Reigning Champions Cuala give big signal of intent in Quarter Final against Lucan Sarsfields

Cuala 2-26
Lucan Sarsfields 2-13

The quest for Cuala’s fourth consecutive Senior A hurling title is still on the cards as they comfortably beat Lucan Sarsfields in the second of Sunday’s double header games in Parnell Park. And they’ll meet their Final opponents for the last two year’s Kilmacud Crokes in this year’s Semi Finals.

Con O’Callaghan was on the money again today for Mattie Kenny’s side, bagging 1-02 in an accomplished display by the Dalkey side. Cuala blasted into a lead with unanswered scores by Nicky Kenny, Jake Malone and David Treacy. But Lucan finally got off the mark with an Emmet Allen converted free.

The champions were the more superior unit here, particularly in the first half. David Treacy hit six first-half frees while Con O’Callaghan fired over two fine points from play but it was their greater work-rate and use of possession that set them apart from their opponents.

Even though Lucan registered points through Matt McCaffrey, Paul Crummey and Ciaran Dowling, they struggled to contain the much fancied Cuala. Five points without reply including a brace for centre-back Sean Moran provided Cuala with a comprehensive 0-12 half time buffer (0-16 to 0-4).

Johnny McCaffrey and Dowling dug deep for Lucan, but Cuala continued to pick off scores ruthlessly. Treacy , Mark Schutte and Colum Sheanon re-inforced their supremacy, before O’Callaghan fired past Kevin Roche from an acute angle on 45 minutes.

Credit where credit is due, Lucan refused to lie down and gained a lifeline in the form of late goals by CJ Smith and Chris Crummey. Cuala were determined to finish the contest on a high, though, and Moran buried a final-minute penalty to round off a clinical display.

Scorers for Cuala:

David Treacy 0-09 (8f)
Nicky Kenny 0-05 (1f)
Con O’Callaghan 1-02
Sean Moran 1-02 (1-0 pen, 2f)
Mark Schutte 0-02
Dara O’Connell 0-01
Jake Malone 0-01
Sean Treacy 0-01
Colm Cronin 0-01
Colum Sheanon 0-01
D Flynn 0-01

Scorers for Lucan Sarsfields

Ciaran Dowling 0-06 (3f, 1 ’65)
CJ Smith 1-00
Chris Crummey 1-00
Jack McCaffrey 0-02 (2f)
Matt McCaffrey 0-01
Paul Crummey 0-01
Emmet Allen 0-01(1f)
Emmett O Conghaile 0-01
S McClelland 0-01 (1f)

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