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Lucan Sarsfields GAA Club Notes

August 13, 2020

It was a busy week on the adult hurling front with all seven teams in championship action. Our three minor teams were in action mid-week with the Minor A’s drawing with Cuala, Minor Bs losing to St Vincents and the Minor C’s recording a first championship win, defeating Good Counsel/Liffey Gaels. All three minor teams remain in contention for a place in the knock out stages as they face the final round of group games next Sunday 16th.

Lucan Sarsfields Senior Hurlers will now face Kilmacud Crokes in the quarter finals of the Dublin Senior Hurling Championship following the draw with St Vincents in Parnell Park last Saturday afternoon. 

Lucan’s Ben Coffey (wearing 28 due to blood on his Jersey) converted two frees late in the game to earn the draw, to bring his free tally to 4 as well as one from play and a 65. Match Report below and on Dublin GAA website, click here to view.

Then on Sunday, our three Junior teams were in action. The Junior A’s lost to St Vincents but still progress to the quarter-finals. The Junior B’s had a big win over St Josephs OCB and progress as group winners, while the Junior Cs had a good win over St Judes and remain in contention for a semi-final place with one group game still to play. With 18 championship games played to date across our 7 adult teams, we are running at a 70% success rate and all teams still in contention. The stakes increase further now as we move towards the knock out stages. We have a lot of players with injuries across all teams and we wish all those involved a speedy return to action in this very condensed season.

In Ladies Football, the Juniors won their third group game against Ballinteer in Nutgrove and now meet Clontarf in the Championship Semi-Final, the Intermediates won away against St Maurs, and the Minor and underage leagues got underway. Go-Games commence this weekend.

There were big wins for both Junior Camogie teams during the week following Last Sunday’s Senior win over Kilmacud Crokes.

The Senior Footballers play in O’Toole Park against Judes this Saturday, with attendances restricted, we hope to stream this game on our YouTube channel, see our social media pages on the day for the link. The Juniors continue their championship campaigns on Sunday.

Important Notice re Covid-19 Advice

The GAA have updated Covid-19 advice for GAA Clubs in Kildare, Laois and Offaly (full article here.) It is the view of the Covid-19 Advisory Group that Gaelic games members and clubs in those Counties should continue to follow the Government guidelines as laid out. In that context, it has been agreed that while the current restrictions remain in place, Government travel restrictions should be adhered to. Unfortunately participation in sporting activity is not a valid reason to travel. 

Teams should not expect mentors or players normally resident in the affected counties to attend meetings, training or games.

Congratulations to Joe Whyte who gave his 250th platelet donation this week! Fantastic to read the comments on the Irish Blood Transfusion Service Facebook page. If you are in a position to be a donor of blood or platelets, please go to the website for more information.

Golf Society: Lucan Sarsfields Golf Society is back in action for two outings in 2020; Kilcock on Sat 15th Aug and Luttrellstown on Sat 12 Sept. Kilcock tee is booked from 12.00pm to 1.30pm, fee €30, play in 4-balls. Timesheet is now open. Please contact Seamus Fagan at 086 8168984 to book your preferred tee-time.


Now that games/activities are up and running again, please be aware that Dogs are not allowed on the clubhouse premises. When arranging home fixtures, please inform opposing teams that this will be enforced, and visitors with dogs may be politely asked to leave with their pet.

The latest edition of the GAA Newsletter is available here:

The Summer 2020 edition of Peil Magazine is available here:

The 12th Lock Café opening hours 6-9pm Monday to Friday and 9:30am to 1:30pm on Saturday.

Club Shop opening hours: Thursday, 7:30-8.30pm and Saturdays 10am-1pm.


Lucan Sarsfields Lotto Jackpot €2600: There was no winner of the €2200 Lotto Jackpot sponsored by Newcastle Golf Center , held on Thursday 13th August, 2020. 

The numbers drawn were 18, 20, 22 and 25. 

Five Lucky Dip winners of €30 each are; Dara Walsh, Sean Egan, Tim O’Callaghan, Michelle Armstrong and Brendan Keenan


 Next weeks’ draw is for €2600 and is sponsored by Henley Fork Lift Group and managed by Josephine Donohue. The draw will be held behind closed doors on Thursday 20th August, and can be watched Live on our Facebook Page. You can enter the draw by clicking HERE.

IMPORTANT: For the duration of the current restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak the lotto draw will take place on Thursday nights @ 9pm behind closed doors. You can still enter the draw by clicking on Make sure to get your entry in before 6pm on Thursday to be included in that night's draw. These are very challenging times, so please continue to support your Club by playing lotto online.

This Weeks Fixtures

(All Times subject to change)

Friday 14th August

19:30 U14A Ladies Football League, Kilmacud Crokes v Lucan Sarsfields

19:30 U14B Ladies Football League, Lucan Sarsfields B v Ballinteer St John B

19:30 Minor B Hurling Challenge, Lucan Sarsfields v Castleknock

Saturday 15th August

10:00 U9 Football Challenge, Lucan Sarsfields v Round Towers

11:00 U12B Hurling Challenge, Lucan Sarsfields v Westmanstown

12:00 U14A Camogie League, Naomh Jude v Lucan Sarsfields

12:00 U14B Camogie League, Na Fianna v Lucan Sarsfields

12:15 U12C Hurling Challenge, Lucan Sarsfields v Round Towers Clondalkin

13:00 U12 Ladies Football Autumn, Round Towers Clondalkin v Lucan Sarsfields

13:30 U15A Ladies Football League, Castleknock v Lucan Sarsfields

13:30 U15B Ladies Football League, Lucan Sarsfields v St Oliver Plunketts ER

14:00 U10 Ladies Football Autumn, Castleknock v Lucan Sarsfields

15:00 U16A Camogie League, Lucan Sarsfields v Raheny

15:30 U16 Hurling A Championship Gp.1, Lucan Sarsfields A v Naomh Barrog A

15:30 U16 Hurling C Championship Gp.2, Naomh Mearnog v Lucan Sarsfields B

16:00 OToole Park – Senior Football Championship, St Judes v Lucan Sarsfields

16:00 U13B Ladies Football League, Whitehall Colmcille v Lucan Sarsfields

17:00 U13A Ladies Football League, Lucan Sarsfields v Ballyboden St Enda

17:00 U12A Hurling Challenge Lucan Sarsfields v Fingallians

Sunday 16th August

10:00 U9 Ladies Football Autumn, Castleknock v Lucan Sarsfields

10:00 U13A Camogie League Erins Isle v Lucan Sarsfields

10:00 U13B Camogie League St Finians v Lucan Sarsfields

11:00 Junior A Football Championship Raheny v Lucan Sarsfields

11:00 Minor A Hurling Championship Lucan Sarsfields v St Vincents

11:00 Minor C Hurling Championship Lucan Sarsfields v St Oliver Plunketts ER

11:30 U15A Camogie League Ballinteer v Lucan Sarsfields

11:30 U15B Camogie League Craobh Chiarain v Lucan Sarsfields

12:00 U11 Ladies Football Autumn, Cuala v Lucan Sarsfields

13:30 Senior Camogie Championship St Vincents v Lucan Sarsfields

15:00 Junior B Football Championship Lucan Sarsfields v Geraldine P Moran

16:30 U16A Ladies Football League, Lucan Sarsfields v Cuala

16:30 U16B Ladies Football League, Crumlin v Lucan Sarsfields

Monday 17th August

19:15 Minor A Ladies Football League Lucan Sarsfields v Ballyboden

19:15 Minor C Ladies Football League Lucan Sarsfields v Ballyboden

Tuesday 18th August

19:00 Junior 3 Camogie Championship Lucan Sarsfields v Naomh Brid

19:00 Junior 4 Camogie Championship Naomh Peregrine v Lucan Sarsfields

19:00 U15B Football Championship Clontarf B v Lucan Sarsfields B

19:00 U15C Football Championship Lucan Sarsfields C v Fingallions

19:30 U15A Football Championship St Sylvesters A v Lucan Sarsfields A

Wed 19th August

19:00 U12 Hurling F Blitz O’Tooles 2 v Lucan Sarsfields 4

19:00 Junior F Championship Semi-Final, Lucan Sarsfields v Clontarf

19:00 Intermediate Shield Semi-Final, Skerries v Lucan Sarsfields

19:30 U14A Camogie, St Judes v Lucan Sarsfields

Thursday 20th August

19:00 Intermediate Camogie Championship Lucan Sarsfields v Whitehall Colmcille

19:00 U16A Football Championship Kilmacud Crokes A v Lucan Sarsfields A

19:00 U16B Football Championship Lucan Sarsfields B v O’Dwyers B

For The Record:

Thursday 6th August

Junior 5 Football Championship, Lucan Sarsfields 4-07, Castleknock 4-04

Friday 7th August

U14A Ladies Football League, Lucan Sarsfields St Judes

U14B Ladies Football League, Round Towers Clondalkin 2-06, Lucan Sarsfields 2-04

Saturday 8th August

Senior A Hurling Championship  St Vincents 1-17, 1-17 Lucan Sarsfields

U14A Camogie League Division 1 Lucan Sarsfields 1-05, 6-06 Ballyboden

U13A Ladies Football League, Kilmacud Crokes 1-04, Lucan Sarsfields 1-13

U15A Ladies Football League, Lucan Sarsfields 2-08, 6-16 Templeogue Synge Street

U15B Ladies Football League, Na Fianna B 1-12, 2-02 Lucan Sarsfields

Sunday 9th August

Senior 1 Camogie Championship Group 1 Lucan Sarsfields 2-14 Kilmacud Crokes 2-11

U15A Camogie, League Lucan Sarsfields 4-13 Na Fianna 0-7

U13A Camogie, Lucan Sarsfields 5-20, Naomh Olaf, 0-0

Junior A Hurling, Championship Lucan Sarsfields 1-10 St Vincents 4-12

Junior B Hurling, Championship Lucan Sarsfields 7-21 St Josephs OCB 0-5

Junior C Hurling, Championship Lucan Sarsfields 3-14 St Judes 0-5

Minor A Football, Championship St Vincents 2-10 Lucan Sarsfields 3-17

Minor B Football, Championship Kilmacud Crokes 5-12 Lucan Sarsfields 4-12

Minor C Football, Championship St Vincents 1-9 Lucan Sarsfields 1-9

U16A Ladies Football, League, Clanna Gael/Fontenoy 3-05 Lucan Sarsfields 10-14

U16B Ladies Football, League Lucan Sarsfields 7-04, Templeogue Synge St 6-11

Monday 10th August

U16A Football Championship, Lucan Sarsfields 5-15 Fingallians 1-5

U16B Football, Championship, Templeogue Synge St 1-14 Lucan Sarsfields 2-10

Minor A Ladies Football League, Kilmacud Crokes 1-13 Lucan Sarsfields 3-8

Minor B Ladies Football League, Naomh Olaf 5-16 Lucan Sarsfields 5-12

Tuesday 11th August

Junior 4 Camogie, Championship, Lucan Sarsfields D 10-15  Na Fianna 0-2

Junior 3 Camogie, Championship, Na Gaeil Oga 1-2 Lucan Sarsfields C 9-12

Wed 12th August

Intermediate Ladies Football Championship, St Maurs 0-8 Lucan Sarsfields 3-11

Junior F Ladies Football Championship, Ballinteer St Johns 1-11 Lucan Sarsfields 1-16

Thursday 13th August

U13B Camogie League, Lucan Sarsfields 3-1, Kilmacud Crokes 6-5

U15A Hurling Championship, Kilmacud Crokes 5-18 Lucan Sarsfields 2-14

U15B Hurling, Championship, Faughs v  Lucan Sarsfields  (Late Result)


Match Reports

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SHC: Lucan Sarsfields 1-17 St Vincents 1-17.

An almost empty Parnell Park provided an unusual atmosphere for this final round group game, but it proved to be a stirring contest nonetheless. Lucan played some of their best hurling of the year to date and probably should have won the game but a total of 14 wides proved their undoing as they had to settle for a draw and progress to the quarter-finals as group runners up. Nevertheless, there were many positives to take form this performance and they will look forward with confidence to the quarter-final. Lucan started brightly but had a succession of wides before Chris Crummey got their first score in the 10th minute, at which stage Vincents had 3 on the board from much less possession. The remainder of the half was very evenly contested, and Vincents held a narrow lead at half-time, 0-10 to 0-9.

A goal from Paul Crummey in the 35th minute put Lucan ahead for the first time, but the sides were level again by the water break, 1-12 to 0-15. Lucan had edged ahead again by the 55th minute but then Vincents broke through for a goal and what looked like a decisive 2 point lead. Lucan responded well to that and got the final couple of scores to ensure a draw. Cillian Murray was very solid in the Lucan goal in front of a defence in which Matt McCaffrey had an excellent hour and Alan Murphy continues to develop. Paul Crummey showed a return to top form in the forwards where Ben Coffey also had a fine game. Overall, it was a good team performance from Lucan and plenty to build on for the next day.

Lucan team/scorers: C Murray, P Claffey, A Murphy, M May, J Bellew (0-1), J McCaffrey, M McCaffrey, R Smith, R Ward, P Kelly (0-1), C Crummey (0-3), B Coffey (0-8, 0-7f), D Flannery, P Crummey (1-3), C Dowling. Subs introduced: K Fitzgerald (0-1), M Dunne, Emmet O’Conghaile, P Smith.

JAHC: Lucan Sarsfields 1-10 St Vincents 4-12

Lucan Junior A's faced off against an experienced Vincents team on Sunday morning but were missing some key personnel from the previous win vs. Parnells. The opening exchanges were even enough but a Vincents goal after eight minutes was the key score before the water break at which stage the northside team led by 1-2 to 0-2. A placed ball Kevin O'Reilly and a David Kavanagh score were the Lucan contributions.

After the short interval, Vincents pressed on and, following an O'Reilly 65, they netted again on 23 minutes. Lucan closed the gap a little, including a Luke Murphy point, but were still behind 2-6 to 0-5 at half time despite playing with the breeze.

Lucan improved in the third quarter and three O'Reilly placed balls narrowed the gap. Vincents regained control of the game with a few points and a disputed third goal before the next break.

Lucan started to run out of steam in the closing stages and despite an O'Reilly goal, Vincents finished stronger with 1-5 in the final quarter. Vincents shaded the wide count 12-11 and both teams missed five placed balls. Vincents did have the greater amount of possession and made it count to good effect. Lucan picked up additional injuries in both halves which did not help their cause.

Lucan Team/Scorers: F Clandillon; T Behan, T Clandillon, A Sheehan; A McNulty, L Murphy (0-2), N Gleeson; B Aird, E O'Connor; D Kavanagh (c) (0-1), R Lambert, I Crowley; C Ó Maolmhána, D Kelly, K O'Reilly (1-6: 1-4f, 0-2 65); Subs introduced: G Coleman, A Lee, O O'Brien, K Masterson, C Hogan.

JCHC: Lucan Sarsfields 7-21 St Josephs OCB 0-5.

This third round Junior C championship clash was over as a contest very early as Lucan bagged some early goals against a visiting team that had struggled to get a team out with little left to play for in the championship. Lucan progress as group winners after 3 wins and now look forward to the quarter-finals. It would be wrong to read too much into this performance as it was never really a contest. The strength in depth of the panel was shown by the strong impact of the subs in the second half.

Lucan team/scorers: L Finnerty, D Hussey, P Fagan, S Farrell, J O’Toole, J Mullins, C Rigney, S Donohue (0-4, 0-1f), A Finnerty (0-1), A Hanley (0-3), E Lombard (1-0), C Keane (0-5, 0-3f), K Boylan (3-0), A Glover (2-3), J O’Connor (1-0). Subs introduced: J Cavanagh (0-2), I Fitzgerald, P Kane, C O’Conghaile (0-3).

JGHC: Lucan Sarsfields 3-14 St Judes 0-5

Lucan's third junior team followed up on their second round win over Stars of Erin with a good performance against St Judes on Sunday afternoon at the 12th Lock. Fintan Ward nailed the opening score from the middle of the field which was quickly followed up by a Paddy Kennedy score. Liam O'Connor added a placed ball in what was a keenly contested opening quarter.

Judes accuracy picked up in the second quarter and they came back to tie the game 0-4 each at half time.

Judes briefly took the lead but some positional changes and the introduction of Charlie Caseley ensured Lucan took a grip on the game. O'Connor added five placed balls and a Caseley score gave some breathing room. Paddy Kennedy was influential on the edge of the square and won a penalty which he took himself. The Judes keeper saved the initial effort but Mick O'Malley was first to react and fired home the rebound on 45 minutes.

Fresh legs from the Lucan bench kept the pressure on Judes with Daniel Coogan setting up Shaun Keegan for a goal before adding a point himself. Martin O'Shea also goaled following an O'Connor strike. Brian Fagan and Caseley added further scores as Judes tired near the end as they were also facing the breeze. Lucan had nine different scorers in what was a good team performance but can probably expect tougher examinations in the games to come.

Lucan Team & scorers: E Gately; S Stapleton, A Flanagan, B Fagan (0-1); C Mannion, R Moloney, N Murray; C Shanahan, F Ward (0-1); C O'Neill, M O'Malley (1-0), L O'Connor (0-7, 0-6f 0-1 65); S Keegan (1-0), P Kennedy (0-1) C Byrne; Subs introduced: C Caseley (0-3), D Coogan (0-1), M O'Shea (1-0), S Egan.

MAHC: Lucan Sarsfields 1-17 Cuala 1-17 

This second round group game was played under perfect conditions at the club on Wednesday evening last. Cuala knew they had to take something from this game or they were gone out of the competition. Lucan started brightly, going 4 points to 1 up after 12 mins. However, Cuala started to thunder in into the game and scored the next 8 points to go 9 -4 up approaching the break. 

Lucan were struggling to get onto the breaks and under high ball but kept battling on in what was a very physical contest.

The second half started brightly for Lucan, hitting 1 - 2 within 5 minutes to go back in front. Cuala then had a man sent off after an off the ball incident. This seemed to solidify the Cuala players who levelled the game with 10 minutes to go. It was score for score for the rest of the game with it finally ending 1 17 apiece.

Lucan’s final group game is at home to Vincents where a win would put Lucan top of the group.

Lucan panel: Cian Canavan, Ciaran O Brien, Fintan Ward, Jamie Lavin, Ben O Toole, Colm Walsh, Mark Gormley, Cian Duffy, Sean Harkness, Matt Coogan, Charlie Keher, Evin Dowling, Mikey Young, Oisin Ryan, Hugh Cuffe, Ciaran O Brien, James Finn, Declan Lawlor, Cathal Britton, Jack McCarthy, Charlie Caseley, Daire Murphy.

MCHC: Lucan Sarsfields 1-13 St Vincents 3-13.

Vincents got off to a great start finding the net in the second minute in this second-round group game played in AGP3. A pair of Dean Boylan frees and further scores from Adam White and Neil O'Leary kept Lucan in touch. Vincents also got a few points and goaled again on fourteen minutes to further extend their lead to 2-3 to 0-4 at the water break.

Lucan missed a few chances to advance their cause after the short break which was costly as Vincents found the net again in the 22nd minute. Lucan got the next three scores but were still behind 3-5 to 0-7 at half-time.

Lucan stepped up in the third quarter and further scores from White and Boylan, followed by an Eoin Power score and a long-range Brendan Kavanagh free narrowed the margin in a quarter when Vincents converted four frees.

Both keepers made good saves in the fourth quarter and were assured under the high ball. Lucan dropped in a few balls but the Vincents goal remained intact until deep into injury time when Power fetched in the air and ran through to finish. There was still six points between the teams at the end of the contest with Lucan rueing a much higher wide-count compared to the more physical Marino outfit.

Lucan Team and scorers: C Doody; L Power, P Farrell, S Egan; J Ivory, C Morrisey, C Ryan; B Kavanagh (0-3: 0-1f), R Carey; R Brant, A White (0-2), D Boylan (0-6f); N O'Leary (0-1), J Brant, S Coffey; Subs introduced: E Power (1-1), C Hannon, J Mooney, O Twamley

MDHC: Lucan Sarsfields 3-9 Good Counsel/Liffey Gaels 2-10 

The second round of championship games saw Lucan Sarsfields Minor C team take on Good Counsel / Liffey Gaels in the Minor D Championship group 1 at Adamstown. Lucan got off to a great start with Conor Cooper getting two early points, Luke O’Neill made some very early stops to keep Lucan in touch with their opponents, in a close game Lucan’s Noah O’Kelly took advantage of an early free to shoot for goal and score. This gave the whole team a huge lift and by the 1st water break Lucan were trailing by a single point.

After the water break Lucan came into their own taking their opportunities, Noah O’Kelly adding a very good point from play, and Justin Myler was a constant threat at full forward.

By halftime Lucan had taken a 2 point lead, that they never relinquished, due in no small part to an excellent second half performance from the whole team, some notable performances from Danny McCarthy and Jack Kelly. The standout moment was a powerful run from James Goulding and pass to Justin Myler who finished well for the goal.

All of which meant that at the second water break Lucan were still in a 2 point lead, scores were being traded by both sides, Robert Hazely was a calm steady influence pointing frees from distance. The last 10 minutes of the game were frenzied, Lucan were under the cosh with some brave last ditch defending from Ryan Fahy, who had to leave the game after blocking a goal bound shot with his body, and some dangerous shots blocked by Cian McCormack, Conall Morris and Danny McCarthy.

With the game in injury time Good Counsel / Liffey Gaels were awarded a free from 25 metres, with the last shot of the game there was huge relief to see the ball hit the outside of the post and go wide. Lucan won the game 3-9 to 2-10. Lucan now face Plunketts in the final group game knowing a win would see them progress to the semi-finals of the championship.

Lucan Panel: Luke O’Neill, Conall Morris, Danny McCarthy, Cian McCormack, James Ryan, Robert Hazely, Jack Kelly, James Goulding, Ryan Fahy, Eoin Fitzpatrick, Lorcan O’Reilly, Noah O’Kelly, Connor Cooper, Justin Myler, Michael Connolly, Connor Devlin, Diarmuid Keher, James Kenny, Sean O’Leary, Pierce O’Leary

Ladies Football

U13A Ladies Football League, Kilmacud Crokes 1-04, Lucan Sarsfields 1-13

Delighted to get back to competitive action last Saturday, we had spent the first few weeks back training in torrential rain so the fact that the sun was shining made a nice change. Lucan started strong and ended the first half with a 10 point lead. The heat took its toll in the second half and Crokes took advantage and racked up a couple of scores. Lucan regrouped and tightened up the back, there was some impressive passing forward and the reward was reflected on the scoresheet. An excellent team performance produced a well-earned win.

U14B Ladies Football League, Round Towers Clondalkin 2-06, Lucan Sarsfields 2-04

A tough physical game, in the long grass of Moyle Park. Round Towers started strongest and kept ahead until 2nd half when Lucan drew level. A valiant effort from Lucan girls but a goal from Round Towers put them ahead again. Lucan pulled back a point and peppered their goals in the last 5 minutes but couldn't break through a big physical defense. A great game played with huge heart and commitment. Outstanding display from our Goalkeeper Amy, our midfield left everything on the pitch, Emma and Erin putting in a huge shift. It was a great team display overall and unlucky to come away with a loss.

Minor A, Ladies Football League Division 1, Kilmacud Crokes v Lucan Sarsfields, Monday 10 August, 2020, 19:30

Lucan Sarsfields first minor game since the cessation due to the Covid restrictions took place at the DLR all-weather facility on the Enniskerry Road, against Kilmacud Crokes. The game started brightly enough with Bella Fay pointing for Lucan inside the first minute. Crokes then set out their stall and pushed up to make space for midfielder Evie Lehane to take two points for the home team. Both teams pressed and parried attacks and it wasn’t until near the end of the quarter before Abby Shiels slipped the ball into the onrushing Emma O’Brien, who took the levelling point. A minute later Ellen Lyons kicked a free just wide of the left upright, but made amends almost immediately to nudge the visitors in front. Lyons doubled the Lucan score following the Crokes kickout when Bella Faye found her on the left, 0-2 to 1-3 at the drinks break.

Mia Dunne and Phoebe Shannon were introduced for Alanna Cassells and Aoife Seery, as the Crokes keeper, Clodagh Hughes took the kickout to restart the game. The teams traded points with Faye, Shiels and Lyons for Lucan, and three from Lehane, one each for Michaela Fitzpatrick and Emma Kane for Crokes to draw close. The hosts elected to use an extra defender and rely on their breakaway speed, but strong defensive work by Sophie Smith kept Kane quiet. Faye Murphy did really well at half back and marked the area left by her opponent who had moved to her own backline as the Kilmacud sweeper, Faye read the game and covered the breaking players. Lucan keeper Emma McGivney made a great stop to prevent the hosts from netting, and Lucan worked hard, in particular Ali Dunne, Aoife Whelan and Erris Smith coordinating to deliver the ball via midfield to the forwards. Roisin Egan, Shiels and Faye also pressed hard to breakdown the sometimes crowded Crokes backline, with Caitlyn Maguire finding the net to leave it 0-7 to 2-6 at the halfway mark.

The interval marked Lucan’s third substitution, with Ellie Larkin replacing McGivney between the sticks The second half was another intense affair, Lucan dominating in attack, but could not add to the scoreboard apart from another Lyons free, the Umpire was kept busy though, signalling wide four times, as well as rebounds off the uprights and crossbar. Seery and Cassells were reintroduced to rest tired legs and. At the other end, Crokes took their only score of the quarter, just before the second drinks break.

The drinks break of over seven minutes, took the edge off the Lucan girls as they lost momentum, while Kilmacud, with a goal from Kane and points from Dara Kelly, Kane and Lehane, drew level. Maguire fired past Hughes for her second goal but Crokes cancelled that out as they added three more points, before Lyons pointed another one to earn the win for the visitors. A good game to get under the belt for both teams and plenty to work on at the training ground for Lucan. Final Score Kilmacud Crokes 1-13, Lucan Sarsfields 3-8

Lucan Team/Scorers: E. McGivney, A. Clyne, A. Dunne, S Smith, A. Whelan, E. Smith, F. Murphy, E, O’Brien (0-1), A. Seery, R. Egan, C. Maguire (2-0), E. Lyons (1-4 2f), B. Faye (0-2), A. Shiels (0-1), A. Cassells, E. Larkin, M. Dunne, P. Shannon

Junior F Ladies Football Championship, Ballinteer St John v Lucan Sarsfields, Wednesday 12 August, 2020, 19:30.

In a fascinating and entertaining contest, at Loreto Park, Nutgrove, Lucan Sarsfields Junior Ladies Football team were going for their third win in the championship group to ensure poll position. Starting well, points from Chloe O’Connor, Sharon Lohan and Phoebe Shannon in the first three minutes gave an indication of their intent. Margaret Commane probed the St Johns defence, but her way was blocked by strong defending, coordinated by full back Fiona O’Regan. Lucan didn’t have it all their own way, good play from the hosts forced a save from Lucan goalie Aoife Murphy, and poor shot selection by Ballinteer resulted in three wides in as many minutes. The Lucan backs, Cora Commane, Lorna Sexton and Cliona McDonnell were kept busy by the Ballinteer forwards, but coped well sending the ball forward via midfield, Shannon added another, and a free from Ellen Lyons gave Sarsfields a five point lead before Rebekah Fitzpatrick pointed for the home team before the water break.

Heather Bourke and Jenny Hayden added another one each for BSJ after the restart, and then an accidental collision between Shannon and Christine McCambridge saw McCambridge retired, to be replaced by Anu NÍ Mhurigheasa, wearing 22. Ballinteer continued piling on the pressure and were rewarded with a free (Fitzpatrick) and another by Aisling McDonnell from play. Lucan responded well, Niamh Stokes, Aoife Seery and Emma O’Brien turning over attacks and tirelessly working the ball upfield winning another free for Lyons to convert. Emma McGivney was introduced for Lucan, into the half-forward line, when Sarah Brogan picked up a knock. Following another three wides from Ballinteer, O’Connor steadied the ship with a point, and a minute later after another from Lohan, Lucan were relieved when Murphy forced the ball wide for an unconverted 45 just before the break.

Half Time Score Ballinteer St John: 0-5(5) Lucan Sarsfields: 0-8(8)

Inside the first minute of the second half, McGivney pointed for Sarsfields, followed up by another from Lohan. Ballinteer continued to press, Fitzpatrick again. Cora Commane, who had moved to corner forward pointed for Lucan. Ciara Dowling, on for Lucan, played a stormer with some great high fielding against taller players as did other sub, Aimee Clyne. Ballinteer still broke forward, NÍ Mhurigheasa and Fitzpatrick taking points, O’Connor for Lucan, two more for NÍ Mhurigheasa for Ballinteer, and then the second water break allowed everyone to catch their breath.

The last quarter continued as before the break, NÍ Mhurigheasa pointed and shot wide, and from Murphys restart Ballinteer returned with a goal by Bourke to put the hosts a point in front. Comanne replied with the equalising point, and then Lorna Sexton put Lucan in front. Lohan and Rachel O’Neill kept the pressure on. Shannon then made sure with a goal from out on the left, followed up with another point from O’Connor. One each from Ellie Wisdom and Sexton saw Lucan drawing away, but Ballinteer never gave up, pointing twice before the final whistle.

Lucan top the table with three wins and now meet Clontarf in the semi-final.

Full Time Score Ballinteer St John: 1-11(14) Lucan Sarsfields: 1-16(19)

Lucan Team/Scorers: Aoife Murphy, Cora Commane (0-2), Clíona McDonnell, Lorna Sexton (0-2), Aoife Seery, Emma O’Brien, Niamh Stokes, Chloe O'Connor (0-4), Ellen Lyons (0-2, 2f), Sarah Brogan, Phoebe Shannon (1-2), Ellie Wisdom (0-1), Rachel O'Neill, Sharon Lohan (0-2), Margaret Commane, Aimee Clyne, Emma McGivney (0-1), Ciara Dowling

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