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Crossmaglen v Kilmacud - Matchtracker

Updated: Tuesday, 17 Mar 2009 18:16

Crossmaglen's Aaron Kernan is tracked by Kimacud's Mark Vaughan
Crossmaglen's Aaron Kernan is tracked by Kimacud's Mark Vaughan

By Shane Murray

Welcome to the second of today's matchtrackers from Croke Park, where Dublin's Kilmacud Crokes overcame Armagh's Crossmaglen Rangers in the AIB All-Ireland Club Football final.

Crossmaglen Rangers 0-07 Kilmacud Crokes 1-09

FULL-TIME: 0-07 to 1-09

62 mins Magee gets his second point of the day to complete the scoring on a historic day for the Stillorgan club, as referee Ó Conamha blows the whistle seconds later. 0-07 to 1-09

60 mins Corkery stays calm to split the posts on the hour with less than a minute to play as Kilmacud go four points clear. Surely the title is staying in Dublin following St Vincent's'victory last year? 0-07 to 1-08

Crossmaglen's Cathal Short and Kilmacud's Ray Cosgrove are introduced.

55 mins David McKenna is denied at the Canal End when he is crowded out by the resilient Kilmacud rearguard and they clear their lines.

Kilmacud's Johhny Magee on for Liam Óg Ó hÉinneachain.

53 mins However, Vaughan steps up with a huge score at the other end after good work from Burke and Morrissey. 0-07 to 1-07

52 mins McConville's fourth point of the day from a free reduces Kilmacud's lead to two points. 0-07 to 1-06

50 mins Stephen Kernan points after younger brother Aaron set him up to edge Crossmaglen back to within three points. 0-06 to 1-06

Crossmaglen's Rico Kelly comes on for John Donaldson as manager Donal Murtagh tries to get his back into the game.

Crossmaglen's Stephen Finnegan comes on for Brendan McKeown.

47 mins Vaughan converts yet another free for the Dubliners after a really scrappy spell. 0-05 to 1-06

46 mins Davoren and Aaron Kernan are booked for their part in a needless fracas, while Paul McKeown follows a minute later.

RTÉ match commentator Marty Morrissey reveals there is an attendance of 32,952 at Croke Park today.

Kyle Carragher comes on for Crossmaglen's Murtagh.

38 mins Kilmacud do regsiter a fine quick-fire point, so quick in fact I didn't see who got it, even after the replay! It was Darren Magee I think, but I'll get back to it if I learn differently. 0-05 to 1-05

37 mins Kilmacud are squandering chances themselves at the other end, and Hearty mops up well under his crossbar from a Vaughan free-kick which just drops short.

36 mins Murtagh shoots carelessly wide at the end of a promising Crossmaglen move.

34 mins Tony Kernan points from a 45 at the second attempt after McConville's initial goal-bound strike was pushed behind by David Nestor. 0-05 to 1-04

Half-time: 0-04 to 1-04

32 mins McConville slots over a free just before the break to reduce the deficit to just one goal at the interval. 0-04 to 1-04

28 mins Brian Kavanagh splits the posts with one of the best points of the half after dogged work from Vaughan and Pat Burke created the opening. 0-03 to 1-04

Crossmaglen's Stephen Kernan has been introduced for Michael McNamee.

24 mins Tony Kernan follows that with a narrowly missed 45 as the wides mount up for the Armagh and Ulster kingpins.

23 mins Crossmaglen work the ball patiently to Michael McNamee, but he tries his luck from distance and miscues horribly to let Kilmacud off the hook.

21 mins Kevin Nolan is the first name into referee Gearóid Ó Conamha's book for a foul on Jamie Clarke. McConville converts the resulting free from the right. 0-03 to 1-03

20 mins McConville uncharacteristically pulls a left-wing free narrowly wide of the left post.

18 mins The Dubliners are also defending resolutely, with corner-forward Mark Vaughan already popping up two or three times to good effect in his own backline.

17 mins Tony Kernan points from the first 45 of the afternoon to reduce the deficit to four points. 0-02 to 1-03

12 mins Kilmacud, underdogs in most people's eyes, have stormed out of the traps and are well worth their early five-point lead. They are quicker to the breaking ball and more astute in their use of it.

10 mins GOAL! Mark Davoren latches onto a fisted ball from Niall Corkery near the left endline and keeps his nerve to hammer the ball low past Paul Hearty in the Crossmaglen goal. 0-01 to 1-03

9 mins John Murtagh squanders a good opening at the other end, pulling his effort left and wide when a point, or even a goal, looked likely.

8 mins Vaughan adds a second with a brilliantly executed free from distance. 0-01 to 0-03

5 mins Oisin McConville replies at the other end with a superb point off his left. 0-01 to 0-02

4 mins Mark Vaughan adds another point from a close range free. 0-00 to 0-02

3 mins Kilmacud's Brian Kavanagh opens the scoring in the third minute with a fine point from play on the right. 0-00 to 0-01

4.30pm Game on. The Ulster champions won the toss and opted to play into the Hill 16 end on a blustery but sunny day.

4.20pm There is one late change to the Crossmaglen line-up with Tony Kernan coming in for brother Stephen at corner-forward. Kilmacud line out as selected.

4.15pm The big guns are being paraded now with All-Ireland winning captains Henry Shefflin, Brian Dooher, Caithriona Foley and Angela Walsh presented to the crowd with their respective All-Ireland trophies.

4.10pm The crowd at a sun-drenched Croke Park (well those not shaded in the Cusack Stand!) are being treated to an impressive display of GAA-themed performance art by the Galway-based Macnas Theatre and Performance Arts Group, which led the St Patrick's Day parade in Dublin this morning. The GAA is, of course, celebrating its 125th year, so this has been a day of celebration and reflection for the association.

3.55pm Ok, thank God that massacre is over. De La Salle offered slightly more resistance in the second half but they couldn't prevent Portumna defending their title in some style. 2-24 to 1-08 is some scoreline in any match, but in an All-Ireland final it just shows the class that this talented Portumna team possess. Congratulations to all and commiserations to De La Salle, and in particular players like John Mullane, on the end of his second Croke Park annihilation in less than six months.

3.15pm It's currently half-time in the hurling, where Portumna lead 2-11 to 0-03. Game over there, let's hope this one shapes up a little better.

The teams are expected to line out as follows:

Crossmaglen Rangers: Paul Hearty; Brendan McKeown, Paul Kernan, Paul McKeown; Aaron Kernan, Francie Bellew, John Donaldson; Tony McEntee, David McKenna; Michael McNamee, John McEntee, Jamie Clarke; Tony Kernan, John Murtagh, Oisin McConville.

Kilmacud Crokes: David Nestor; Ross O'Carroll, Rory O'Carroll, Kevin Nolan; Brian McGrath, Paul Griffin, Cian O'Sullivan; Darren Magee, Niall Corkery; Liam Óg Ó hÉinneachain, Brian Kavanagh, Adrian Morrissey; Mark Vaughan, Mark Davoren, Pat Burke.

Referee: Gearóid Ó Conamha (Galway).