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So who fancies taking on Corofin in the All-Ireland club football final? 

The reigning champions are back in another decider as Ballyboden St Enda’s and Kilcoo battle it out to join them. 

Ballyboden are seeking to reach their second-ever final, and first since 2016, while Kilcoo are hoping to make a maiden decider.  

We’ll have team news for you shortly. Throw-in is at 3.30pm and the game is live on TG4.

All the big guns start for Ballyboden as Michael Darragh Macauley and Conal Keaney make the starting XV for the Dublin champions.

Here’s how the sides will start:

Ballyboden St Enda’s

1. Darragh Gogan

2. Shane Clayton
3. Bob Dwan
4. Cathal Flaherty

5. Kieran Kennedy
6. Robbie McDaid
7. Brian Bobbett

8. Michael Darragh Macauley
9. Declan O’Mahony

10. Darren O’Reilly
11. Colm Basquel 
12. Alan Flood

13. Ross McGarry
14. Ryan Basquel
15. Conal Keaney


1. Martin McCourt

2. Niall Branagan
3. Ryan McEvoy
4. Niall McEvoy

5. Eugene Branagan
6. Aaron Branagan
7. Daryl Branagan

8. Anthony Morgan
9. Aidan Branagan

10. Dylan Ward
11. Paul Devlin 
12. Ryan Johnston

13. Shealan Johnston
14. Jerome Johnston
15. Conor Laverty

Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-0 Kilcoo 0-1

4 mins – The first score of the day arrives off the boot of Paul Devlin after a well-worked Kilcoo move. 

Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-0 Kilcoo 0-1

7 mins – Ryan Basquel sends a free wide and Devlin misses a chance at the far end. 

Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-1 Kilcoo 0-1

9 mins – Nice pointed free off his left foot by Ryan Basquel. That one came from a very narrow angle.

Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-2 Kilcoo 0-1

10 mins – Keaney barrels through the Kilcoo rearguard and pops one over.

Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-3 Kilcoo 0-2

13 mins – Ryan McEvoy converts a free and Ryan Basquel responds after a good ball in by his brother.

Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-3 Kilcoo 0-3

16 mins – McEvoy swings over another free for the Down champions to level us up again. 

Ballyboden’s Darren O’Reilly is booked for a late hit on the Kilcoo midfielder. The lights are on at Kingspan Breffni due to the fading light. It’s tight and tense but low scoring so far. 

Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-3 Kilcoo 1-3

21 mins – Johnston’s neat finish sends his side three in front. Kilcoo ripped the ‘Boden defence apart there with a quick hand-passing move.

Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-3 Kilcoo 1-3

23 mins – Macauley is fouled after a trademark burst forward and Colm Basquel sends it narrowly wide.

Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-4 Kilcoo 1-3

24 mins – Colm Basquel gets his name on the scoreboard from a free.

Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-4 Kilcoo 1-4

28 mins – McEvoy with another Kilcoo free.

Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-4 Kilcoo 1-5

30 mins – Massive score from Anthony Morgan off the left. 

Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-6 Kilcoo 1-5 – HT

A late flurry from Ballyboden – with a score apiece from the Basquel brothers – before the break leaves them two down at the interval. 

We’re back underway for the second period. 

Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-6 Kilcoo 1-5

33 mins – Martin McCourt’s restart goes too short and Ballyboden with the throw-up, before Kieran Kennedy strokes one over from outside the boot.

CHANCE! Dylan Ward hand-passes to the back post but it narrowly misses the man inside and bounces wide. Goal chance there for the Ulster side.

Ballyboden sub: Aran Waters replaces Brian Bobbett.

Ballyboden sub: Tom Hayes comes in for Ross McGarry.


BLACK CARD! He’s only after coming onto the field but Waters receives a black for an off-the-ball collision. 

Ballyboden sub: Darragh Nelson for Waters.

The club competition is still going by the 2019 rules, so Waters is replaced rather than going to the sin-bin for 10 minutes.

Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-7 Kilcoo 1-6

42 mins – McEvoy’s free leaves two points between the teams again.

Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-7 Kilcoo 2-6

46 mins – What a huge moment that was. Branagan benefited after an attempted fisted point bounced back off the upright and he made no mistake from close range. Ballyboden need to pull another game out of the fire now! 

Ballyboden sub: Warren Egan for Alan Flood. 

Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-8 Kilcoo 2-6

48 mins – Ryan Basquel puts over a pressure free to reduce the gap to four. ‘Boden are still in this game with at least 12 minutes left to play.

SAVE! Fantastic stop from Darragh Gogan to deny Jerome Johnston a goal. 


BLACK CARD! Macauley is black carded for a body check and Ballyboden lose their veteran midfielder for the remainder of the game. 

Ballyboden sub: James Holland comes in for the black carded Macauley.

Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-9 Kilcoo 2-6

54 mins – Colm Basquel clips over a free, making it a three-point game.

Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-10 Kilcoo 2-6

55 mins – Basquel curls over another excellent placed ball from the wing. 

Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-10 Kilcoo 2-7

56 mins – There’s three between the sides following a quick Kilcoo counter and score from Johnston.

Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-11 Kilcoo 2-7

56 mins – Warren Egan responds immediately. We’re set-up for a cracking finish now. 

Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-11 Kilcoo 2-7

57 mins – ‘Boden attack again and Ryan Basquel kicks a chance wide. 

Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-12 Kilcoo 2-7

60 mins – Colm Basquel is fouled and the play is pulled back. Ryan sends the free wide from about 35m. We’ll have four minutes of added time. 

Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-11 Kilcoo 2-8

63 mins – Ryan McEvoy breaks forward and lands one over off his right. That might just seal it for Kilcoo!

BLACK CARD! Kilcoo’s Ryan McEvoy will finish the game in the dug-out. 

Ballyboden St Enda’s 0-11 Kilcoo 2-8 – HT

Kilcoo are into their first-ever All-Ireland final!

That’s all from us today, thanks for reading. 

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