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Lucan show their mettle to light up Parnell

LAST Tuesday evening, all roads, except one, led to Lansdowne Road. At teatime, the bright lights of Parnell Park could be seen from Killester Village.

Under their glare, Lucan and Na Fianna made history. It was the first Dublin Minor Championship final under lights. Lucan won a thriller, 1-9 to 2-4.

The crowd was small enough. But they made some din in the main stand. On the far side of the ground, a Lucan man kept running up and down outside the wall, following the play and encouraging all the while.

He never stopped for the hour. He covered more ground than any of the players. If there was a prize for Fan of the Match, he would have got it.

All-Ireland final referee, Karl O'Brien, was in charge. Seamus Massey was on the tannoy.

At number six for Na Fianna was Alva Egan, a splendid player. She made some exciting bursts forward.

Alva got the hard gig, curtailing the gifted Alison Twomey. It was the duel of the tie.

The Glasnevin side attacked the church end in the first half. They led at the break, 1-4 to 0-5. Their goal came in the 19th minute from Aoife Caffrey, a daughter of 1983 Dublin Apostle, John. Aoife's sister, Leah, also played with distinction.

The Mobhi Road club were superior in the opening period. They had twice built up five-point leads. But approaching the kit-kats, Lucan began to peg it back.

Lucan hit three unanswered points approaching the interval, and points from a Began 45 and Twomey from play levelled matters 10 minutes into the restart.

And five minutes later, Lucan seemed to have tightened the lid when a rasping strike from Michelle Kelly sped to the basket.

But Na Fianna responded with a goal of their own -- a smart finish from Khloe Dillon Coote. All square for the third and last time.

But two points in two minutes were to secure victory for the Super Sars. Beagan lofted over in the 49th minute and Sarah Courtney edged them that little bit closer to harbour with one of the most charming scores of the tussle.

Afterwards, both clubs travelled up Griffith Avenue to Na Fianna for grub. It won't be their last supper.