Lethal Lucan impress from first whistle to leave Cuala in slipstream
Lucan SARSFIELDS gave an exhibition in score-getting as they routed an understrength Cuala in their Dublin U15 Division 2 clash at a sun-kissed Meadowvale last Thursday evening.
The writing was on the wall from the opening whistle for the beleaguered hosts as they conceded a glut of scores in the initial stages and although they improved in the second quarter, their opponents proved merciless after the break to complete their emphatic victory.
All six starting forwards contributed scores from play with centre-forward Cian McHugh excelling as he chipped in with 1-6 for a Lucan team that opened the scoring through an excellent point from full-forward Mark Lavin inside thirty seconds.
Points followed from McHugh and Lavin in the following two minutes and the omens remained precarious for the hosts when Brian O'Sullivan calmly slotted to the net in the fourth minute as the Cuala defence was opened up with alarming ease.
With the visitors particularly economical in front of goal, Lucan continued to build up a sizeable as McHugh kicked two more sublime points in addition to another fine score by wing-forward Brian Tracey.
Cuala battled to play themselves back into contention with Eoghan O'Callaghan especially impressive in defence and they gained their reward for some improved play as the opened their account thanks to Ryan Kelly's 14th minute point.
However, normal service was resumed with O'Sullivan pointing three minutes later before Tracey landed Lucan's second goal with a cracking shot off the upright that left Conor Clancy helpless in the Cuala goal.
The procession towards the home goal continued with Sarsfields plundering two goals in as many minutes through O'Sullivan and Tracey although Cuala managed to end the half on a relative high when a fine team move culminated in Eoin Molloy's crisp finish past Michael Doyle in the 29th minute.
Trailing by 4-10 to 1-1- at the interval, Cuala showed renewed vigour upon the restart with Kelly adding another fine point but at the opposite end, an overworked defence was beginning to crumble as Matthew Dunne found the net on two occasions before he completed his hat-trick in the 42nd minute after superb approach play by the influential Alan Murphy.
McHugh then took centre-stage as he struck 1-2 inside five minutes with his 48th minute goal the pick of the bunch and six minutes later, Lavin was also on target as the contest resembled a training exercise at times.
Cuala managed to place Lucan Sarsfields under sporadic pressure after the break with points from Daniel Bailey and Cormac Spain the outcome but it proved far too easy for Lucan at the opposite end with late goals from Lavin and towering full-back Andrew Carroll completing an excellent display by Sarsfields.
Scorers - Lucan Sarsfields: M Dunne 3-1, C McHugh 1-6 (0-1f), M Lavin, B O'Sullivan 2-2 each, B Tracey 2-1, A Carroll 1-0, D Millar, E Gormley, S Whelan 0-1 each. Cuala: E Molloy 1-0, R Kelly 0-2, D Bailey (0-1f), C Spain, D Callaghan 0-1 each.
Lucan Sarsfields: M Doyle; J Fenlon, A Carroll, A McNulty; D Millar, A Murphy, J Rooney; E Gormley, E Torsney; B Tracey, C McHugh, S Whelan; M Dunne, M Lavin, B O'Sullivan. Subs: C Walsh, H Keogh, A Kelly.
Cuala: C Clancy; A Lee, B O'Dowd, E O'Callaghan; C Crogan, D Callaghan, L O'Toole; D Bailey, R Kelly; C Spain, C McClure, C Doran; E Molloy, M Donnelly, D McAdam. Subs: S Finn, L murphy, M Conroy, L O'Donoghue.
Mentors - Lucan Sarsfields: Tom Millea, Declan Kelly. Cuala: Peadar McAdam, Michael Donnelly, Kevin Spain, Barbara Kearns.
Referee: Ronnie Malne (St Mary's Saggart)
Wides: Lucan Sarsfields 8 (4+4) Cuala 4 (2+2)
Conditions: A glorious sunny and calm evening.
Player of the Game: Alan Murphy (Lucan Sarsfields).