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Lucan limber up for a tough semi-final

IT was Van Morrison who said that 'there would be days like this'. Lucan Sarsfields know what the man in the hat meant.

Yet they are not looking forward to the delights of Coney Island -- instead, it's the semi-final of the Tesco Junior Football Championship that is presently rocking their boat.

"It's good to have something like a semi-final to focus on for the next few weeks," says Lucan manager, Kevin McBride.

"We have a big day to prepare for now."

Lucan topped their three-team Group to get there, overcoming Ballyboden St Enda's B and Portobello.

Boden and the 'Bello -- now there's two names rich in the tapestry of Dublin Ladies Football.

"They were two good sides, but thankfully we managed to come through the games in the end.

"The matches were a lot tighter than the score-lines suggested.

"The 'Boden match was particularly close, and it was only late on that we managed to pull away," adds McBride. The Sars reside in the lofty regions of Division 2. Playing at such altitude sharpens their touch.

"We are doing well enough there. We lost a couple of games but they were against top teams like Kilmacud Crokes and St Sylvester's.

"The girls are putting in the effort. They are flying in training, and hopefully we can kick on from here.

"There's a nice mix there. We have brought in a good few minors and we also have some of the players that got the club to the Leinster Championship a few years ago."

Being home on the 12th Lock is another bonus. "It's a fabulous facility. It's so well looked after," remarks Kevin.


He is not expecting a picnic in the semi-final. "We'll be up against St Peregrine's, Thomas Davis or Man O'War. They are all excellent teams, so whoever we get, it will be tough.

"The semi-final won't be till mid-July, so we'll keep working away. The girls deserve a lot of credit. It's a terrific achievement to reach the last four."