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Last-gasp Bray strike sees Raheny edge past Lucan

Raheny recovered from a disappointing start to deservedly overcome a brave Lucan Sarsfields by 2-4 to 1-4 in their thrilling Division 2 final at Parnell Park last Sunday afternoon, writes Rónán Mac Lochlainn.

The win was secured through a superb goal from Alex Bray in the closing stages as Raheny recovered from losing their opening group game to St Maur's on Saturday to ultimately claim the coveted prize.

Lucan started brightly and an expertly converted penalty handed Sarsfields an early four-point advantage before Raheny finished the half on a high through an exceptional finish from 10 yards by Cian Ivers.

The winners resumed brightly in the second half and took the early initiative with Luke Mitchell, Jack Fagan and Darren Branigan excelling defensively while goalkeeper Dara Kane made a string of fine saves for Raheny.

It seemed the tie was destined for extra-time before Bray secured possession close to goal and hammered an unstoppable shot to the roof of the net, concluding a wonderful weekend for the St Anne's Park club for whom both Tom Keogh and Tom Crimmons shone over the two days.

Raheny: D Kane, K Byrne, T Keogh, A McCormack, N Walsh, T Crimmons, S Farrelly, D Branigan, D Nolan; L Synnott, N Morgan, C Ivers, M Brennan, J Keane, D McSharry, S Geoghegan, B Maher, A Bray Flanagan, B McMahon, L Mitchell, J Fagan.

Lucan Sarsfields: A Carroll, E Torsney, E O'Connor, L Ponder, A Murphy, D Miller, G Millea, D O'Connor, S Whelan, J Fenlon, E Connolly, A McNulty, C Behan, H Sviglinskas, C Keane, C Lawlor, B Berry, J Bankole, C McHugh, L Harris.