6 Juvenile Hurling
Lucan Sarsfields 2-19 Whitehall 3-16
Every encounter we have with Whitehall typically brings out the best in both teams and this occasion was no exception. The game started off in an even fashion with Whitehall edging the first score before Cian replied with a free for us. The next few points were traded before Whitehall went ahead 4-3 after converting their first free. Whitehall kept the scoreboard ticking over and whilst we were active also, we only added two points plus a few wides against six points for them. We finished out the half strongly with Herkus adding two scores, Andy one plus another free for Cian to leave us just one behind at the break.
Whitehall again got the first score of the second half before we had a period of dominance ourselves. Herkus got us up and running with Cillian getting the equalising point which was added to by Andy plus a few more frees by Cian. This phase left us 14-12 ahead and in reasonable control of the game. Some sloppy play then left Whitehall back into the game and they seized the initiative to take back the lead by adding an unanswered 1-3. Cian replied with two more converted frees before Whitehall added their final point of the day. Andy tied up the game with our first goal having had an earlier shot blocked. Whitehall messed up the resultant puckout which Cian converted before Cillian added our second goal following excellent work by Eanna to win the ball and set up the score. Eoin Gormley added a score before Eanna won another free that was again converted by Cian. This left us 2-19 to 1-16 ahead going into injury time. Whitehall responded in an impressive fashion – from a neutral’s perspective. Their first goal came from a close-in free that was eventually bundled over the line following a few phases where the ball was never cleared. The final score was not dissimilar – another bundled effort having failed to clear the ball properly. A very disappointing end to the game for us which felt like a loss.
Lucan: Luke Finnerty; David Kavanagh, Anthony McNulty, Edward Connolly; Gavin Millea, Alan Murphy, Eoghan O’Connor; Herkus Sviglinskas (0-4), Colm Behan; Cian McHugh (0-9, 0-7f); Andrew Carroll (1-4), Cillian Hogan (1-1); Ciaran Keane, Eoin Higgins, Oisin O’Brien; Eanna Torsney, Eoin Gormley (0-1), Shaun Keegan, David Millar.
Ballyboden St Endas 5-10 Lucan Sarsfields 4-18
This was a high-scoring encounter. Our defenders actually played well but Kevin Desmond was fairly hot at full forward for Boden. We lost the toss and played against a fairly fresh breeze in the first half. Boden opened the scoring with two early points before we drew level. Boden then put some pressure on and went into a 2-4 to 0-2 lead while we were a bit jittery and uncharacteristically fumbled possession. We were a four cylinder engine with one of the plugs not working properly. Oisin then pulled smartly in the box to net our first goal and Cian put over a couple of frees to close the gap but Boden subsequently added 1-2 themselves to extend their lead back out to eight points. The fourth cylinder started working properly in the second quarter. By half time we had added five points to our tally compared to two for Boden which left four in it at the break.
The breeze continued after the interval – not very strong but definitely affecting puck-outs. We were still in the car park when Boden added a smart, immediate 1-1 to extend their lead back to eight points again. We then found an extra two cylinders and started to purr. Eanna kicked off a scoring sequence followed by Oisin’s second goal and we led by a point before Boden scored again. They got their fifth goal to retake the lead but up stepped Andrew with an immediate net-finder to snatch the lead back. We added a final 1-2 – Eanna getting in for another key score – with Boden only able to add two final points. Good entertainment for the neutrals in a division where six teams are sitting on two wins and two losses after the first four rounds of the league. All to play for...
Lucan: Luke Finnerty; David Kavanagh, Eoghan O’Connor, Anthony McNulty; Gavin Millea, Herkus Sviglinskas (0-3), Eoin Higgins; Alan Murphy (0-1), Edward Connolly; Eoin Gormley, Andrew Carroll (1-2), Cian McHugh (0-8, 0-6f); Oisin O’Brien (2-0); Eanna Torsney (1-1), Ciaran Keane (0-2); David Millar, Cillian Hogan (0-1), Cathal Shanahan.
Lucan Sarsfields 0-13 Kilmacud Crokes 4-11
This was a game of two halves. Crokes got off to a good start and scored 1-1 on almost the first two attacks of the match. This woke us up and we went on to dominate the rest of the half outscoring Crokes by ten points to three. This was a high-energy display by both backs and forwards whereby we put Crokes under severe pressure and didn’t let them settle on the ball. They shot six wides in the first half. The down side for us was that we did not take advantage of two good goal scoring chances in the first half.
Crokes reorganised during the interval and seemed to be able to make more space in the second half. At the end of the third quarter, scores were level – 0-13 to 2-7. However, Crokes went on to score an unanswered 2-4 in the final quarter. Their inside pair of forwards operated in a lot of space and their superior skills and inter-passing came to the fore whereas we seemed to tire a little.
There were a number of positives to be taken from this display against the team that has been the benchmark for this age group since the days of under-8’s.
Lucan: Luke Finnerty; David Kavanagh, Anthony McNulty, Eoghan O'Connor; Gavin Millea, Herkus Sviglinskas (0-1), Eoin Higgins; Alan Murphy (0-1), Edward Connolly; Shaun Keegan, Andrew Carroll (0-1), Eanna Torsney; Ciaran Keane (0-1), Cian McHugh (0-8 (0-4f, 0-1 '65)), Oisin O'Brien (0-1); David Millar, Eoin Gormley, Cillian Hogan.
Manager: Eammon King
Mentors: Alan Flynn & Antonio Synergie.
Manager: Mike Hanley
Mentor: Joe Donnelly
Castleknock 2-13 Lucan Sarsfields 4-3
Another five minutes would have done it! A spirited comeback from a blank first half saw Lucan pressurize Castleknock to the end and confine their scoring to just three points in the second half. An outstanding display by David Donnnelly, positioned in midfield saw him visit every blade of grass in Porterstown. An inspired positional change in the full forward line cut out the dominance of a very strong Castleknock full back and opened the way for Lucan after the turn. Newcomer Daire Brady’s free led to our first goal early in the second half. Lucan cut the deficit to 3 points with five to go but despite intense pressure time was not on their side. Despite the loss the season looks bright for these lads who were helped by three U14s.
U14 B hurlers started their league campaign against Clontarf last Saturday in the 12th Lock. The last time these two teams met was towards the end of the U13 league only a matter of months when Clontarf won well. But Saturday was a day for revenge - Mark Gormley led the charge from midfield dominating and covering every blade of grass. At halftime we were ahead 2.1 to no score. The second half saw a fight back from Clontarf with them scoring two early goals, but we responded with goals from two of our U13 brigade - Justin Meyler and Luke O'Neill bagging five between them, but the highlight was a 30 metre strike to the top corner from Liam Power. There was no way back for Clontarf. The full time score was 8.3 to 2.0.
Lucan U13A v Commercials - Match Report (Declan O’Leary)
A tough start to U13A league campaign, against last years runners-up Commercials, was further complicated with the absence of two influential players due to travel and injury. A very good first half display left Lucan trailing by only 2 scores. But , our cause was further hampered by the lose through injury of free-taker Hugh Cuffe with a suspected fractured thumb with two minutes remaining in the first half. The second half started with Lucan weathering attack after attack from Commercials. These attacks eventually wore our resolute defense down and Commercials ran out winners. The final score doesn't reflect the effort put in by our overall squad. The message coming from the players after the game was that its upwards from here and that they are able to compete at this level.
Under 8 - boys born in 2008
Managers: Ciara Dardis, Darragh Hunt, Dermot Kelly, Kieron O'Neill, Eli Roche
Mentors: Mick Heffernan, Mick Ryan, Dermot Coakley, Con McDonagh, Ronan Burke, Andrew Lloyd, Kieran Walker, Martin Shortiss, Eithne Ryan, Frank O'Leary, Eoin McNamara, Bryan Quinn, Wayne Duffy, JP McAndrew, Peter Somers, Ciara Dardis, Darragh Hunt, Dermot Kelly, Kieron O'Neill, Eli Roche
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