Semi Finalists decided after 2 quarter finals in this year’s Dublin Senior 1 Hurling Championship Quarters
Ballyboden St. Endas 2-21 Lucan Sarsfields 0-23
Goals proved the crucial difference in the opening Dublin Senior 1 Hurling Quarter Final yesterday at Parnell Park. And with Niall McMorrow and Paul Ryan finding the net either side of the half time break it saw Ballyboden St. Endas shade the clash with Lucan Sarsfields by 4 points. That books them a semi final clash with reigning champions Kilmacud Crokes on October 8th.
This game was tight. Boden only lead Lucan by 2 points at the break on a 1-10 to 0-11 scoreline. When McMorrow struck the ball into an empty Lucan net on 20 minutes they were only ahead by 0-06 to 0-05. But there was nothing straightforward about the clash with both sides registering 23 scores each. Boden pushed into a six point lead on two occasions. But Lucan battled back both times, and even closed the gap to 2 scores in second half stoppage time. McMorrow and Ryan ran out top scorers with 1-08 and 1-03 respectively.
Veteran dual player Conal Keaney showed his worth once again lasting almost the entire game and contributing a point of his own, just a day after turning 40. And his double dream remains alive as he’ll be part of the football panel this weekend with Boden through to the last four of the Championship.
Na Fianna 1-19 St. Vincents 0-17
A first ever Senior 1 Hurling title is still on the cards for Na Fianna even thought they’ll face stern opposition in Cuala in a hotly contested Semi Final. But that won’t deter the Mobhi Road men after seeing off the challenge of a strong St. Vincents side.
The sides were 0-03 a piece when Colin Currie hit the net for Na Fianna in the 11th minute but 6 minutes later Vincents had pulled level. They took the lead on 3 occasions and finished the half 3 clear of Na Fianna by 0-12 to 1-06. Na Fianna fought hard with a slight wind advantage. And by the midaway point of the second half they draw level. Minutes later they were again 2 ahead and by the last third Na Fianna were handed an additional advantage with John Hetherton receving a second yellow and sent out of the action leaving Vincents to see out the game with 14 men.
It was ultimately the difference between the sides as they played cat and mouse with Na Fianna edging the tie and setting their course to the semis.
Dublin GAA have confirmed the draw for the Dublin Senior 1 Hurling Semi Finals. Kilmacud Crokes will face Ballyboden St. Endas on Saturday October 8th at 7:30pm. Cuala will square off against Na Fianna on Sunday October 9th at 4:00pm. Both games will of course be hosted at Parnell Park in Donnycarney.