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WE ALREADY KNOW that Kilcormac-Killoughey are in the AIB Leinster senior club hurling final but who’s going to join them? Kilkenny champions Ballyhale Shamrocks and Dublin champions Kilmacud Crokes meet today in Parnell Park.

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Result: Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-15 Kilmacud Crokes 0-12

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Welcome along to Parnell Park, we’ve Ballyhale Shamrocks against Kilmacud Crokes first up in the AIB Leinster senior club hurling semi-final at 2pm.

Here’s the Ballyhale Shamrocks team that starts today:

1. Richie Reid

2. Alan Cuddihy
3. Joey Holden
4. Tom Coogan

5. Paul Shefflin
6. Michael Fennelly
7. Conor Walsh

8. Bob Aylward
9. David Hoyne

10. James Fitzpatrick
11. Henry Shefflin
12. TJ Reid

13. Eoin Reid
14. Colin Fennelly
15. Mark Aylward

Here’s the Kilmacud Crokes team:

1. Matt Collins

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

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

8. Dillon Mulligan
9. Ross O’Carroll

10. Ryan O’Dwyer
11. Damien Kelly
12. Sean McGrath

13. Caolan Conway
14. Oisin O’Rorke
15. Barry O’Rorke

Beautiful day here in Parnell Park with the recently crowned Kilkenny champions up against their Dublin opponents. Interesting sideline battle as well between Clare’s Ollie Baker who is over Kilmacud and Tipperary’s Colm Bonnar who is over Ballyhale.

Referee today is Wicklow’s John Keenan.

We’re set for the throw-in here.

2Mins

Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-1 Kilmacud Crokes 0-1
Early points exchanged by Henry Shefflin and Damien Kelly.

3Mins

Henry Shefflin starts at full forward, big deal there between him and Dublin senior footballer Rory O’Carroll.

3Mins

Kilmacud have brought Jude Sweeney, Rob O’laughlin and Conor Clinton in to their starting line-up in changes from the originally named team.

4Mins

Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-2 Kilmacud Crokes 0-1
TJ Reid knocks over a free as Ballyhale edge in front.

5Mins

Goal by Henry Shefflin!

7Mins

Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-3 Kilmacud Crokes 0-1
Great start by Ballyhale, who are showing no signs of any celebratory hangover from last Sunday’s Kilkenny final win. Conor Walsh launched in a high ball – he was probably going for a point – but the ball hung in the air and dropped short. Shefflin timed his run in and rose above Rory O’Carroll and advancing Kilmacud goalkeeper Matthew Collins to bat the ball to the net. TJ Reid has just converted a long-range free and Ballyhale are ahead by five.

10Mins

Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-4 Kilmacud Crokes 0-3
Colin Fennelly points for Ballyhale but that’s sandwiched by Kilmacud scores from a Sean McGrath free and a Ryan O’Dwyer effort from play.

13Mins

Yellow cards for Ballyhale’s Alan Cuddihy and Kilmacud’s Jude Sweeney.

15Mins

Bad miss from a central position from a free by Kilmacud’s Sean McGrath.

18Mins

Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-5 Kilmacud Crokes 0-3
TJ Reid has just knocked over a free for Ballyhale while Kilmacud have brought on Bill O’Carroll for Jamie Clinton.

20Mins

Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-6 Kilmacud Crokes 0-3
Fine score from a free by Reid again.

22Mins

Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-7 Kilmacud Crokes 0-5
Kilmacud cut the gap with points from McGrath and Caolan Conway before Cha Fitzpatrick raises a white flag for Ballyhale.

25Mins

Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-7 Kilmacud Crokes 0-6
Dublin champions are hanging in there, midfielder Dillon Mulligan caps a surging run with a lovely point.

29Mins

Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-8 Kilmacud Crokes 0-6
Big moment in the game. TJ Reid’s long-range free is arrowed towards goal before the ball evades goalkeeper Matthew Collins and falls to the net. Mark Aylward taps over his first point of the match and we’ve now eight points between the sides.

29Mins

Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-9 Kilmacud Crokes 0-6
Point for Ballyhale from Aylward again as we approach the interval.

Half-Time: Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-9 Kilmacud Crokes 0-6

Second-half under way here in Parnell Park.

34Mins

Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-9 Kilmacud Crokes 0-7
Kilmacud play a few short passes from a ’65 and the move ends with Mulligan swinging over his second point of the game. They need goals though to get back into this one.

36Mins

Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-9 Kilmacud Crokes 0-8
Sean McGrath is fouled after taking on the Ballyhale defence and it’s Ryan O’Dwyer who steps up to nail the resultant free.

38Mins

Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-9 Kilmacud Crokes 0-9
Great start to the second-half by Kilmacud. O’Dwyer bangs over another free for his side’s third point of the half without reply.

40Mins

Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-11 Kilmacud Crokes 0-9
TJ Reid fires over a free after Shefflin is fouled and then Shefflin scores from play. Ballyhale are back ahead by eight.

42Mins

Subs: Ballyhale bring in Brian Cody for David Hoyne, Kilmacud’s Oisin O’Rorke replaces Conor Clinton.

44Mins

Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-12 Kilmacud Crokes 0-10
Ryan O’Dwyer strikes a free to keep Kilmacud in touch but Ballyhale are just too strong it seems as Colin Fennelly cancels that score out with a point of his own.

47Mins

Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-12 Kilmacud Crokes 0-11
Caolan Conway gets clear of Ballyhale’s defence and with the goal at his mercy, he blasts the ball over the bar.

48Mins

Sub: Barry Mulligan on for Kilmacud for Cian MacGabhann.

49Mins

Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-13 Kilmacud Crokes 0-11
TJ Reid strikes a glorious point after a great free-flowing move by Ballyhale.

52Mins

Sub: James Burke is on for Kilmacud for Sean McGrath.

54Mins

Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-14 Kilmacud Crokes 0-11
TJ Reid knocks over a great free for Ballyhale. They look home and dry now with six minutes left.

57Mins

Subs: Ballyhale bring on Ronan Corcoran, Aidan Cummins and Gavin Butler for Conor Walsh, Mark Aylward and Alan Cuddihy. They’re emptying the bench here.

60Mins

Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-15 Kilmacud Crokes 0-12
Nine point lead now for Ballyhale with TJ Reid on target.

Full-Time: Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-15 Kilmacud Crokes 0-12
Nine point win for Ballyhale, they go forward to final against Kilcormac-Killoughey.

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