After this weekend’s Dublin Senior Hurling Quarter Finals the last four are now known and paired for action
There was plenty of action this weekend. And I think we can agree we had four really exciting quarter finals in the Dublin Senior A Hurling Championship yesterday and today. Na Fianna, Ballyboden St. Endas, Cuala and Lucan Sarsfield all prevailed and will contest the Semi Finals of the competition.
Na Fianna 4-20
A colossal second half saw Na Fianna net three goals and surge to victory over Faughs in the first of Saturday’s Hurling Quarter Final pairings in Parnell Park. It saw the Mobhi Road men clinch a 16 point victory to easily qualify for the Semis.
Na Fianna were 1-11 to 2-03 leaders at the break of the game. And early second half goals from Micheál Murphy and Martin Quilty moved their side out of sight of their opponents. From there it was an easy yet impressive finish. Donal Burke, who racked up 2-10 overall scored his second goal and some points, along with scores from Paul O’Dea and Kieran Murphy polishing off a great performance.
Murphy’s goal was struck two minutes into the second session from a Sean Currie pass. And it was only two minutes later when Quilty caught the end of a Paul O’Dea pass to make it 3-12 to 2-04. This made Faugh’s struggle even greater. And three more points on the bounce from Burke made it even harder.
Score from Fergal Heavey and Shane Doherty rewarded Faughs for their determination, but with Na Fianna finished with another 1-04 unanswered there was only ever going to be one winner.
St. Vincents 1-08
Ballyboden St. Endas 1-18
Another impressive second half Saturday performance in Parnell Park, saw Ballyboden finish ten clear of opponents St. Vincents. Boden were by far the better contenders in that period after leading by four scores at the break. They restarted with four more to move 0-14 to 0-06 ahead before 10 minutes had been played.
it was Vincent’s John Hetherton who broke the momentum of Niall McMorrow, Conal Keaney (2) and Paul Ryan, but only briefly.
Ryan continued to punish their opponents, scoring two frees, a ’65, and then converted a penalty from a foul on Keaney to put Boden 1-17 to 0-07 clear by the 52nd minute.
Hetherton struck goal for Vincents from 22 meters out, but it was never going to be enough to spoil Ballyboden’s day.
St. Brigids 2-14
Not as close an affair as last year’s Senior Hurling Championship Final, but Cuala continue to drive for back to back titles after seeing off St. Brigids earlier today on a 1-26 to 2-14 scoreline. And it was a game that Cuala never looked like losing.
Despite the absence of Con O’Callaghan the Dalkey side possessed more than enough fire power to do the damage, claiming a nine point victory over the Russell Park side. A dominant first half saw Cuala lead by 0-19 to 0-08 at the break, with David Treacy scoring nine of that tally. He added another five to that in the second.
Cian O’Sullivan’s second minute goal in the second half certainly ignited Brigids, but Treacy’s accuracy kept them at arms reach the whole time. Diarmud O’Floinn’s goal ten minutes from time really closed the game out for Cuala. But Ruairi Convery netted Brigids second goal in injury, which for nothing else was a consolation.
Lucan Sarsfield 0-16
Kilmacud Crokes 1-12
A dogged performance by Lucan Sarsfield saw them out-work Kilmacud Crokes to secure the last of the Semi Final slots at HQ this afternoon. Trailing by 0-09 to 0-08 at the break, Lucan took full advantage of the wind at their back in the second session to overthrow a Kilmacud side that had looked unbeatable throughout the round robin phase of the competition.
Despite an injury time goal from Ronan Hayes closing the gap for Crokes, Lucan deservedly held on for the win. Their work rate was exceptional for the entire game, never allowing Crokes gain any momentum. And that showed with Crokes only getting their first score from play 24 minutes into the second half.
Brothers Chris and Paul Crummey performed well, with Chris hitting five of his own scores. And had goalkeeper Cillian Murray not pulled off an incredible penalty save, the game could have had a different conclusion. And he was on hand again to save a quick shot from Mark Grogan, with Oisin O’Rorke unable to convert the rebound.
Dublin Senior Hurling Semi Finals
The draw for the Dublin Senior Hurling Semi Finals sees Ballyboden St. Endas drawn against Na Fianna and Lucan Sarsfield drawn against Champions Cuala. The games are scheduled to take place on September 5th/6th.