Lucan Defy Odds to Slay Ballyboden

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Lucan Sarsfield’s 2-12 – 0-16 Ballyboden St. Enda’s

Goals were to prove crucial as Lucan overcame the underdog status to defeat Ballyboden St Endas by 2-12 to 0-16 in O’Toole Park this afternoon.

The result ends a championship campaign which had started so promisingly for Boden after slaying the All-Ireland champions, Cuala in their opening group game.

Playing down the hill in the first half, Lucan got off to a dream start when midfielder Matt McCaffrey timed his run perfectly to collect a breaking pick out at pace, before finishing into the top corner.

Boden, however, would draw level by half time, forcing a number of frees which were converted by Conor Dooley.

Playing up the O’Toole Park hill, Lucan corner forward Ciarán Dowling took up a sweeper’s role, sitting in front of his full back line for the second half. The move would pay dividends. Boden’s solitary point in the first twenty minutes of the second half was testament to this.

The classic mistake of two defenders going for the same ball lead to the key score of the second half, Lucan’s second goal in the 41st minute, after Smith collected the ball amidst the confusion, for the easiest of finishes.

Although Boden began scoring more freely in the last ten minutes, with Chris Crummey sweeping well and protecting his goal for Lucan, they never looked like scoring the goal they would need, as Lucan over-came the apparent odds to progress to the semi-finals.

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By Conor Dunne