Lucan refuse to Croke it in Division One Féile
By Hayden Moore
HOSTS of the Division One Hurling Féile na nGael Lucan Sarsfields put up an impressive display as they beat Kilmacud Crokes 2-4 to 1-6 in the final to lift the coveted prize.
Crokes were awarded a free right at the death, but with a goal required to see them pinch the title, the ball was blasted over the bar instead of under, ultimately handing the trophy to the 12th Lock outfit.
Three wins from three saw Sarsfields top a tricky group containing St Jude’s, Cuala and Whitehall.
Cormac Coffey and Kevin Gormley’s individ-ual 1-1 tallies contributed handsomely to a convin-cing victory over Faughs in the semi-final.
Midfielder David Mulqueen got Sarsfields off to a fine start in the final against Crokes in Parnell Park when he turned past his marker before lifting his head, picking his corner and firing to the net.
Lucan took full advantage of the wind at their back in the opening half with Mulqueen firing 2-1 and his midfield partner Cathal Kennedy twice splitting the posts.
While the forwards dominated the first-half display for Lucan, the story of the encounter was the terrific hooking and blocking from their backline after the interval as they fought tooth and nail to hold onto their lead.
While Sean Carolan, Ryan Clancy and captain Sean Langton put their bodies on the line to halt Kilmacud’s advances, Darragh O’Toole found the energy needed to burst from defence and lift the siege momentarily.
Sarsfields’ only score of the half came when substitute Paddy Ryan fed the sliotar back to Mulqueen, who rifled over the blackspot.
The Stillorgan side kept chipping away at the scoreboard and closed the gap to two-points heading into injury time and with that they where awarded the aforementioned free at goal-scoring range which they failed to fully capitalise on.
All roads now lead to Carrigtwohill for Lucan, as they will compete in the National Féile na nGael at the start of June.