The last four go head to head in this year’s Dublin Senior Hurling Semi Finals
Sunday, October 7th 2018
It’s a massive day in the hurling calendar as the last four teams face off to decide the pairing for this year’s Dublin Senior Hurling Championship Final.
St. Vincent’s, Ballyboden St. Endas, Kilmacud Crokes and Cuala have all earned their place for this afternoon’s Semi Finals and all the action will go down in Parnell Park in what promises to be an exciting double header.
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.
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