LUCAN SARSFIELDS 0-25 FAUGHS 1-2
This Evening Herald Dublin SHC ‘A’ quarter-final started brightly for Faughs but by half-time there was only going to be one winner as Lucan marched into the last four.
A first minute point from John Kelly was soon followed by a brilliantly taken goal by Fergal Heavey to give Faughs an early 1-1 to 0-0 lead but a succession of 11 points without reply from the tenth minute until half-time had Lucan firmly in the driving seat by the interval.
Faughs had also been reduced to 13 men by the break following the dismissals of Conor McCann (fourth minute) and Maurice O’Brien (27th minute), while Lucan also had a player straight red-carded when Kevin Fitzgerald was sent off in the seventh minute.
When the game settled Lucan hurled with far greater potency – Darragh Brennan, Robert Lambert and Kevin O’Reilly were displaying great accuracy in attack while at the back Matthew McCaffrey and Peter Kelly provided a strong spine to their defence.
Kelly in particular was making everything look easy as he plucked any aerial ball around the danger zone and used his pace to take him into space before delivering the ball long to his forwards.
Lucan added five more unanswered points on the restart to move 0-19 to 1-2 clear by the three-quarter mark while holding Faughs scoreless for almost 40 minutes.
Mikey Ryan finally broke a chain of 16 points in-a-row, either side of half-time, with a fine point for Faughs but in terms of the eventual outcome it mattered little.
Dublin minor Sean McClelland decorated an impressive individual defensive display by scoring three points from play when liberated from his corner-back berth as Lucan booked their last-four spot in style.
SCORERS – Lucan Sarsfields: D Brennan, K O’Reilly (0-4f) 0-6 each, R Lambert, T Somers, S McClelland (0-2f) 0-3 each, M May, J McCaffrey, P Carroll, A Roche 0-1 each. Faughs: F Heavey 1-1, M Ryan 0-2, J Kelly, E McKenna 0-1 each.