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Lucan Sarsfields GAA Club Notes
October 25, 2021
Lucan Senior Footballers Reach Semi Finals!!
A week after our hurlers reached the county semi-finals, the footballers put in a great performance against Ballymun Kickhams to also book a semi-final spot against St Judes in a fortnight. Trailing by two points after the first water break, Ballymun extended their lead to four before man of the match, Brendan Gallagher, pointed three times from frees, and then CJ Smith blasted into the net. Ballymun pointed either side of half-time to draw it level. Lucan then took control to build a six point lead, but the second water break interrupted Lucans dominance, allowing Ballymun to regroup and with Dean Rock hitting the equalising point for kickhams, it looked like extra time was on the cards. Lucan won a free close in during the dying seconds, which Gallagher pointed, sending Sars to the semis. If you missed the match, you can watch it here.
Senior Football Manager, Dave Cullen, talks to DubsTV following the win against Ballymun Kickhams
The Junior C footballers also reached a semifinal with a home win against Na Gael Oga. See Match report below.
Congratulations to our Senior Camogie team who win the Division 1 Shield during the week.
Also congratulations to our ladies football juvenile teams, U15B who captured the Division 7 Shield, U14A who won the Division 1 championship, U13A who won the division 2 Cup.
U14A - 2021 Division 1 Champions
This weekend coming will see Senior Hurling take center stage again when Lucan take on Na Fianna at 1:30pm on Sunday 31st in Parnell Park. Now that attendance restrictions have been relaxed, it would be great to have a big crowd to cheer them on. Earlier on Sunday, the Junior A's are away to Ballyboden and the Junior B's away to Erins Isle in their semi-finals. In the juvenile camogie championship finals scheduled for Sunday 31st, the U14A's are taking on Kilmacud Clokes in Abbotsown at 12:30, U13Bs at home to Beann Eadair at 13:30, and the U16As will face Naomh Maur at 14:30, also in Abbotstown, In the Shield competition, the U14B's are at home to Naomh Padraig at 13:30.
Lucan Sarsfields Junior 3 Camogie team won the Junior 3A shield last Tuesday night, beating Setanta on a scoreline of 2-15 to 1-3.
Team Captain, Laura Connelly, accepting the shield trophy on behalf of the team from Karl O’Brien.
Harry Dinnegan Lucan Sarsfields in action against Alex Leonard St Vincents
Dublin U.14A Cup Div 2 G2 Lucan Sarsfields v St Vincents at the 12th Lock Lucan 16.10.21
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Gaelic Games Covid Update
Health Questionnaires There is no longer a requirement for participants to complete Health Questionnaires before training or games – however it is important to remember that individuals should not attend training, games, meetings or any other activities if they are displaying, or have had within the previous 48 hours, any of the possible symptoms of Covid-19 (high temperature, a new continuous cough, unexplained shortness of breath, loss of sense of smell, taste or distortion of taste, headache, runny nose, sore throat or sneeze).
It is also essential that records of attendance are maintained to assist with contact tracing if required.
Dressing Rooms: where all individuals are vaccinated the full use of showers and changing rooms is permitted. However it is advised that time spent in dressing rooms or showers should be kept to a minimum and that where possible, pre-game or half time team talks should take place outdoors.
Where individuals have mixed immunity status the use of Dressing Rooms and Showers should remain pod based (with usage in groups of no more than 6 at any time).
Where dressing rooms are being used, hand sanitization stations should be in place at the entrance, the areas should be well ventilated (i.e. windows or doors left open), masks should be worn (except if using showers) and no one other than team or support personnel should be permitted entry. Clubs should continue to promote hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette through signage, posters etc. and deep cleaning of shared areas should be carried out on a regular basis.
Use of Gyms In the South the use of GAA owned Gyms will continue to be permitted in pods of up to 6 participants at a time (excluding coaches). Where groups have full immunity (i.e. fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 6 months) the provision for pods of 6 does not apply.
Water Breaks For the remainder of 2021, Water breaks will remain in place for all games,
Attendances – In the South, up to a maximum 100% ground capacity may be used from Saturday, October 23rd. Venue operators are asked to consider a gradual increase to maximum capacities and seek assistance from the National Health and Safety Committee if necessary.
The use of facemasks is recommended at all games.
Indoor meetings Clubs and Counties should continue to give consideration to conducting online meetings where possible.
Where indoor meetings are being organised, in the South, club and county committee meetings (including County Conventions, AGM’s etc.) can take place indoors once all participants are considered immune (i.e. fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 6 months). Consideration should be given to room densities, meeting durations and ventilation when planning such events.
Where participants have mixed immunity status, indoor meetings must be conducted in pods of 6 people with the overall number of pods having regard to the size of venue and with substantial social distancing in place between individual pods. To any independent onlooker it should be clear that pods are completely separate groups operating independent of one another, with no interaction or sharing of equipment and no opportunity for them to mix or stray into one another’s group or meeting space.
When organising meetings, in either jurisdiction, it is important that indoor spaces are well ventilated at all times, by leaving doors and windows open. Frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles, should be cleaned regularly while good hand hygiene should be encouraged, and social distancing measures observed.
The use of masks in all indoor settings continues to be recommended
Use of Indoor Halls (for sports, presentations, art, culture or dance activities) In the South, where all participants are considered immune (fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 within the previous 6 months) use of Halls is permitted without capacity limits (appropriate protective measures should be in place). The use of the EU Digital COVID Certificate (vaccine or recovery certificate) will be required for access in such circumstances.
Where patrons have mixed immunity status, multiple pods of up to 6 participants will be permitted to use indoor halls for sports activities, subject to protective measures being in place. The overall number of pods will have regard to the size of venue and there should be substantial social distance between individual pods.
Bingo Clubs organizing indoor Bingo or similar events in the South should note that these can take place where all patrons are considered immune (fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 within previous 6 months), or accompanied minors (under 18), in line with sectoral guidance. All attendees must be seated.
Club Bars Club bars in both jurisdictions should follow the relevant guidelines for the sector.
Travel to games and Training Capacity limits on transport have been removed. Clubs or Counties orgainising transport to/from events should implement protective measures such as mask wearing etc. as appropriate.
Private transport (carpooling) carrying those not yet vaccinated or of mixed immunity should be aware of the higher risk. The use of appropriate face coverings is recommended. If sharing cars, clubs and individuals are asked to consider the use of a pod system in which the same participants pool together for all activities.
Quarantine after Travel abroad – Where quarantine after Travel abroad is a government requirement, it is essential that all of our members adhere to the relevant advice - as such, if a player, coach or member of the Association participates in a training session or game in contravention of quarantine rules in the relevant jurisdiction, they may be dealt with under Rule 7.2 (e) “Misconduct considered to have discredited the Association” (minimum 8 week suspension).
Trophy Presentations For the remainder of 2021, where trophies are being presented, the winning captain should lift the trophy directly, rather than it being presented to him or her. Trophies should remain in the presentation area once the Captain has completed the winning speech. Arrangements can be made for the winning players to have their photos taken with the trophy; but all trophies should be retained by the County Committee or other organizing body until a later date.
The foregoing restrictions are likely to remain in place into the early months of 2022. We will as always communicate with you further if there are any changes to the above. In the interim, we again thank you for all of your hard work over the past 18 months in helping the country to tackle this virus and in helping the GAA/LGFA/Camogie Association to successfully complete both our inter-county and club games programmes during that time.
GAA Healthy Club Conference
Key speakers confirmed:
Dr Tony Bates, Renowned Psychologist & Writer
Conor Meyler, Tyrone All Irleand Winner and GAA/GPA Player of the Month for September
Keith Ricken, Cork U20 Football Manager
Geraldine Mc Garrigle, Ulster Wheelchair Camogie Player and Coach
Julia White, Former Cork Camogie player and six time All Ireland winner
Press Release: https://www.gaa.ie/news/healthy-club-conference-2021-open-for-registrations/
Social Media posts: Keep an eye on @official gaa social media accounts and please share the posts to spread the word.
Date: Saturday October 30th 2021, Time: 10am – 2.30pm.
Registration Deadline: Monday October 25th
Registration Link: HERE
We are looking for photos for inclusion in the Lucan Sarsfields 2022 Calendar.
Email them with a short note describing the picture, and ensure that you have the required permission, to:
The LDCU Academy takes place on Saturday mornings for boys and girls aged between 4 and 7.
Pre-registration is essential, Click Here for more details.
12th Lock Café is open from 6pm-8pm weekdays and weekend mornings when training/matches are taking place.
The ONeills Club Shop is open Thursday 7-9pm, and Saturday 10am-1pm.
Lucan Sarsfields GAA Club Lotto
There was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot of €16,600 held on 21st October 2021.
The numbers drawn were:
10, 12, 17, 22
10 Lucky Dip winners of €30 each (an extra five because of the bank holiday!!):
Aisling Regan x 2, Greg & Annemarie O'Neill, Sinead O'Neill, Ella Dawson, Fiachra McGrath, Dara Keher, John O'Connor, Mary Freeman, Moya Sweeney
The Jackpot for the next draw, to be held on Thursday 28th October, is €17.000, and is sponsored by:
REA McDonald Estate Agents
The draw, managed by Josephine Donohue, will live streamed from the Clubhouse at 9pm to our Facebook page.
Tickets can be purchased via the website, ClubForce APP or at the following link: http://bit.ly/LucanSarsfieldsClubLotto.
Go raibh míle maith agaibh as ucht tacú le Na Sárséalaigh Leamhcáin.
For The Record
Go-Ahead Intermediate Shield Semi Final
Ballinteer St Johns 3-12, Lucan Sarsfields 4-6 @Marley Park
Go Ahead Junior 1 All County Football Championship Quarter Final
Clontarf 1-16, Lucan Sarsfields 0-9 @St Annes Park
Go Ahead Junior 6 All County South Football Championship Quarter Final
Lucan Sarsfields 2-13, Na Gaeil Oga 1-8 @12th Lock
Minor A Hurling Championship Quarter Final
Kilmacud Crokes 1-18, Lucan Sarsfields 3-15 @Silver Park
Minor C Hurling Championship Quarter Final
Naomh Olaf 1-11, Lucan Sarsfields 0-11 @Pairc Ui Bhriain
Minor D Hurling Championship Shield
Naomh Catriona 4-17, Lucan Sarsfields 0-6 @Glenauline Park
Under 16 Ladies Football Shield Division 7 Final
Lucan Sarsfields B 1-4, St Monicas 2-6 @Edenmore
Under 14 Ladies Football Championship Division 1 Final
Lucan Sarsfields 3-14, Naomh Olaf 3-5 @Pairc Ui Bhrian
Under 13 Cup Division 2 Knock Out Stages
13:30 @Lucan Sarsfields, Fingallians @12th Lock
Under 13 Ladies Football Cup Division 5 Final
Lucan Sarsfields B 0-5, Fingal Ravens 9-6 @Rolestown
Under 13 Shield Division 10 S Knock Out Stages
13:30 @St Judes B, Lucan Sarsfields C @Tymon North
Go Ahead Senior 1 Club Football Championship Quarter Final
Ballymun Kickhams 0-18, Lucan Sarsfields 1-16 @Parnell Park
Under 15 Ladies Football Feile Shield Division 7 Final
Lucan Sarsfields B 4-13, Ballyfermot Palmerstown Gaels 1-7 @Glenauline Park
Go-Ahead Camogie Championship Senior 1 Group A Shield Final
Lucan Sarsfields 4-7, St Oliver Plunkett/Eoghan Ruadh 1-10
Go-Ahead Ladies Football Adult Cup Division 7b
Lucan Sarsfields B 2-10, Ballyboden St Endas D 5-5 @12th Lock
Go-Ahead Camogie Championship Junior 3 A
Lucan Sarsfields C 2-15, Setanta 1-3 @Lucan Sarsfields
Go-Ahead Adult League Division 9
Lucan Sarsfields C 3-7, Erin Go Bragh 6-3 @12th Lock
Match reports are always welcome after every game. Please include the date and time of the fixture, the venue, opposition and competition.
If you have a team photo, or a photo of the coin-toss, that would be great, and always include the squad list and scorers.
All four adult hurling teams contested championship quarter-finals last weekend, with three progressing to the semi-finals on October 31st. Unfortunately the Junior C’s made their exit after a very game performance away to St Monica’s.
Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-final
Parnell Park, 16/10/2021
Lucan Sarsfields 1-20 Craobh Chiaran 1-16.
Lucan finished strongly to edge this very closely contested and tense quarter-final battle. Craobh had got the perfect start with a goal in the first minute. Lucan gradually settled into the game and two pointed frees from Ciaran Dowling, two from play from Charlie Keher and one from Paul Crummey kept them in touch with a score of 1-3 to 0-5 at the first water break. The second quarter remained very tight with lots of stoppages and little free flowing hurling. Two more Dowzer frees, two from play from Paul Crummey and one from Colm Walsh left Lucan behind by 2 at half-time, 1-9 to 0-10. Chris Crummey was switched further forward and made an impressive impact with three successive points early in the second half, his third one brought the sides level for the first time 13 minutes into the half. However, Craobh edged ahead again despite another score from Paul Crummey, and led 1-12 to 0-14 going into the final quarter. A Dowling free levelled the scores again and then substitute Cian McHugh put Lucan ahead for the first time in the 50th minute. Chris added another excellent point before his brother Paul made the vital breakthrough in the 55th minute, finishing to the net after an excellent interception by Colm Walsh. Lucan now led by 5 points and looked set for home. Craobh didn’t give up but two late points from Donal Flannery and McHugh saw Lucan win out by 4 points in the end. This was a real test for Lucan and they had to work hard and stay calm to overcome dogged opposition. The Crummey brothers were outstanding with very good displays also from Alan Murphy, John Bellew and Colm Walsh. There was a significant impact from the subs bench also which was pleasing.
Lucan team/ scorers; S McClelland, A Murphy, P Rigney, L Walsh, M McCaffrey, C Crummey (0-4), J Bellew, R Smith, J McCaffrey, C Walsh (0-1), K Fitzgerald, P Kelly, C Keher (0-2), C Dowling (0-6f), P Crummey (1-4). Subs introduced B Aird, C McHugh (0-2), D Flannery (0-1).
Junior A Hurling Championship Quarter-final
12th Lock, 16/10/2021
Lucan Sarsfields 3.12 Skerries Harps 0.13
This was the third meeting of these two sides in League (2) and Championship (1) this year so they knew each other very well. Lucan opened the scoring with a point from CJ Smith after eight minutes, but Skerries replied immediately with a pointed free followed by two more points, one a free, to lead 0.3 to 0.1 at the first water break.
In the second quarter, Lucan hit a purple patch, scoring 2.3 in the first six minutes, with goals from Anto Lee and Emmet Allen, two points from Colm Keenan and a point from Emmet Allen. Skerries scored six points, five of them coming from the seventh minute onwards, without a reply from Lucan. This was a clear indication that Skerries were up for the challenge to erase the two previous losses against Lucan. Lucan led by the narrowest of margins, 2.4 to 0.9 at the break.
Lucan continued to play well in the third quarter, scoring 1.5 well spread out with two points each from Rory Stapleton and Evin Dowling, a point from Colm Keenan and a goal from Emmet Allen. Skerries scored a single point in reply. Lucan then went a man down but the team responded magnificently to push home their advantage.
The final quarter saw both teams score 0.3 each, with a point from CJ Smith and the final two points from Evin Dowling, one a free. Though Lucan won well in the end, there was still the threat from a skilful Skerries up to the end of the third quarter. Dan O'Neill in goal played very well with important saves, while the backs and forwards worked hard to ensure the team progressed to the semi-final stage.
Lucan Team & Scorers: Dan O'Neill; Eoghan Seery, Rob Twomey, Taidgh Beahan; Gavin Millea, Luke Murphy, Anto Mc Nulty; Eoghan O'Connor, Colm Keenan (0.3); David Kavanagh, Emmet Allen (2.1), Rory Stapleton (0.2); Anto Lee (1.0), CJ Smith (0.2), Evin Dowling (0.4). Substitutes: Fintan Clandillon, Paddy Ward (55"), Dylan Kelly (35"), Jack Mc Carthy, Cian Duffy (50"), Keith Masterson (55").
Junior C Hurling Championship Quarter-final
12th Lock 17/10/21
Lucan Sarsfields 1-18 St Sylvesters 1-10 (AET)
Lucan Junior B’s came very close to relinquishing their title to the team they had beaten in last years final. Sylvesters had a free with the sides level deep into injury time. Fortunately for the home side the chance was spurned and extra-time followed. Lucan dominated the extra periods to win comfortably in the end. Lucan had appeared comfortable in the first half and led 0-9 to 0-4 at half time. However, Sylvesters upped the intensity considerably after the break at had the deficit reduced to a single point by the second water break. Lucan had extended the lead again as the clocked ticked towards full time. But them Syls got a dramatic goal to level in injury time. Had they scored the subsequent free, it would have been over and out for Lucan. It finished 0-13 to 1-10 at the end of normal time. Lucan didn’t waste the second chance and were much the better in the extra time, scoring 1-5 without reply. The goal was a spectacular one, as Killian Boylan doubled on a long delivery to rattle the net and close out the match. Ciaran Keane was reliable from placed balls scoring 0-11 in total, while Mark Gormley and Evan Lombard also put in good shifts. The defence was solid throughout with the introduction of Brendan McGarry and Tadhg Clandillon adding some guile and experience in the second half. Goalkeeper Luke Finnerty made a couple of important saves also.
Lucan team/scorers; L Finnerty, S Kelly, K Roche, E Connolly, B O’Toole, P Fagan, I Fitzgerald, A Finnerty, J Byrne (0-1), A Hanley, E Lombard (0-2), C Keane (0-11, 0-10f), K Boylan (1-1), M Gormley, A Carroll (0-1). Subs introduced S Donohue (0-2), T Clandillon, B McGarry, A Glover, J Cavanagh.
Junior G Hurling Championship Quarter-final
St Monica’s 3-15 Lucan Sarsfields 1-17.
Lucan Junior Cs were the final adult hurling team in action over the weekend and had an away fixture against St Monicas in Coolock. The pitch was tight and space was limited in what was a very competitive contest. Ray Hearne pointed first for Lucan with further scores added by Eoin Power, Charlie Caseley and Cillian Hogan. With the score tied at four points each, Monica's got a break and converted a penalty which Justin Myler was unlucky not to save. Ciaran O'Brien got an immediate reply just ahead of the water break. After the break, Lucan settled into the contest better with O'Brien, Hogan and Caseley moving the score out to ten points to 1-5. Caseley was then put through by Shaun Keegan and found the net to increase our advantage but the last two scores of the half went to Monicas to leave the margin at three points when the half-time whistle sounded.
Despite Caseley converting a free for Lucan, Monicas took control of the game, dominated in the air and picked off some good scores. They were awarded another penalty which Myler saved this time, but they did add three points and goal number two without a reply from Lucan. O'Brien, Brian Fagan and Hogan put over three scores to stay in touch but Monica's accuracy was spot on and they added another four points to lead by a goal at the second water break. Lucan regrouped and O'Brien again, Power and another Caseley free brought the sides level. Monicas got goal number three at this stage and with time running out, they added an insurance point. Lucan pressed and created some goal chances but were not able to complete the deal and ended up losing by a margin of four points. This was an exciting game that ebbed and flowed when both teams had purple patches but it is Monica's that advance to the semifinals. For Lucan, this year was a good step forward from last year when the team didn't qualify for the knock-out stages and there is a good future ahead of this young and talented group of players. Final Score St Monica's 3-15 to Lucan 1-17
Lucan Team & Scorers: J Myler; M O'Malley, F Ward, P Farrell; D Quinn, P Kennedy, D Coogan; R Hearne (0-1), F Breen; C Caseley (1-4: 0-3f), C Hogan (0-4), S Keegan; C O'Brien (0-5), B Fagan (0-1), E Power (0-2); J Mooney, E Higgins, C Ryan; M O'Shea, S Egan; J Brant, R Brant, R Hazley.
U13 Division 5 Camogie Championship semi final, 17 October 2021, St Catherine's Park, Lucan
Lucan Sarsfields v Faughs Celtic
On another breezy day in St Catherine’s Park, Lucan Sarsfields qualified for the Division 5 county final with a well-earned victory over Faughs Celtic. The first half was closely fought with Lucan Sarsfields, playing against the breeze, opening the scoring on their first attack with a goal from Heidi Simpson. Each time Lucan scored a goal, Faughs Celtic responded with a goal of their own and by half time, a Ruby Glynn point was the difference between the teams as Lucan lead 3-1 to 3-0. Lucan started to turn the screw in the third quarter, with the hardworking pair of Laura Moran and Ava Malone getting the upper hand in midfield. The Lucan work rate all around the pitch led to more Lucan goals from hard-working Molly Coleman and Heidi Simpson. Heidi's fourth goal, where she slalomed towards goal from midfield before unleashing a rasper to the top corner, was a thing of beauty. At the other end of the pitch, the Lucan defence put their bodies on the line with impressive performances by Emma Cronin, Alannah Forde, Jennifer Walsh, Clara Reid and Alex O’Shea, which restricted Faughs Celtic to only one point in the second half. Goalkeeper Abbey Harkin also pulled off a brilliant goal-line block to prevent a certain goal. Laura Moran sealed the victory with a well-deserved goal just before the final whistle. Lucan Sarsfields will play Beann Eadair in the championship final.
Final score Lucan Sarsfields 7-1 to Faughs Celtic 3-1
Team: Abbey Harkin, Clara Reid, Alannah Forde, Emma Cronin, Jennifer Walsh, Sarah McBrearty, Alex O’Shea, Ava Malone, Laura Moran, Ruby Glynn, Erica O’Regan, Heidi Simpson, Molly Coleman, Roisin Jolley, Lily Dunne, Lexi Griffin, Eva Bennett.
Scorers for Lucan: Heidi Simpson 4-0, Ruby Glynn 1-1, Molly Coleman and Laura Moran 1-0 each
U16 Div 1 Championship Semi-final – Sunday 17th October 2021
Ballyboden St. Endas Vs Lucan Sarsfields @ Ballyboden St. Endas Clubhouse pitch
The teams lined out on this autumn evening with Lucan playing against the breeze on a perfect surface for Camogie taking advantage of the early exchanges with some good possessions and direct ball into the forward line scoring a goal and a point from play, the Boden girls then settled replying with a goal and a point breaking from midfield before the water break to level things up.
This game heated up in the second quarter with a physical battle for every ball in the middle third with both teams evenly matched but Boden making better use of their possession keeping the scoreboard ticking over with a goal and four points putting them well in control of the game with a seven point lead only for Lucan to respond with a goal of their own just before half time reducing Boden’s lead to four points at the break, 2-5 – 2-1
As the home team turned into the wind for the second half the Lucan girls started the brighter over running the opposition’s half back line in multiple swift attacks with the Boden full back line working hard to keep them away from goal and their team creating opportunities at the other end, Lucan eventually broke the deadlock after a solo run from midfield delivering quick ball to the forward line giving the Boden keeper no chance as the sliotar was struck to the back of the net. Boden responded quickly with a strike to the top right hand corner of the goal only to be thwarted by a great save that yielded a point and raised the atmosphere in the ground further, this breakthrough was short lived as Lucan retained possession from the resulting puck out driving in an early ball to the forwards resulting another goal. Lucan would not be stopped out scoring Ballyboden by a two goals and two points to 2 points pushing ahead on the scoreboard by a 2 points at the 2nd water break.
The game was now on a knife edge with both teams giving it everything in what was a titanic struggle for possession, with Lucan now in front for the only the second time in the game with that dangerous 2 point lead all players in every position across the pitch fought hard with a number of goal mouth scuffles not realising scores for either team until Lucan consolidated the lead with another point from a placed ball. The game continued end to end with the teams trading points bringing the atmosphere to fever pitch but with the Sarsfields girls resolute defence pushing forward in waves eventually telling with a powerful strike to the Boden net from near the end line settling the fixture and sending Luc into the Cup Final, Ballyboden St Endas 2-9 – 5-5 Lucan Sarsfields.
A great display of Camogie in South Dublin in front of a big crowd by the girls of two great Club teams that have been very evenly matched since they started competitive fixtures @U13 four years ago.
24/10/2021, Go ahead Junior 6 South Group 2 Football Championship Quarter Final
Lucan Sarsfields 2-13 Na Gaeil Óga 1-8
Lucan progressed to the Junior 6 Semi-final after a comfortable win by 8 points at home on Sunday afternoon. Always in control after a fourth minute penalty, they nevertheless managed to miss a host of goal chances to put themselves out of reach until the second goal finally arrived three minutes from the end.
Na Gaeil Óga scored the opening point in the first minute but two quick points from Jack McCarthy settled Lucan down. Mark Gormley then made a driving run from midfield and was taken down in the square. Kevin O’Reilly put the penalty away without fuss and the lads went on to dominate the opening quarter, leading 1-5 to 0-1 at the water break.
The second quarter was a bit more competitive. Possession was shared equally but Na Gaeil Óga struggled to get anything from a resolute Lucan defence. At the other end, goal chances went awry as Lucan managed to find the goalposts when it seemed easier to find the nets. At Half-Time Lucan led 1-7 to 0-3.
Three points from Charlie Caseley at the beginning of the second half, combined with good scores from Josh Brant and Adam Smith stretched Lucan’s lead further, but they continued to butcher several more goal chances as the final pass went astray. 1-12 to 0-6 at the water break, and only a couple of quick goals could save Na Gaeil Óga. That was never likely to happen, however, as the Lucan defence comfortably dealt with any opposition attacks.
A Charlie Caseley goal finally settled matters for certain, but to their credit Na Gaeil Óga kept working and scored a consolation goal in the final minute.
Final Score – Lucan Sarsfields 2-13 Na Gaeil Óga 1-8
Lucan Sarsfields: Ian Brogan, Cormac Porter, Jake Dunne (captain) Eoin Power, Jake Mooney, Ronan Carberry, Daraigh Quinn, Jack McCarthy (0-5), Mark Gormley, Josh Brant (0-3), Adam Smith (0-1), Brian Monaghan, Kevin O’Reilly (1-0, pen), Charlie Caseley (1-3), Evin Dowling (0-1), Harry Day, Niall Moynihan, Brendan Harkin, Ryan Brant, Cillian Morrisey