Foley leads 'Tarf to vital win over Lucan
Clontarf 1-17 Lucan Sarsfields 1-10
Clontarf delivered a dominant display from the first minute to the last when easing past a disappointing Lucan Sarsfields by seven points in their Dublin SFC1 Group 2 encounter at O'Toole Park on Saturday afternoon.
In doing so, they managed to overtake their opponents in terms of points difference and secured a quarter-final clash with holders Kilmacud Crokes by way of reward.
Few could quibble with the final outcome as 'Tarf, with the benefit of a slight breeze at their backs, raced out from the blocks with a Kevin Lillis penalty in the 12th minute following a foul on Brian Berney reflecting their early threat.
Their dominance was particularly evident around the middle third, where Andy Foley was in majestic form throughout, while Jack McCaffrey patrolled matters intelligently from the centre-back position.
Lucan enjoyed isolated moments of promise, with Brendan Gallagher usually the inspiration, but in many respects they were fortunate to trail by just six points (1-7 to 0-4) by the interval.
Matters deteriorated for Sarsfields upon the resumption. Clontarf kicked four points in quick succession through Berney, Foley, Lillis and Kieran McKeown, with a Brian Collopy goal at the opposite end following fine play from Stephen O'Shaughnessy offering brief hope to Lucan.
However, they struggled to make incisions from that point on and they remained overly reliant on Gallagher placed balls for scores.
As their tackling grew increasingly desperate, Berney and Lillis were able to tag on frees in the final quarter to ensure Clontarf pulled through by the required margin of victory.