Smith strike seals Lucan victory
Lucan Sars 2-12 Ballyboden SE 0-16
Lucan Sarsfields advanced into the semi-finals of the Dublin Senior Hurling Championship following their impressive two-point victory over Ballyboden St Enda's in O'Toole Park yesterday afternoon.
Their margin of victory does not reflect how well Sarsfields played on the day and it was only in the closing stages that St Enda's showed anything close to their capabilities as they struggled in vain to reel in an eight-point deficit.
Lucan enjoyed the dream start thanks to a superbly taken goal from Matt McCaffrey in the second minute as Boden replied thanks to points from play by Conor Dooley and former Dublin dual star Conal Keaney.
Sarsfields were struggling to make an impression in attack and were largely dependent on Tommy Somers to keep their tally ticking over while Dooley hit four frees to leave the sides deadlocked at 1-6 to 0-9 at the break.
Lucan completely dominated the third quarter with their half-back line of John Bellew, Chris Crummey and Johnny McCaffrey excelling and their influence was rewarded as CJ Smith availed of some defensive hesitancy to fire home from Ciarán Dowling's delivery from deep.
Further scores from Crummey and Kevin O'Reilly left eight points between the sides by the 50th minute before Boden began to play with a degree of fluency heretofore anonymous but despite four points from substitute Paul Ryan, their comeback feel short by the final whistle.
Scorers - Lucan Sarsfields: T Somers 0-5 (0-4f, 0-1 '65'), M McCaffrey, CJ Smith 1-0 each, C Crummey, J McCaffrey 0-2 each, K Fitzgerald, K O'Reilly (f), C Dowling 0-1 each. Ballyboden St Enda's: C Dooley 0-5 (0-4f), P Ryan 0-4 (0-3f), N McMorrow 0-2, C Keaney, D O'Connor, A Mellett, N Ryan, J Roche 0-1 each.
Lucan Sarsfields: K Roche; P Smith, B Aird, P Claffey; J Bellew, C Crummey, J McCaffrey; M McCaffrey, R Smith; T Somers, P Kelly, P Crummey; A Roche, K Fitzgerald, CJ Smith. Subs: C Dowling for A Roche (ht), K O'Reilly for Kelly (36), A Phelan for Somers (51), M May for Phelan (60).
Ballyboden St Enda's: G Maguire; M Travers, L Corcoran, S O'Connor; S Durkin, S Lambert, C Robinson; F McGarry, N McMorrow; J Madden, N Ryan, C Keaney; A Mellett, C Dooley, D Curtin. Subs: P Ryan for McGarry (half-time), C McCormack for Dooley (39), D O'Connor for Curtin (44), J Roche for N Ryan (52).
Ref: A Keating (Setanta).