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sars hope to edge 'boden

Lucan Sarsfields will hope to end the year on a high when they face Ballyboden St Enda's in the Dublin Under 21 'A' Hurling Championship Final at O'Toole Park this Sunday morning (10.30).

Sars have impressed throughout their brief campaign that began with a comprehensive success over 2013 winners Ballinteer St John's and they clinched their final berth with another comfortable win over St Brigid's last Saturday week.

Ballyboden are likely to offer a sterner challenge in five days time but Lucan manager Fintan Clandillon has been justifiably pleased with the form shown by his charges over the past month.

"The performances have been very encouraging and the U21 championship takes on a life of its own sometimes with momentum playing a huge part in it.

"We haven't done an awful lot of training this year and have focussed on playing challenge games and that seems to have worked.

"With the lads so busy with college etc, it's important that every session that we have together is worthwhile and the training games have helped in that regard.

"Having beaten a decent St John's side in the first round, we appreciated that things could snowball from there and that is what has happened," added Clandillon.

Certainly, that win in Marley Park has been followed by successive victories over Cuala and St Brigid's with the 12th Lock club highlighting the obvious talent that exists at Clandillon's disposal.

The likes of Matthew McCaffrey, Seán McClelland, Chris Crummey and Emmet Ó Conghaile lack little in terms of skill and experience while John Bellew and Eoghan Ó Conghaile have enjoyed stellar campaigns to date.

They will face the ultimate test next Sunday however when coming up against a talented Ballyboden side that have enjoyed high-scoring wins over Kilmacud Crokes and St Vincent's en route to the decider.

"Traditionally, they are the team to beat," conceded Clandillon.

"In every championship, Ballyboden will always produce a strong team and this under-21 team are no different.

"Not only have they lads with senior experience, they also have players that have been involved in the intercounty set-up so we are well aware of the challenge that lies ahead.

"All we can do is approach the game in a positive manner, something that we have done all year and hope that the momentum that we have generated so far will continue for one more game."

Of course, Lucan's seniors did not cover themselves in glory this year with their tame exit at the hands of O'Toole's in the Dublin Senior Hurling Championship quarter-final a poor return for a team with serious talent.

"The senior year was massively disappointing so it is a great opportunity for the lads involved at senior level to finish the year on a high.

"The senior lads were very disappointed with how the year went and are determined to grasp the chance of ending the year on a high," said Clandillon.


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