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Saturday 16 December 2017

Gold Barrs earn a prized victory

Naomh Fionnbarra 0-10 Lucan Sarsfields 0-9

Eamon Dillon Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Eamon Dillon Picture: Kyran O'Brien

On the final whistle, a voice went up: "There won't be a cow milked in 'the Bogies' tonight."

Both sides had a win in the satchel going into last night's Dublin Senior Hurling A Championship Group 2 tie.

And now the famous Barrs have gained another noted triumph. They well deserved it.

Like they did against Ballinteer, they defended so well. Lucan got no loose change in front of the Fionnbarra castle.

Once again, Dublin's Eamonn Dillon had a major impact on the tie which was level three times in a compelling second period.

A big breeze whistled around Parnell Park. The sun shone into the main stand. The wise ones wore caps.

A small crowd in, but there was much to see. An attractive menu.

Celebrated

Celebrated Lucan names like McCaffrey, Crummey and O'Reilly. 'Trollier' of the Barrs, and the pace and skill of Ger Dodrill.

Lar Sweetman was in the Cabra goal. One of the soundest gate-keepers in the county. He had an outstanding match.

He defended the scoreboard end in the first half. He took Ciaran Dowling's delivery out of the clouds and out of the sun.

He also made a telling save from Paul Crummey after Chris had created the opening.

And all through the game he commanded his area so well.

Finbarrs led at the tea, 0-5 to 0-3, having attacked the church end. They began in brisk fashion. They might have had more in the kitty.

Lucan came more into the hour. They are never far from the championship hall door.

Only one point from play in the first half. It came from the 'Trollier' Dillon.

With the wind, the Sars had more of the script. Kevin O'Reilly sent over two quick points.

But then Dillon struck four points without reply. It was the most significant chapter of the evening.

It saw Finbarrs leading by nine points to six. They were playing with confidence.

Ger Dodrill looked to be in for a goal. Only a wonderful slice of defending from John Bellew denied him.

But Lucan came again. They hit three points on the spin.

Ciaran Dowling got two of them. The other came from Mick May, who came off the bench.

What a servant to Dublin hurling he has been. Coming to full-time it was nine points each.

Into injury-time and the Barrs won a free. It was near the halfway line. Ger Dodrill took it and he hit the jackpot.

SCORERS - Naomh Fionnbarra: E Dillon 0-7 (3f, 1 65), Glen Dodrill 0-2 (2f), Ger Dodrill 0-1 (f). Lucan Sarsfields: K O'Reilly 0-5 (4f), C Dowling 0-2, C Crummey, M May 0-1 each.

Naomh Fionnbarra: L Sweetman; W Losty, R McGrath, D Curley; Aaron Costello, Anthony Costello, T O'Neill; G McAuley, D Owens; Glen Dodrill, Ger Dodrill, R Curley; E Dillon, P Whelan, C O'Brien. Subs: K Turner for Owens (39), D Smithers for O'Brien (39).

Lucan Sarsfields: K Roche; B Aird, J Bellew, P Claffey; M McCaffrey, J McCaffrey, S McClelland; C Crummey, C Dowling; J Byrne, A Phelan, K Fitzgerald; K O'Reilly, P Rigney, P Crummey. Subs: A Roche for Phelan (inj, 10), M May for Byrne (39).

REF: S McCarthy (St Vincent's).

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