Ballyboden hammer Lucan to reach final

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Dublin senior hurling championship semi-final
Ballyboden 6-10 1-08 Lucan, Parnell Park FT

60min Its all over Ballyboden win by 17pts. McCormac gets the sixth goal.
57min Two goals from Ballyboden, a goal line scamble
and a David O’Connor cracker. Its all over now.
52min Ballyboden still lead by seven, but they were fourteen up 7min ago.
50min The Lucan come back has started.
40min Two points for Lucan.
37min Its going to be a long way back for Lucan, another goal for Ballyboden by Paul Ryan.
35min Ballyboden get the first point of the second half.
30min Its half time and Ballyboden lead by eleven.
27min Its another goal for Ballyboden, this time McCormack buries it in the back of the Lucan net.
25min Its the Paul Ryan show with another point, thats 1-05 out of 1-06.
24min Another two points from Paul Ryan leaves them seven points up.
21min Two more points for Ballyboden leaves them five up with 6min to the break.
15min Paul Ryan extends the Ballyboden lead to three points.
11min O’Reily scores the point for Lucan.
10min Slow start to the match.
5min Paul Ryan scores a goal after five minutes for Ballyboden.

Ballyboden St Enda’s will continue their quest for a monumental five-a-row on Wednesday, when they take on Lucan Sarsfields in the Dublin Senior Hurling Championship semi-final at Parnell Park. Throw in 8.15pm.

This contest is peppered with recent rivalry as it will be the fourth meeting in five years between the sides. Boden have triumphed over the west Dublin side in the 2007 and 2008 semi-finals and last year saw Sarsfields receive another beating at the quarter-final stage by the same opposition.

Last weekend’s quarter-finals saw Boden defeat Ballinteer St John’s while Lucan had an impressive 0-25 to 1-2 win over Faughs. Lucan finished the game with 14 men while Faughs finished with 13 men, all three players in question were sent off before half-time. This acrimonious start was soon put to bed and when the actual hurling ensued, Lucan deservedly came out on top.

The Sarsfileds side was so impressive they kept Faughs scoreless for over 40 minutes despite conceding 1-1 in the opening minutes. Lucan settled soon after and sent over 16 unanswered scores as Faughs struggled to contend with Sarsfileds numerical advantage, Dublin minor Sean McClelland capped off an impressive individual performance with three points of his own.

Bodens kept Ballinteer at bay for most of their game but it took a Tim Sweeney goal 12 minutes from time to finally settle the tie on a score-line of 2-15 to 0-9. The Firhouse Road side found a stubborn St John’s defense in top form and will be thankful Ballinteer lacked the necessary firepower up front to test the champions. All-Star nominee Paul Ryan was his usual clinical self, scoring eight points, six from frees and one ’65 to help St. Enda’s cruise into the final.

Lucan has been knocking on the door for the past number of years but it’s been Ballyboden who have thwarted them on every occasion. The champions have been on something of a ruthless final appearances streak, reaching seven out of the last ten, winning four and Lucan will need Dublin captain John McCaffrey firing on all cylinders, to finally get one over the champions.

Verdict: Ballyboden St. Enda’s

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