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Kilmacud Crokes end Ballyboden's reign as All-Ireland senior club football champions

Dublin All-Ireland winner Paul Mannion scored the crucial goal for the winners.

Paul Mannion netted a decisive first half goal for Kilmacud Crokes.
Paul Mannion netted a decisive first half goal for Kilmacud Crokes.

KILMACUD CROKES HAVE ended the reign of Ballyboden St Enda’s as AIB All-Ireland senior club football champions.

Crokes knocked out Ballyboden at the round 2 stage in Dublin this afternoon, winning by 1-14 to 0-9 at Parnell Park, with county star and All-Ireland medallist Paul Mannion netting a crucial first half goal.

Crokes, who last won the Dublin title in 2010, join Lucan Sarsfields and St Judes in the last eight.

Former Dublin star Mark Vaughan was in superb form for Crokes, kicking eight points on the day in an exhibition of free-taking.

It was Vaughan who got the show on the road for Crokes with the opening score of the game but in a nip and tuck first half, Mannion’s goal five minutes before half-time proved valuable.

At half-time, Crokes were just a point clear, 1-4 to 0-6, but the sides were level 12 minutes after the break when Barra McGarry’s point for ‘Boden levelled matters.

That would prove to be their final score, however, as Crokes took over to kick the remaining eight points of the game without reply.

Scores from Cillian O’Shea, Vaughan, Mannion, Andy McGowan, Vaughan again, Aidan Jones and two more from that man Vaughan wrapped up a famous win for Crokes.

Former dual star Conal Keaney shot three points for Ballyboden but their reign as Dublin, Leinster and All-Ireland champions is at an end.

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