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Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-18 Borris-Ileigh 0-15 – FT


It’s blocked and the referee blows it up. Ballyhale are All-Ireland champions once again!


Borris are awarded a free about 25m from goal to the left of the posts. Maher is standing over it. He’ll have to go for goal here.


Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-18 Borris-Ileigh 0-15

Kevin Maher drills an effort over the bar. 


Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-18 Borris-Ileigh 0-14

TJ Reid wins the break from a puck-out and is fouled as he heads towards goals. He sends over the free to leave four between the sides as we enter three minutes of added time. Borris need a goal now.


Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-17 Borris-Ileigh 0-14

Jerry Kelly with a beautiful dummy and point reduces the gap to two. TJ Reid pulls one back for the holders from the next play.


Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-13 Borris-Ileigh 0-13

A huge moment as Maher’s point is awarded by Hawk-Eye. It’s back to a one score game now.


Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-16 Borris-Ileigh 0-12

Maher turns over a ball in midfield and it’s eventually worked to Jerry Kelly for a score. Borris are still in this with four minutes of normal time left.


Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-16 Borris-Ileigh 0-10

Evan Shefflin drives over his second point from inside his own half.


Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-14 Borris-Ileigh 0-10

A crossfield ball picks out the unmarked Adrian Mullen, who slots it over. Maher responds immediately with a point before Mullen doubles his tally.


Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-13 Borris-Ileigh 0-9

Borris are starting to turn Ballyhale over in defence. Brendan Maher adds a free to reduce the gap to four.


Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-13 Borris-Ileigh 0-8

Evan Shefflin sends over a lovely score from distance.


Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-12 Borris-Ileigh 0-8

Niall Kenny is fouled as he runs at the Ballyhale defence and Maher slots over the free.


Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-12 Borris-Ileigh 0-7

Reid sticks over a free from well inside his own half near the touchline.


Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-11 Borris-Ileigh 0-7

Eoin Reid and Brendan Maher (free) trade scores at the start of the second-half.


Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-10 Borris-Ileigh 0-6 – HT


Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-9 Borris-Ileigh 0-6

Reid scores a fine effort after cutting inside from the wing. We’re into stoppage-time now.


Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-9 Borris-Ileigh 0-6

Patrick Mullen again for Ballyhale. Colin Fennelly saw a goal chance denied by James McCormack moments earlier.


Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-8 Borris-Ileigh 0-6

Jerry Kelly pops over his fifth of the afternoon. Eoin Reid responds for the Kilkenny champions.


Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-7 Borris-Ileigh 0-5

Colin Fennelly stretches the Ballyhale lead to two.


Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-6 Borris-Ileigh 0-5

Adrian Mullen has been quiet so far but he is fouled after a drive forward. Reid converts the close-range free.

Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-5 Borris-Ileigh 0-5

19 mins – Patrick Mullen with another big score from midfield.

Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-4 Borris-Ileigh 0-4

18 mins – Another free from Reid and we’re level.

Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-3 Borris-Ileigh 0-4

TJ Reid pops over his first free of the day. A minute earlier he struck one off the post. 

Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-2 Borris-Ileigh 0-4

13 mins – Kelly lands his fourth from the middle, before Patrick Mullen pulls one back for Ballyhale.

Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-1 Borris-Ileigh 0-3

10 mins – Another phenomenal effort from Kelly – his third of the day.

Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-1 Borris-Ileigh 0-2

9 mins – TJ Reid equalises for Ballyhale before Jerry Kelly lands a wonder score from the wing.

Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-0 Borris-Ileigh 0-1

5 mins – Jerry Kelly gives Borris the lead early on.

Cork’s Colm Lyons is the referee for this one.

Here’s the teams named to start.

Ballyhale Shamrocks

1. Dean Mason

2. Darragh Corcoran
3. Joey Holden
4. Darren Mullen

5. Evan Shefflin
6. Michael Fennelly
7. Brian Butler

8. Ronan Corcoran
9. Patrick Mullen

10. Adrian Mullen
11. Brian Cody
12. T.J. Reid

13. Eoin Reid
14. Colin Fennelly
15. Eoin Cody


1. James McCormack

2. Séamus Burke
3. Paddy Stapleton
4. Liam Ryan

5. Seán McCormack
6. Brendan Maher
7. Ray McCormack

8. Tommy Ryan
9. Dan McCormack

10. Kieran Maher
11. Niall Kenny
12. Conor Kenny

13. Kevin Maher
14. Jerry Kelly
15. James Devaney

Afternoon all and welcome along to Croke Park. It’s Kilkenny against Tipperary as Ballyhale Shamrocks get set to face Borris-Ileigh in the All-Ireland senior club hurling final.

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