The last four meet this Sunday in Dublin Senior Hurling Double Header in Parnell Park
Sunday, October 7th 2018
Focus returns to the small ball again this weekend as the last four teams battle it out in this year’s Dublin Senior Hurling Championship Semi Finals. And Parnell Park will host the double header of action with St. Vincents taking on Ballyboden St. Enda’s and Kilmacud Crokes facing reigning champions Cuala.
St. Vincents v Ballyboden St. Endas
Throw in 2:15pm
St. Vincents have followed up their impressive form from last year’s championship with another strong run in this year’s competition. Their luck ran out in 2017 when they came up against champions Cuala in the Semi Final. But this year they’ve grown in confidence and skill even more. The Marino men topped Group 1, beating St. Judes, O’Tooles and Raheny along the way to keep a 100% record. And despite receiving stiff competition from local rivals Na Fianna in their Quarter Final two weeks ago, they held their nerve to come from behind and win 1-14 to 1-12.
Substitute Alan Moore grabbed a crucial goal with twelve minutes left on the clock to steal the victory. A late flurry of points followed to put a stop to Na Fianna’s championship hopes.
Their opponents Ballyboden St. Endas took a similar route. They topped Group 3 following convincing wins over Cuala, Craobh Chiarain and St. Brigids to set up a Quarter Final with Ballinteer St. Johns, who had finished runners up to Lucan Sarsfields in the Group 4.
Paul Ryan and Conal Keaney were the shooting stars for Boden as they cruised to victory over Ballinteer in their SHC ‘A’ Quarter Final in Parnell Park.
Kilmacud Crokes v Cuala
Throw In 4:00pm
A repeat of last year’s Championship final at this stage means there will be at least one new side advancing to the final. And Kilmacud and Cuala know each other too well.
Crokes went three for three in Group 2 against Na Fianna, Whitehall Colmcille and Naomh Fionnbarra this year before setting up a Quarter Final clash with St. Judes. An Oisin O’Rorke inspired Crokes saw off their southside rivals. O’Rorke hit six points from play in an impressive display while his corner-forward colleague Ronan Hayes also cause problems for the Jude’s defence, particularly in the opening half, and amassed 0-3 from play overall.
Reigning champs Cuala had to settle for second position in Group 3 having been beaten by Ballyboden St. Endas, but that hasn’t dampened the Dalkey men’s strength in this competition. Wins against Craobh Chiarain and St. Brigids got them over the line and into the last eight were they faced Group 4 winners Lucan Sarsfields.
And in the Quarter Final Cuala lay down a marker for everyone else in the competition with a more than convincing 2-26 to 2-13 win. Con O’Callaghan is hitting all the right balls once again finding the net. And a Sean Moran converted penalty helped their cause. In the closing stages of the game CJ Smith and Chris Crummey netted for Lucan but the mountain they were climbing was far too steep thanks to Cuala’s full control over the game.