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Result

Leinster senior club football final

Ballyboden St Enda’s (Dublin) 0-8 Éire Óg (Carlow) 0-6

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Afternoon all and welcome along to our live coverage of the last provincial senior football final of the year.

It’s Dublin against Carlow in the Leinster decider with Ballyboden St-Enda’s taking on Éire Óg. Throw-in at O’Moore Park is 2pm.

Ballyboden St-Enda’s triumphed in the Leinster final in 2015 with Éire Óg last victorious in this competition in 1998, part of five titles wins they enjoyed in the 90s.

All set in O’Moore Park for the action. Ballyboden strong favourites, can Éire Óg spring a surprise?

4Mins

Plenty possession for Ballyboden but Éire Óg pack their defence and can break away as the Dublin side see their attack break down.

6Mins

Colm Basquel gets a sight of goal on the right of the posts for Ballyboden about 20 yards out but Eoghan Ruth does brilliantly to get back to block. We’re still waiting for the first score.

8Mins

Snapshot on the turn by Darren O’Reilly but it’s off target for Ballyboden. Éire Óg well organised at the back, making it difficult for the favourites.

12Mins

Éire Óg 0-3 Ballyboden St-Enda’s 0-0
What a burst by Éire Óg! Big scoring breakthrough on a difficult Sunday for football with three quick points in succession. Ross Dunphy gallops forward, exchanges passes and clips over a point. Then Éire Óg break to intercept the resultant kickout and Sean Gannon judges the wind perfectly to float over his kick. And then they gather possession again with Chris Blake sweeping over a score.

12Mins

Ballyboden are playing against a fierce wind and having to go short with kick-outs cost them there twice as they coughed up possession. Éire Óg with a bit of a cushion on the scoreboard now.

17Mins

Sub: Defender Paul McElligott forced off through injury for Éire Óg and Kelvin Chatten comes in.

17Mins

Bit of a hold up there for that injury to the Éire Óg player but we’re back under way now and still Ballyboden go in search of their first score.

22Mins

Huge moment! Ballyboden manage to break the cover and have clear sight of goal, Basquel’s shot is smothered by goalkeeper Ricky Keating and Éire Óg can clear.

23Mins

Éire Óg 0-3 Ballyboden 0-1
It’s taken 23 minutes but the Dublin kingpins are on the board. A ’45 is floated in and breaks to Colm Basquel who pops it over off his left from close range.

27Mins

Dunphy hoofs one in from distance for Éire Óg but the ball is held up in the air and tails wide despite the best efforts of Colm Hulton to keep it in. The Carlow side have gone a while now without adding to their tally.

28Mins

Éire Óg 0-3 Ballyboden St-Enda’s 0-2
The gap is down to one now. Ballyboden’s patient inter-play pays off and it’s capped off by Conal Keaney hooking over a point approaching the interval.

28Mins

It’s an atrocious day for football in Portlaoise, a typical winter afternoon as both teams try to round off a long year on a successful note.

31Mins

Ballyboden St-Enda’s 0-3 Éire Óg 0-3
Draw game now. Yellow card for Mark Fitzgerald after a foul on Alan Flood. He hauled him down as a channel of space opened up near goal after being turned. Ryan Basquel clips over the resultant free.

35Mins

So all square at the break then in O’Moore Park on such a tough day for football. Ballyboden have got the upper hand as the half progressed, reeling Éire Óg in and pulling back the three points they conceded in a quick early burst to the Carlow champions.

Ballyboden look the better team and have the wind in their favour in the second half. We’ll be back shortly for the second half action.

45Mins

All set to go for the second half action at O’Moore Park.

50Mins

Early chance for Éire Óg from a free but Chris Blake can’t find his range and push them in front.

50Mins
35Mins
36Mins

Ballyboden St-Enda’s 0-4 Éire Óg 0-3
And for the first time in the game, Ballyboden hit the front. Colm Basquel makes ground in the left wing and fists over when he approaches goal. 

37Mins

Ballyboden St-Enda’s 0-4 Éire Óg 0-4
But the lead doesn’t last long! Éire Óg rally and surge downfield with Ross Dunphy steadying himself to drive over a lovely point. Level again.

40Mins

Sub: What a replacement to bring on. Michael Darragh MacAuley comes in for Ballyboden and Sean Gibbons is also in. Donough McCabe and Brian Bobbett are the players to make way.

41Mins

Ballyboden St-Enda’s 0-5 Éire Óg 0-4
It’s getting frantic now as both sides attack but Ballyboden get their noses in front, Conal Keaney showing the composure to loft over a point.

43Mins

Sub: Éire Óg bring in Derek Hayden for Cormac Mullins. 

45Mins

Éire Óg still in this approaching the final quarter and they’ve a free in from out on the left wing.

45Mins

Chris Blake had the accuracy in to the teeth of that strong wind but it fell short and Ballyboden clear.

46Mins

Ballyboden St-Enda’s 0-5 Éire Óg 0-5
But the underdogs are level now! Jordan Morrissey kept calm to clip over a lovely point after being fed by Sean Gannon. The move began with Ballyboden being turned over when they were on the attack.

48Mins

Colm Hulton has a go from the right for Éire Óg but his shot drifts wide.

49Mins

Sub: Warren Egan in for Ballyboden for Alan Flood.

49Mins

Wild shot by Ballyboden sub Egan who is just in and it’s all square with ten minutes left. 

49Mins

Sub: Tom Hayes in for Ross McGarry for Ballyboden.

51Mins

Ross Dunphy has a chance off his left but can’t get the angle right as Éire Óg press to go ahead.

52Mins

Are Éire Óg going to rue those missed chances? Ryan Basquel sizes up a free for Ballyboden.

53Mins

And Basquel can’t get his shot on target as it drifts away.

54Mins

Now a free in for Éire Óg. Ross Dunphy the latest to try to convert one in these difficult conditions.

55Mins

Éire Óg 0-6 Ballyboden St-Enda’s 0-5
Dunphy taps it short to Sean Gannon who pops over the point and the Carlow champions hit the front!

55Mins

Sub: Niall Quinlan in for Éire Óg for Colm Hulton and Ballyboden bring in James Holland for Conal Keaney.

56Mins

Free in for Ballyboden, Ryan Basquel to take it.

58Mins

And the ball floats wide, Éire Óg still ahead. Two minutes left.

59Mins

Warren Egan levels it for Ballyboden!

59Mins

We’re into injury-time, 0-6 apiece in Portlaoise.

59Mins

Two minutes of injury time to be played.

61Mins

And Ryan Basquel puts Ballyboden ahead, super point!

61Mins

Ballyboden St-Enda’s 0-7 Éire Óg 0-6
Is that enough for the Dublin champions?

61Mins

Michael Darragh MacAuley fists over the point that puts Ballyboden ahead by two.

66Mins

Pulsating finish as Ballyboden held their nerve to grab that late run of points. Very tough defeat for Éire Óg to take after they put in a massive performance. Terrible conditions for both sides but it was a fierce battle, Ballyboden winning their second Leinster title of the decade and they’ll now take on Down’s Kilcoo on Saturday 4 January in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Thanks for joining us today.

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