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McClelland's the maestro for Sarsfields

Lucan Sarsfields produced a dominant second-half display when comprehensively securing a 1-18 to 1-7 success over St Brigid's in their Dublin Under 21 'A' Hurling Championship semi-final at the 12th Lock last Saturday afternoon.

The win maintained Lucan's excellent form throughout this championship with their defence once again the foundation for their victory.

Sean McClelland has enjoyed a welcome return to form in recent weeks and the wing-back was outstanding for a Lucan defence that conceded just a solitary point from play over the 60 minutes.

"It was a very good win for us," admitted Sarsfields manager Fintan Clandillon.

"We lost our way a bit coming up to half-time but thankfully, we managed to find our form in the second half and we pulled away by the end."

The hosts enjoyed a 0-11 to 1-5 interval advantage with eight different players contributing scores while, in contrast, St Brigid's were largely reliant on the dead-ball threat of Paul Winters.

Winters landed a goal from a 20-metre free approaching the break but his expected influence from play was largely negated by the excellence of the home defence.

Disappointed

Despite being under a fair degree of pressure, the away defence coped well in patches with full-back Rónán McKenna and centre-back Mark Kavanagh figuring prominently while Luke Purtill worked tirelessly without much reward in the Blanchardstown forward line.

"We're very disappointed to get beaten, especially after playing well in the quarter-final against St Jude's," said St Brigid's Director of Hurling Timmy O'Mahony.

"For some reason we were very static today while Lucan were always moving both on and off the ball. They were by far the better team on the day and certainly we can have no qualms about the result."

Lucan's cause was also helped by the display of corner-back Philip Smith, while further up the field there were positive attacking contributions from Eoghan Ó Conghaile and Seán Ryan with a goal from substitute Robbie Madden in the 53rd minute effectively sealing their final berth against Ballyboden St Enda's.

"It is huge for us to make the 'A' final," said Clandillon.

"However, we are under no illusions as to the calibre and quality that Ballyboden possess in their ranks."


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