It was the biggest club football game of the year with the All-Ireland decider taking place in Croke Park.
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RESULT: St Brigid’s 2-11 Ballymun Kickhams 2-10
15.39 – After the hurling action has concluded, we’re getting set for this year’s All-Ireland club football decider. Dublin’s Ballymun Kickhams, appearing in their first ever final, go up against Roscommo side St Brigid’s, who lost out in the final two years ago against Crossmaglen Rangers. Throw-in shortly at Croke Park.
15.42 – Here’s the St Brigid’s team with big names to watch out for in goalkeeper Shane Curran, defender Peter Domican, midfielder Karol Mannion and the attacking pair of Senan Kilbride and Frankie Dolan.
ST BRIGID’S: Shane Curran; Gearoid Cunniffe, Peter Domican, Johnny Murray; Niall Grehan, Darragh Donnelly, Ronan Stack; Karol Mannion, Ian Kilbride; Damien Kelleher, Richard Blaine, Darren Dolan; Cathal McHugh, Senan Kilbride, Frankie Dolan.
15.45 – And here’s the Ballymun Kickhams line-up. James McCarthy, Alan Hubbard, Philly McMahon and Dean Rock are some of their leading lights.
BALLYMUN KICKHAMS: Sean Currie; Eoin Dolan, Sean George, Enda Dolan; Alan Hubbard, Karl Connolly, James Burke; James McCarthy, Philly McMahon; Davey Byrne, Kevin Leahy, Jason Whelan; Ted Furman, Dean Rock, Elliott Reilly.
15.47 – We’re underway in the 2013 All-Ireland senior club football final.
15.49 – Ballymun Kickhams 0-1 St Brigid’s 0-1: 2 mins – Good start by both teams. Ted Furman kicks Ballymun Kickhams ahead with a point inside 20 seconds before Senan Kilbride responds with a classy effort for St Brigid’s.
15.50 – Goal for Ballymun Kickhams by Dean Rock!
15.51 – Ballymun Kickhams 1-1 St Brigid’s 0-1: Early boost for Ballymun Kickhams as Jason Whelan floats in a high ball and Dean Rock nips in ahead of Shane Curran to punch the ball to the net.
15.52 – Goal for Ballymun Kickhams from Philly McMahon!
15.55 – Ballymun Kickhams 2-2 St Brigid’s 0-1: 7 mins – What a start for Ballymun Kickhams! Ted Furman, who has made a bright impression early on, tears through the St Brigid’s rearguard and unleashes a shot which is brilliantly saved by Shane Curran before the rebound comes back to Furman and he offloads to Philly McMahon who crashes the ball to the net. Then Furman follows that up by making a run forward which leads to him being fouled and Rock converting the resultant free.
15.57 – Ballymun Kickhams 2-3 St Brigid’s 0-1: 10 mins – And Ballymun Kickhams bright start continues with James Burke floating over a splendid point from the left wing. St Brigid’s are already in trouble as they stare at an eight-point deficit.
15.58 – Goal for St Brigid’s from Senan Kilbride!
16.00 – Ballymun Kickhams 2-4 St Brigid’s 1-1: 13 mins – Big boost for St Brigid’s as they try to get back into contention. A great team move sees Senan Kilbride field a high ball that is pumped in and he does brilliantly to finish the ball to the net under pressure. Ballymun Kickhams do hit back with a fine point from Jason Whelan.
16.02 – Ballymun Kickhams 2-4 St Brigid’s 1-2: 15 mins – Five points in it now after Richard Blaine points for St Brigid’s when there was a slight chance of a goal in the offing. Previously Kevin Leahy and Elliott Reilly were both booked for Ballymun Kickhams.
16.07 – Ballymun Kickhams 2-4 St Brigid’s 1-3: 20 mins – Frankie Dolan fires over a ’45 for St Brigid’s to help them in their comeback.
16.09 – After their blistering early start, Ballymun Kickhams accuracy in front of goal has eluded them. Dean Rock has just seen his attempt at a point from a free drift wide.
16.12 – Ballymun Kickhams 2-5 St Brigid’s 1-4: 25 mins – Ballymun Kickhams rectify their earlier shooting problems with a superb score from center-back Karl Connolly after he charged forward. Good reply from St Brigid’s though with Karol Mannion pointing for them. It’s a good contest now after Ballymun Kickhams had started so impressively.
16.18 – Ballymun Kickhams 2-5 St Brigid’s 1-5: 32 mins – Superb point by midfielder Karol Mannion for St Brigid’s.
16.19 – Ballymun Kickhams 2-6 St Brigid’s 1-5: 33 mins – Ted Furman skips clear of Johnny Murray to land another point for Ballymun Kickhams.
16.22 – HT: Ballymun Kickhams 2-6 St Brigid’s 1-5: The Dublin champions retire at the interval with a four-point advantage.
16.28 – Very interesting first-half of a game which looked like it could be over in the early stages as Ballymun Kickhams tore into an eight-point lead. But St Brigid’s responded in style to cut the deficit.
Here are the scorers from the first-half.
Ballymun Kickhams: Dean Rock 1-1 (1-0f), Philly McMahon 1-0, Ted Furman 0-2, James Burke, Karl Connolly, Jason Whelan 0-1 each.
St Brigid’s: Senan Kilbride 1-1, Karol Mannion 0-2, Frankie Dolan (0-1 ’45), Richard Blaine 0-1 each.
16.33 – 29,928 is the attendance in Croke Park this afternoon. Derek Byrne is into the Ballymun Kickhams side for the second-half which is about to get underway shortly.
16.35 – Ballymun Kickhams 2-6 St Brigid’s 1-6: 31 mins – And it is St Brigid’s who get off to a bright second-half start with Senan Kilbride scything in from the left wing and fisting the ball over the bar.
16.38 – Ballymun Kickhams 2-7 St Brigid’s 1-6: 35 mins – Dean Rock taps over a close-range free to restore Ballymun’s advantage to four points.
16.39 – Ballymun Kickhams 2-7 St Brigid’s 1-7: 35 mins – Senan Kilbride demonstrates why he is St Brigid’s go-to guy up front. He catches a long delivery under pressure, exchanges passes with Cathal McHugh and pops over a lovely point.
16.41 – Goal for St Brigid’s from Karol Mannion!
16.43 – Ballymun Kickhams 2-7 St Brigid’s 2-7: 39 mins – After trailing by 8 points early during the first-half, St Brigid’s are now level. Karol Mannion has grabbed their second goal after Senan Kilbride pumped in a sideline ball form the left wing and the ball broke kindly for Mannion. The midfielder showed great intelligence to opt to powerful fist the ball low to the net.
16.45 – Ballymun Kickhams 2-8 St Brigid’s 2-8: 42 mins – Mayo native James Burke surges forward to first over a point over for Ballymun Kickhams but then Frankie Dolan ensures St Brigid’s hit back with a measured kick that goes over the bar via the upright.
16.48 – St Brigid’s 2-9 Ballymun Kickhams 2-9: 45 mins – St Brigid’s briefly forge ahead courtesy of a point by Darragh Donnelly but Dean Rock then ties the game again with a score from a free.
16.49 – St Brigid’s 2-10 Ballymun Kickhams 2-9: 46 mins – The Roscommon side are ahead after a great score by Frankie Dolan. This match is developing into a terrific contest.
16.51 – Enda Sheehy is on the St Brigid’s team for Cathal McHugh while Ballymun Kickhams replace Sean George with Conor Weir. Interestingly Ballymun have brought Philly McMahon back into their defence to help quell the threat of Senan Kilbride.
St Brigid’s Karol Mannion celebrates scoring a goal
Pic: INPHO/Cathal Noonan
16.54 – Dean Rock has the chance to tie the game but his effort from a free drifts across the goal and goes wide. John Small is on for Ballymun Kickhams instead of Elliott Reilly. Nine minutes remaining.
16.55 – Conor McHugh replaces Richard Blaine on the St Brigid’s team.
16.58 – St Brigid’s 2-10 Ballymun Kickhams 2-10: 55 mins – Level once more. A superb point by Jason Whelan ties the game for Ballymun after Frankie Dolan has coughed up possession for St Brigid’s at the other end.
16.59 – Great chance for Ballymun Kickhams to forge ahead but Jason Whelan’s shot from a free floats wide.
17.01 – Two minutes remaining, the sides are level and it’s tense in Croke Park.
17.04 – Frankie Dolan point for St Brigid’s!
17.05 – FT: St Brigid’s 2-11 Ballymun Kickhams 2-10: That’s it, St Brigid’s have been crowned All-Ireland champions!
17.07 – An amazing conclusion in Croke Park as St Brigid’s claimed a last-gasp point in injury-time with Frankie Dolan winning possession and hooking over a shot with his left foot. Prior to that, St Brigid’s had missed two chances to notch a point but their shots fell shot into the hands of Ballymun goalkeeper Sean Currie.
17.09 – The triumph is St Brigid’s first ever All-Ireland club title after they lost out in 2007 and 2012 at the semi-final stage while in 2011 they were defeated in the final by Crossmaglen Rangers. It’s also Roscommon’s first ever All-Ireland senior club title.
17.12 – St Brigid’s joint captains Gearoid Cunniffe and Darragh Donnelly have just lifted the Andy Merrigan Cup in the Hogan Stand.
17.14 – The second All-Ireland triumph for a Connacht club today in Croke Park and a day to savor for Galway hurling manager Anthony Cunningham. His native club St Thomas won the hurling decider while St Brigid’s, the local club close to his residence and whom he trained to three Roscommon titles and one Connacht crown between 2005 and 2007, have won the football final.
17.22 – Here are the scorers from today’s game.
St Brigid’s: Senan Kilbride 1-3, Karol Mannion 1-2, Frankie Dolan 0-4 (0-1 ’45), Darragh Donnelly, Richard Blaine 0-1 each.
Ballymun Kickhams: Dean Rock 1-3 (1-0f), Philly McMahon 1-0, Ted Furman, James Burke, Jason Whelan 0-2 each, Karl Connolly 0-1.
17.27 – That concludes a dramatic day of action in Croke Park. Congratulations to Galway’s St Thomas and Roscommon’s St Brigid’s who have been crowned All-Ireland senior club champions for 2013. Thanks for joining us this afternoon.