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The All-Ireland club hurling final is here as Ballyhale Shamrocks and St Thomas go in search of the Tommy Moore Cup. Here’s how the teams are named to start:

Ballyhale Shamrocks

1. Dean Mason 

2. Darren Mullen
3. Joey Holden
4. Brian Butler

5. Evan Shefflin
6. Michael Fennelly (captain)
7. Patrick Mullen

8. Ronan Corcoran
9. Richie Reid

10. Brian Cody
11. TJ Reid
12. Adrian Mullen

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

St Thomas’

1. Gerald Murray

2. Cian Mahoney
3. Cathal Burke
4. Sean Skehill

5. Donal Cooney
6. Shane Cooney
7. Fintan Burke

9. David Burke
8. James Regan

10. David Sherry
11. Darragh Burke
12. Bernard Burke 

13. Brendan Farrell
14. Conor Cooney
11. Eanna Burke

Michael Fennelly is warming up with Ballyhale Shamrocks and looks to have overcome a knee injury in the build-up to the game. 

It’s time for predictions. Who do you fancy to take this one?

One late change for St Thomas, with Damien McGlynn replacing Eanna Burke.

2Mins

We’re underway!

2Mins

Ballyhale 0-1 St Thomas 0-0

Colin Fennelly is fouled and TJ Reid slots over the free from close range. 

3Mins

Ballyhale 0-3 St Thomas 0-0

Adrian Mullen and Reid fire over a score apiece. 

4Mins

Ballyhale 0-3 St Thomas 0-1

St Thomas are off the mark after Darragh Burke’s free. 

4Mins

Ballyhale 0-4 St Thomas 0-1

Eoin Cody responds immediately for Ballyhale.

5Mins

GOAL! Colin Fennelly fires into the St Thomas net after five minutes. 

6Mins

Ballyhale 0-4 St Thomas 0-2

Darragh Burke slots over a 65 from a tight angle.

7Mins

Ballyhale 1-4 St Thomas 0-3

Bernard Burke with a score after a good move.

7Mins

Conor Cooney is playing centre-forward for St Thomas. He’ll have quite the battle with Michael Fennelly today.

9Mins

Yellow card for Darren Mullen, who checked the run of Damien McGlynn as he chased a ball into the square. Conor Cooney will take it…

12Mins

Ballyhale 1-5 St Thomas 1-3

Adrian Mullen puts Ballyhale two in front.

13Mins

Ballyhale 1-6 St Thomas 1-3

TJ Reid taps over a close-range free.

14Mins

Ballyhale 1-6 St Thomas 1-4

Burke sends over a free from in front of the posts.

16Mins

Ballyhale 1-6 St Thomas 1-5

McGlynn gets his point awarded after hawk-eye is consulted. Excellent response by the Galway champions to the Ballyhale goal.

19Mins

Ballyhale 1-6 St Thomas 1-6

St Thomas are level after a brilliant strike by James Regan.

 

20Mins

Ballyhale 1-7 St Thomas 1-6

A long ball into the area sees Colin Fennelly strike it over the bar with the goal at his mercy.

Flag 22Mins

GOAL! A brilliant deft touch from Colin Fennelly into the St Thomas net.

25Mins

Ballyhale 2-7 St Thomas 1-7

Burke with another free for St Thomas.

27Mins

Ballyhale 2-8 St Thomas 1-7

TJ Reid feeds Evan Shefflin for a good Ballyhale score.

28Mins

Ballyhale 2-9 St Thomas 1-7

Reid adds a score from play. He’s starting to get into the game now. 

29Mins

Ballyhale 2-10 St Thomas 1-8

Darragh Burke (free) and Brian Cody trade scores before the break.

30Mins

Ballyhale 2-10 St Thomas 1-8 – HT

34Mins

Ballyhale 2-10 St Thomas 1-9

Darragh Burke opens up the scoring in the half for St Thomas.

34Mins

Ballyhale 2-11 St Thomas 1-9

Eoin Cody is set-up by Colin Fennelly for a score.

37Mins

Ballyhale 2-12 St Thomas 1-9

Reid drills over a free.

38Mins

Ballyhale 2-14 St Thomas 1-9

Reid sets up Ronan Mullen for a score and Brian Cody adds another.

38Mins

Ballyhale 2-15 St Thomas 1-9

Fennelly takes his chance with his second point from play.

39Mins

St Thomas sub: Mark Caulfield replaces the injured Fintan Burke.

39Mins

Ballyhale sub: Eoin Reid is replaced by Mark Aylward.

40Mins

Looks like a knee injury for Fintan Burke. Play has been stopped for the last few minutes as he receives treatment on the field. He returns to action at full-back with a heavily bandaged knee.

46Mins

Ballyhale 2-16 St Thomas 1-9

Brian Cody adds another for Shamrocks. Darragh Burke is fouled as he races through on goals and Cooney’s 21m strike on goal is saved by Dean Mason.

46Mins

Ballyhale 2-16 St Thomas 1-10

Good score from Brendan Farrell for St Thomas.

46Mins

Ballyhale 2-17 St Thomas 1-10

Another from Adrian Mullen and Richie Reid.

46Mins

Ballyhale 2-19 St Thomas 1-10

Colin Fennelly with the latest for Ballyhale and they are coasting to victory now.

46Mins

Fintan Burke is eventually forced off with injury and he’s replaced by Mark Caulfield.

52Mins

Ballyhale 2-21 St Thomas 1-10

Colin Fennelly intercepts a puck-out and slots over, before Mullen adds a brace.

52Mins

Ballyhale 2-23 St Thomas 1-10

Ronan Corcoran fires over one from midfield. 

53Mins

Ballyhale 2-23 St Thomas 1-11

Burke sends over a free for the Galway side. Croke Park is fairly quiet now with the result already decided.

54Mins

Ballyhale 2-24 St Thomas 1-11

Aylward is fouled and Reid applies the finish from a free in front of the posts.

59Mins

Ballyhale 2-25 St Thomas 1-11

Gerald Murray makes a good save from a Ballyhale goal chance but Reid adds a free.

60Mins

Eight minutes of stoppage-time will be played.

64Mins

Ballyhale 2-27 St Thomas 1-11

Reid and Aylward add a score apiece.

65Mins

Ballyhale 2-28 St Thomas 2-11

Reid adds another after a nice dummy.

66Mins

Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-28 St Thomas 2-11 – FT

67Mins

It’s a record seventh All-Ireland club hurling title for Ballyhale Shamrocks and one that moves them three titles clear of Birr and Portumna roll of honour. They are the undisputed kings of club hurling.

67Mins

So it’s an All-Ireland title for Henry Shefflin at the end of his first campaign as a manager. 

Colin Fennelly’s 2-4 deservedly claims man-of-the-match while Adrian Mullen was brilliant with 0-5 from play. 

Thanks for joining us.

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