win. Lucan got the opening score though a good point from Kevin Fitzgerald but Na Fianna then took over and were 0-5 to 0-1 ahead after 15 minutes. Lucan got into the game more in the second quarter and reduced the gap to 0-9 to 0-6 by half-time, with Donie Flannery showing well and taking some nice scores during that period. Na Fianna were on top again after the break and extended their lead to six, before a Paul Crummey goal after 45 minutes gave Lucan a lifeline. However, Lucan failed to capitalise on some good chances from both placed balls and from play, and never managed to narrow the gap further. The Na Fianna defence held the upperhand in the latter stages and they comfortably held a 4 point margin to the finish. John Bellew and Matt McCaffrey were very solid in the Lucan defence, while Donie Flannery and Kevin Fitzgerald were most prominent in a forward line that struggled to make an impact.

Lucan Team/Scorers: D O’Neill, P Smith, J Bellew, P Rigney, P Kelly, M McCaffrey (0-1f), G Millea, J McCaffrey, R Smith, R Ward, K Fitzgerald (0-1), D Flannery (0-5, 0-3f), P Crummey (1-0), A McNulty, C McHugh (0-1). Subs introduced: P Claffey.

 AHL5: Lucan Sarsfields 2-16 Skerries 1-10.

Lucan Junior A’s followed up their opening round draw with a good win over Skerries to edge them towards the upper end of the Table after two rounds. It was comfortable throughout for the home team, with two first half goals from Cathal O’Maolmhána providing a cushion that was never really threatened. Lucan lead 2-8 to 0-5 at the break. Lucan continued to dominate in the second half. Skerries did rally a little to claim a goal but Lucan quickly responded with further points to snuff out any hope of a comeback. Barry Aird lorded at centre back for Lucan while Padraig O’Connor was also very effective in a dominant half back line. Oisin O’Brien was accurate from frees and also picked off a couple of nice scores from play, while new full forward Podge Kennedy also had a fine outing. Tommy Somers and Rory Stapleton, who had been on the line with the seniors in the earlier game, also made an impact when introduced. Overall, this was a good team performance and Lucan’s new management team can be satisfied with their early season position.

Lucan Team/Scorers: K Roche, T Swords, J Byrne, E Higgins, P O’Connor, B Aird, E O’Connor, I Crowley, R Twomey, A Lee (0-1), R Lambert, O O’Brien (0-6, 0-4f), C Hogan (0-1), P Kennedy (0-4), C O’Maolmhána (2-0). Subs introduced: T Somers (0-3), R Stapleton (0-1), F Clandillon, A Flanagan, E Connolly.

AHL8: Lucan Sarsfields 4-18 Naomh Mearnóg 2-10.

After 25 mins of this contest, Lucan found themselves 8 points behind and struggling to find their form in the difficult underfoot conditions in Adamstown. A well taken goal from Eoghan Gately late in the first half gave Lucan a lifeline and the half time deficit was a more manageable 5 points, 2-7 to 1-5, as Lucan would have the wind at their backs in the second half. However, the wind alone would not explain the second half turn-around. Lucan upped their work rate considerably and some players who were quite in the first half began to get into the game and dominate. The deficit was quickly reduced with a series of points and then Lucan’s second goal, a pile driver into the top corner from Killian Boylan, put Lucan in front for the first time. Lucan continued to rack up the scores and a further goal from Evan Lombard put the issue beyond doubt. The impressive Dara Reid added the fourth goal neat the end as the home team ran out comfortable winners after a remarkable second half turn-around. The Lucan defence was very solid as usual with full back Ian Fitzgerald and centre back James Cavanagh providing a strong spine. Killian Boylan was industrious in midfield, while Evan Lombard (second half) and James Mullins were the best of the forwards. Ciaran Keane was very accurate from placed balls and kept Lucan in the game in the first half when scores from play were hard to come by.

Lucan Team/scorers: L Finnerty, S Stapleton, I Fitzgerald, S Farrell, D Reid (1-0), J Cavanagh, P Fagan, K Boylan (1-1), A Finnerty (0-1), S Donohue, E Lombard (1-3), C Keane (0-9, 0-8f), S Keegan, J Mullins (0-2), A Glover. Subs introduced: E Gately (1-0), J O’Connor, D Parsons.

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