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Gaels feel force of Lucan in final

CONOR O'CALLAGHAN was the Lucan Sarsfields 'B' hero as his late 1-1 snatched victory, 2-6 to 2-4, from Trinity Gaels in a pulsating Division 6 final at Parnell Park, writes Diarmuid Geraghty.

Gaels got off to a fantastic start. A brace of frees from centre-forward Graham O'Reilly inside the opening eight minutes drew first blood, while a brilliant long-range point by midfielder Jamie Bishop pushed them 0-3 to 0-0 clear.

Lucan's battling spirit soon became evident, however. After some narrow misses, they got off the mark through Gavin Milea's well-taken score from what looked an impossible angle.

Then, just before the break, Cillian Murray punished some rare indiscipline in the Trinity defence by slotting a 20-metre free, leaving the minimum between the sides at the interval, 0-3 to 0-2.

There was a dramatic start to the second period. A long free from Conor O'Callaghan broke loose and Ryan Hyland reacted quickest to whip the sliotar into the net and propel his side into the lead. That lead was brief, though, as Trinity raised a green flag in the next attack when John Paul O'Mahoney poked home before a second goal, this time from Bishop, looked certain to give the Northside men a win.

Step forward O'Callaghan, who brilliantly flicked into the net before his fine point was followed by a late Killian Boylan free to seal it for Lucan.

LIFFEY'S TITLE GLORY

LIFFEY GAELS produced an exceptional team performance when claiming the Division 7 title, following a 0-6 to 0-3 win over a brave Crumlin at Blakestown Road on Sunday morning, writes Rónán Mac Lochlainn.

The contribution of wing-forward Adam Mitchell was vital over the 40 minutes as he hit three points, while Aaron Byrne and midfielder Conor Byrne shared the other three.

Seán Doyle was immense at wing-back for the winners and others to shine over the weekend were Gareth Redmond and Dylan Byrne, who impressed in attack, while goalkeeper Jacob Horan, Evan Mahon and Dean Moore were all to the fore for Gaels.

With only four teams competing in Division 7, there was a distinct edge to the group games with Liffey Gaels enjoying an impressive win over Commercials before overcoming both Parnell's and hosts Crumlin.

Crumlin may have lost their final group game to Liffey Gaels, but their final spot was already secured with their defence starring in wins over both Parnell's and Commercials.

Crumlin, managed by Luke Lawlor, lost nothing in defeat with the displays of Jake Stacey, George Clarke, Seán Swift, Brian Byrne, Patrick Kavanagh, Tony O'Reilly, Cillian Smith and Josh Reidy ensuring a bright future.


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