AHL 1 vs Lucan Sarsfields
Sunday, 8th October 2017

Result: 0 16 to 2 12

Crummey dominant as Lucan progress - The Long Fella Reports 

A quality performance from Dublin star Chris Crummey sealed Boden’s fate in the Quarter Final of the Senior Hurling Championship at O’Toole Park on Sunday afternoon. Boden had fought well to recover from a Lucan goal in the second minute to go to the dressing room on par with their gritty opponents. However Lucan emerged for the second half with greater resolve and dominated the half, apart from a mini assault on their dominance with ten minutes left. What sealed Boden’s fate was a second half goal from Lucan’s corner-man C.J. Smith. This brought the margin to seven points, and with Crummey grabbing any loose ball in his area of the field, Boden’s efforts were in vain.

Lucan had the ball in the net after two minutes of the first half following a fifty yard run from mid-fielder McCaffrey. Meanwhile the older of the McCaffreys, Johnny, was mopping up any ball that Chris Crummey missed. Boden conceded a few scorable frees during the half and the ever reliable Tommy Sommers did the converting for Lucan. Boden did well from their half-forward area and Niall Ryan stood tall for a great score after a fifty yard run. Conor Dooley notched a fine individual score as well as some well needed frees. Aiden Mellet looked lively and he also made the score-sheet. With a minute to go in the half, Boden went ahead with a Dooley free, only for Lucan to level it from Sommers hurley.

Lucan emerged from the dressing room with real intent, and with points from McCaffrey, Dowling and Fitzgerald, they opened a lead they would hold for the rest of the game. After Smith’s goal, Boden fought back with points from Doc O’Connor, Paul Ryan and James Roche. However Lucan were not to be denied, and they blocked and harried Boden’s forward line for the concession of some turn-overs and a few long range scoring opportunities. Crummey and McCaffrey landed some of their best second-half scores and kept their tally ticking over, to the dismay of the sizeable Boden support. Niall McMorrow and Paul Ryan had Boden’s final points, leaving The Man of the Match, the ubiquitous Crummey catching the final ball to the sound of a double blow from the referee….the final whistle.

Best of luck to Lucan for the remainder of the championship.