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Round Up : Minor Hurling Championship Finals

Round Up : Minor Hurling Championship Finals

Mon, 27th November 2023

Lucan Sarsfields claimed the Dublin Minor 'A' Hurling Championship title when pipping Kilmacud Crokes by 1-19 to 1-18 in their thrilling decider at O'Toole Park on Sunday morning.

Both teams played out a similarly competitive final last year with Crokes catching their opponents on the line on that occasion but the roles were reversed on Sunday as Lucan finished strongly, securing the coveted prize thanks to a brilliant point from distance by captain Cathal Kennedy.

There was little to separate the teams throughout with three Darragh Lyons frees keeping Lucan in touch in the early stages.

Sarsfields then put daylight between the teams thanks to a trio of scorers on the bounce from David Mulqueen, Sean Langton and the influential Ryan Clancy.

However, Crokes responded impressively with defenders James Dunphy, Conal Ó Riain and Calum McClean to the fore as they struck six unanswered points to lead by 0-11 to 0-7 at the break.

Their situation improved further in the 33rd minute as Oran O'Keeffe netted but their opponents refused to buckle as they stayed in the hunt following points from Clancy, Eoin Conheady and Lyons.

The free taking of Crokes captain Ruairi Walsh ensured his side remained in front but parity was restored when Senan Bolger scored a superb individual goal in the 59th minute.

Walsh responded with another free to edge his team back in front but after Lyons had scored his ninth point of the morning, Kennedy drove forward from centre-back to produce a fittingly dramatic conclusion to another memorable clash between these great teams.

It proved similarly tight in the 'B' decider as Fingallians did just enough to see off a spirited Thomas Davis by 3-14 to 2-13 at Lawless Park.

It was the visitors that started on the front foot with two points by the impressive Jack O'Connor and a Fionn Lynch score handing them an early three point lead.

A brace of Aron Gargan frees helped Fins to settle and the same player edged his team in front with a smartly taken goal.

Kevin Finnan added two points from play to keep the hosts in front with Shane Mullarkey replying at the opposite end for Thomas Davis.

However, Fins seized the initiative through a Cillian Brennan goal to lead by 2-7 to 0-7 at half-time.

The visitors bounced back superbly in the third quarter as substitute Daire Tipping netted with his first touch and they moved ahead by the 40th minute courtesy of an excellent Sean Benton goal.

Fingallians fought back with a fortuitous goal from goalkeeper Sean Delaney edging them back in front and they pushed for home thanks to points by Dan King and Harry Brogan.

The likes of Mullarkey, O'Connor and corner-back Jamie Stanton continued to battle for the Tallaght side but Fins prevailed thanks to strong individual performances by Cameron Clarke, King, Finan Brady, Delaney and Stephen Hickey.

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