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Boden U21s braced for hat-trick bid after sinking injury-hit Sars' hopes

An early goal from Adam Jermyn set Ballyboden St Enda's on their way to a comfortable 1-15 to 1-7 victory over a depleted Lucan Sarsfields in their Dublin U21 'A' Hurling Championship semi-final at the 12th Lock on Saturday.

The win sees the reigning holders advance to a final against near neighbours St Jude's, and there was a maturity to 'Boden's display that augurs well for their three-in-a-row ambitions, having beaten Jude's and Kilmacud Crokes in the previous two years.

The winner's task was made slightly easier by the absence of key personnel from the Lucan line-up, with Seán McClelland and Emmet Ó Conghaile unable to feature due to injury.

Jermyn's strike within the opening minute was a dream beginning for the visitors, who opened up a five-point lead by the fifth minute thanks to a brace of long-range points from influential centre-back Cillian Moffat.

Despite the disappointment of that early concession, Lucan tightened up considerably from that point on with corner-back John Bellew impressing while Matthew McCaffrey maintained his excellent form in the pivotal centre-back position.


Points from Liam McClelland and Chris Crummy kept Sarsfields in touch but three frees by Niall Ryan and another score from impressive full-forward Finian McDonagh ensured St Enda's enjoyed a 1-7 to 0-6 interval advantage.

Lucan required an impressive resumption to keep their hopes alive, but Crummy's enforced move into midfield left a gap in attack with the visitors dominating through the efforts of Moffatt, wing-back Jamie Desmond and wing-forward Gavin Corrigan.

That supremacy was manifest by scores from Ryan, Naoise Greene and substitute Eoghan O'Neill, and with Stephen O'Connor playing a captain's role at midfield, the concession of a late penalty -- converted by Crummy -- was of mere nuisance value to 'Boden manager John Small.

He said: "We were very pleased to get the win today but we have to acknowledge that Lucan didn't have a full team out so overall we're not too ecstatic.

"It is great for the team to be in the final. It can be hard at times to assess your opposition at this grade but we've a good crop of former minor players coming through and we're looking forward to the final."