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Lucan impress to reach the last four

Evening Herald Dublin SHC ‘A’ Quarter-final: Lucan Sarsfields 0-25,Faughs 1-5

LUCAN enter the last four of the Evening Herald Dublin SHC ‘A’ following a facile 17-point quarter-final win over 13-man Faughs at Parnell Park last Saturday afternoon.

Such a comprehensive victory seemed unlikely given Faughs’ dream start when scoring 1-1 inside the opening two minutes but by the interval Lucan were well in control.

Faughs chances of causing an upset were not aided by the first-half sendings-off of Conor McCann and Maurice O’Brien while Kevin Fitzgerald was dismissed for Lucan.

The dramatic start, in which John Kelly opened the scoring with a fine point inside 15 seconds, continued as Fergal Heavey cut through the Lucan defence to plant a glorious drive to the net.

Darragh Brennan, who hit six points from play in an impressive showing, replied with Lucan’s opening point a minute later and from the resultant puck-out McCann was adjudged to have pulled across Matthew McCaffrey and was shown the line. A fractious opening was maintained as Lucan were next to lose their full complement when Fitzgerald was red-carded in the seventh minute although Kevin O’Reilly's two points in quick succession brought Sarsfields to within a point by the ninth minute.

Heavey replied with a cracking point for Faughs a minute later but sadly, it proved their last score for 37 minutes as Lucan, bolstered by imperious defensive displays by McCaffrey and Peter Kelly, began to assume complete dominance around the field.

The final 20 minutes of the half saw Lucan hit 11 unanswered points with Brennan and Robert Lambert in particular availing of the added space to share five points from play and the tale of woe for Faughs continued when O’Brien was dismissed three minutes before the break.

The Tymon Park tried to lift their game on the restart but a series of wides undermined their chances of an unlikely comeback while Brennan and O’Reilly continued to make hay at the opposite end.

Dublin minor Seán McClelland enjoyed his redeployment up the field from his corner-back berth to land two excellent points from play with Faughs finally ending their scoring drought with three quick points, two from Mikey Ryan and another from sub Emmet McKenna.

The scores proved of academic interest however with sub Tommy Somers highlighting Lucan's strength in depth with three late points.

SCORERS - Lucan Sarsfields: K O’Reilly (4f), D Brennan 0-6 each, R Lambert, S McClelland, T Somers (2f) 0-3 each, A Roche, J McCaffrey, M May, P Carroll 0-1 each. Faughs: F Heavey 1-1, M Ryan 0-2, J Kelly, E McKenna 0-1 each.

LUCAN SARSFIELDS: D Cunningham; C Dooley, P Kelly, S McClelland; M May, M McCaffrey, K Fitzgerald; J McCaffrey, B McGarry; D Brennan, R Lambert, P Carroll; A Roche, P O'Driscoll, K O'Reilly. Subs: P Brennan for Roche (38), A Duff for O'Reilly (43), J Byrne for M McCaffrey (45), T Somers for Lambert (48), N Gleeson for McClelland (53).

FAUGHS: T Donohue; J Robinson, P Robinson, L Heavey; S White, M O'Brien, M Devane; K O'Brien, K Ahearne; B Dillon, C McCann, C Brennan; F Heavey, J Kelly, M Ryan. Subs: P Donohue for Brennan (18), E McKenna for White (half-time), C Heavey for P Donohue (39), M Connolly for Ahearne (53).

REF: F McGreevy (St Oliver Plunkett's/E Ruadh).