After today’s action in Parnell Park we now know that Cuala and Ballyboden will contest this years Senior Hurling Final
And just like that we have two finalists for this year’s Dublin Senior Hurling Final. A bumper weekend of action finished with the two Semi Final games this afternoon in Parnell Park. And on the weekend of September 19th/20th reigning champions Cuala will defend their crown against former champions Ballyboden St. Endas.
Dublin Senior Hurling Championship
Lucan Sarsfield 0-13
Reigning Senior A Hurling kingpins Cuala showed the calibre they still hold in the final quarter of today’s opening Semi Final to keep their hope of back to back titles. The Dalkey men outscored opponents Lucan Sarsfield by 1-06 to 0-01 having trailed for earlier parts of the contest.
On 48 minutes Lucan were at 0-12 to 0-11 thanks to a CJ Smith point. Ben Coffey would convert their only other score of the game in the 50th as Cuala grabbed the game by the neck. A return from injury by Con O’Callaghan saw Cuala push to the finish line.
O’Callaghan’s work helped Sean Moran net their sides goal in the 49th, giving Cuala the lead for the first time since the opening minute. And O’Callaghan tagged on a score after Coffey’s point to set his side off to victory. Moran, Sean Treacy, Colm Cronin and Colum Sheanon helped put Cuala six clear before O’Callaghan hit the final score.
Lucan to their credit played a similar game to their Quarter Final performance and were rewarded at the break with a 0-07 to 0-05 lead. They had taken a 0-05 to 0-01 lead by the 15th minute. Two scores from Ben Coffey, and a score each from Kevin Fitzgerald, Paul Crummey and Peter Kelly had their side in control. From there Cuala patiently picked up the pace, biding their time until the close of the game to topple a disappointed Lucan side.
Na Fianna 0-12
Ballyboden St. Endas 1-15
Ballyboden St. Endas outscored their opponents Na Fianns by 1-07 to 0-01 in closing 20 minutes of the second Semi Final this afternoon to book their place in the Senior decider.
Na Fianna were 0-08 to 0-06 at the break and on course to reaching their first Senior Hurling decider. And int the 39th minutes of today’s game they lead 0-11 to 0-08. But Boden controlled the remainder of the exchanges.
From there Paul Ryan hit three scores with Paul Doherty adding another to push Boden’s noses in front at the second half water break. And apart from a Donal Burke free for Na Fianna it was all Boden’s experience that closed out the game.
Ryan converted a penalty after a Pearce Christie foul saw the referee spread his arms. Sadly for Ryan he aggravated a groin injury in the process and had to be replaced. Na Fianna did have a late goal opportunity but Colin Currie watched his shot drift wide.
After the opening half’s water break, Na Fianna took an 0-08 to 0-04 lead. Before that the sides were level on four a piece. Sean Currie sent a massive free over, before his brother Colin scored two from dead balls. Currie then sent a huge score over from 80 meters before Ryan converted two frees to see Boden close the gap to two scores at the break.