LUCAN SARSFIELDS 0-16 BALLYBODEN ST ENDA’S 2-6
Lucan made little of the difficult conditions to defeat reigning champions, Ballyboden St Enda’s, in this Dublin SHC ‘A’ Group C duel at Parnell Park on Wednesday night.
The clubs have clashed on many memorable occasions towards the latter end of the championship in recent with Boden always coming out on top but this encounter belonged to a very focussed and economical Lucan.
Playing with wind advantage in the opening half Lucan laid the foundations for their victory as they led 0-9 to 0-0 after 23 minutes.
All over the park they were on top with Mick May in particular particularly prominent across the half-foward line.
Boden’s only score of the first half came in injury-time when Paul Ryan pointed and immediately on the restart Stephen O’Connor made it 0-9 to 1-2.
Matters improved for Boden in the 36th minute when Ryan batted a high delivery to the net to reduce the deficit to four points.
However, May repsonded with a fine point for Lucan and in the process Boden centre-back, Stephen Nolan, was dismissed on a red-card for a late challenge.
Over the remainder of the game Lucan used the extra man intelligently as Ballyboden tried in vain to chase the game.
With three minutes to go Niall McMorrow brilliantly deflected a Simon Lambert sideline to the net but Lucan were not going to be deprived with the impressive Chris Crummey, Dublin minor captain of last year, tagging on an insurance point in the last minute.