Kilmacud Crokes 2-16
St Judes 1-15

GOALS FROM CAPTAIN Sean McGrath and Ross O’Carroll proved crucial in enabling Kilmacud Crokes to win tonight’s Dublin senior hurling final after extra-time.

St Judes, appearing in their first ever final, looked to be on the cusp of history after fantastic displays by Dublin senior Danny Sutcliffe and 19 year-old Fionn O’Riain-Broin saw them lead by two points near the end of normal-time.

But a free by McGrath and a last-gasp score from play by Damien Kelly rescued a draw for Kilmacud Crokes. Then in extra-time the team managed by former Clare All-Ireland winner Ollie Baker took over and surged for the finish line.

Captain McGrath hammered home a fiercely-struck shot for a goal in the first period of extra-time after being set up by Ross O’Carroll and Kilmacud were in front by 2-13 to 0-14 at the midway mark in extra time.

St Judes battled to the finish with Paul Maguire firing a 20-yard free to the net. But Kilmacud closed out the game with a late Ryan O’Dwyer point and they now advance to the AIB Leinster SHC club quarter-final tie against Laois champions Rathdowney-Errill on Sunday November 2nd.

A tight first-half had culminated with the teams locked at 0-5 apiece. But Sutcliffe and O’Riain-Broin inspired their side to go 0-10 to 0-7 ahead entering the final quarter.

Then Kilmacud Crokes received a lifeline when O’Carroll whipped a ball to the net following a great run forward by Damien Kelly. Again St Judes upped the ante to go clear by 0-12 to 1-7 and then by 0-14 to 1-9.

But their hopes of glory were dashed by a late scoring salvo by Kilmacud. The winners controlled the game in extra-time with goalkeeper Mattie Collins in inspired form while defenders Cian MacGabhann and Jack Doughan also impressed.

Scorers for Kilmacud Crokes:

Sean McGrath 1-6 (0-5f), Ross O’Carroll 1-0, Ryan O’Dwyer 0-2, Dillon Mulligan,Jude Sweeney, Damien Kelly, Oisin O’Rorke, James Burke, Caolan Conway, Barry O’Rorke, Cian MacGabhann 0-1 each.

Scorers for St Judes:

Fionn O’Riain-Broin 0-10 (0-9f), Paul Maguire 1-0 (1-0 pen), Danny Sutcliffe 0-3, Joseph McManus, Ronan Joyce 0-1 each.

1. Mattie Collins

4. Jamie Clinton
3. Rory O’Carroll
2. Niall Corcoran

5. Cian MacGabhann
6. Jack Doughan
7. Bill O’Carroll

8. Dillon Mulligan
11. Damien Kelly

13. Caolan Conway
10. Ryan O’Dwyer
9. Ross O’Carroll

14. Oisin O’Rorke
12. Sean McGrath
15. Barry O’Rorke

1. Graham Nolan

2. Eoin McLoughlin
3. Gerard McManus
4. Ciaran Mangan

7. Ross O’Brien
5. Rob Hardy
6. Alan O’Beirne

8. Paul Maguire
9. Neal Mangan

10. Ronan Joyce
11. Danny Sutcliffe
12. Mark McGuire

13. Fionn O’Riain-Brion
14. Tom Devlin
15. Joseph McManus

Referee: Danny Harrington (Naomh Mearnóg)
(The Score)

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