LUCAN SARSFIELDS hit three first-half goals which effectively put them into the Dublin MHC 'B' decider after a 4-6 to 2-5 victory over St Sylvester's at 12th Lock on Sunday.
Those three goals, courtesy of Conor Moran, Colm Kelly and Dan O'Neill, ensured the home side held a comfortable looking eight-point lead at the break.
But credit to the Malahide men who fought back strongly and found the net twice themselves to force the Lucan men to dig deep to keep their noses in front. Nobody did more to help their cause than Colm Byrne, who accounted for 2-4 of his team's total.
Simon Owens and Alan Kavanagh also led the charge after the break while defenders Thomas Coakley and Karl Stacey battled to the bitter end.
But when Moran raised his second green flag, it ensured there would be no comeback story.
Apart from the aforementioned goal scorers, Eoghan Ó Conghaile showed tremendous ability from placed ball for the winners. Paul Rigney was another to impress in a tireless display while John Bellew and Rob Ennis also caught the eye.
Goalkeeper William Swaine's contribution must also be noted, with a couple of excellent saves at vital moments in that second period.
St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh now await Sarsfields and their mentor Anthony Nolan is under no illusions as to the challenge that lies ahead.
"They are a very good team," said Nolan. "I think they've beaten Castleknock and Naomh Fionnbarra to get to the final which was no easy thing so they are in good form.
"We'll just keep the lads ticking over and make sure the attitude is right and then give it a bash. That's what it's all about."