Club SFC final: Slaughtneil v Dr Crokes

Kerry's Dr Crokes and Slaughtneil of Derry go head-to-head in the club football final

Eamon Donoghue Fri, Mar 17
LIVE: Club SFC final: Slaughtneil v Dr Crokes

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  • Hello and Welcome... it's already been a very Happy St Patrick's day for Cuala. Their 2-19 to 1-10 win over Ballyea means they are the first Dublin team to ever win the club hurling title!

    Now it's Dr Crokes and Slaughtneil competing for the football title.
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  • All-Ireland senior club hurling final:  Ballyea (Clare) 1-10 Cuala 2-19

    All-Ireland club football final:  Dr Crokes (Kerry) v Slaughtneil (Derry), 5.0, Croke Park

  • "It depends whether you place more store by defensive or attacking orientations – the unmoveable obstacle or the unstoppable force – but the team for whom scoring comes more easily always appears the better bet."

    Read Sean Moran's preview in full here. He fancies the Kerry champions. And I would agree

  • A fit again Eoin Brosnan is a major addition to the Crokes team having missed the semi-final through injury. I expect them to have too much quality for Slaughtneil in the open spaces of Croke Park!
  • Pre-match parade is completed. And Maurice Deegan has thrown the ball in. GAME ON
  • Dr Crokes 0-0 Slaughtneil 0-0 (1') Derry win the throw in but their first attack ends with a poor wide
  • Dr Crokes 0-0 Slaughtneil 0-1 (3') Shane McGuigan opens the scoring with the first point of the game after a sharp counter attack
  • Dr Crokes 0-1 Slaughtneil 0-2 (5') Chris Bradley doubles the early lead before Brian Looney gets Crokes underway with a point from the left hand side
  • Dr Crokes 0-2 Slaughtneil 0-2 (5') Colm Cooper's first point of the game from a free. Before Johnny Buckley makes his second eye-catching mark  
  • Slaughtneil are causing Crokes problems when they run at them, but early on they are being bossed in the possession stakes
  • Gavin White makes a massive run through the heart of the Slaughtneil defence but his low shot is inches wide of the left post
  • Dr Crokes 0-3 Slaughtneil 0-2 (11') Daithi Casey slots a free for his first point of the game
  • GOAL!!
  • Dr Crokes 0-3 Slaughtneil 1-2 (12') Padriag Cassidy bursts off the shoulder, cuts back in to the left, and rolls it under the 'keeper
  • Dr Crokes 0-3 Slaughtneil 1-3 (15') Another point for Chris Bradley, his second. He's been lively. A very competitive affair early on
  • GOALL FOR THE GOOCH! Game changer!
  • Dr Crokes 1-3 Slaughtneil 1-4 (21') Massive run by Casey, he loses control but does so well to dive out and slap the ball to Colm Cooper. Who, cool as you like, slots it into the corner
  • Dr Crokes 1-4 Slaughtneil 1-4 (22') Casey is leading the charge for Crokes. After setting up the goal, he grabs the equaliser
  • Dr Crokes 1-4 Slaughtneil 1-5 (25') Up from corner back, Slaughtneil captain Francis McEldowney puts his team back in front again. His shot coming off the post, and dropping over the crossbar
  • Slaughtneil remain one point ahead, after they hit their sixth wide. Crokes have five of their own
  • Dr Crokes 1-5 Slaughtneil 1-5 (30') Brian Looney's second point on the half hour mark. From out on the wing. Level game
  • Three minutes of injuy time to be played
  • Dr Crokes 1-6 Slaughtneil 1-5 (31') Two in a row for Looney. Buckley continuing to rule the skies, he gets another impressive mark
  • RED CARD. Padraig Cassidy sent off for striking Kieran O'Leary
  • HT  Dr Crokes 1-6 Slaughtneil 1-5 - Awful finish to the half for the Derry champions. They lose their lead and a man. Uphill task ahead of them now
  • Teams are back out for the second half. A kick passing team like Crokes would be expected to take advantage of the extra man. Slaughtneil certainly won't be folding though. An interesting half awaits
  • Cuala 1-6 Slaughtneil 1-5 (32') Crokes start strongly but still no score after two minutes of the second period
  • Four minutes in and still no score. Shane McGuigan made to reach for an over-the-top handpass, and by the time he gathers he is forced into overcarrying. When a goal chance was on

  • Dr Crokes 1-6 Slaughtneil 1-6 (38') Paul Bradley levels matters. Crokes looking a little flat
  • Dr Crokes 1-7 Slaughtneil 1-6 (39') Looney is fouled and Casey curls over the free. Crokes make two early changes, looking to inject some intensity
  • Slaughtneil playing a lot of keep ball here. Windy, wet conditions not helping either. Only two points, two frees, so far in the second half
  • Dr Crokes 1-8 Slaughtneil 1-6 (45') The first score from play after 15 minutes of the second half. Crokes two ahead
  • Substitute Michael Burns with that latest point for Crokes
  • Dr Crokes 1-9 Slaughtneil 1-6 (50') Another free. Kiely wins this one and Gooch converts it. A three point game now. Slaughtneil have the wind but their build up play is very slow and predictable
  • Dr Crokes 1-9 Slaughtneil 1-7 (53') Mehaul McGrath and Keelan Feeney on for Slaughtneil as Paul Bradley reduces the deficit to two with a free
  • A great free from 35m, floating it into the wind
  • Three minutes left, two point game. As Ambrose O'Donovan wins a key throw ball over Chrissy McKaigue. Crokes happy to play laterally and keep the ball
  • Dr Crokes 1-9 Slaughtneil 1-7 (60') Crokes have now held possession for the last two minutes
  • Three minutes of additional time to be played
  • Crokes are going back and forth, in and out. Playing down the clock
  • Almost four minutes of possession football ends with a free as Patsy Bradley pulls down Johnny Buckley. Picks up a yellow card for his troubles
  • Dr Crokes 1-9 Slaughtneil 1-7 (62') With 20 seconds left to play, Gooch hits the resultant free wide on his own side
  • One more attack
  • Ball turned over on the sideline though and that'll be that
  • Gooch comes out to takes it, and his pass is the last action of the game
  • FT  Dr Crokes 1-9 Slaughtneil 1-7 - Not the prettiest of wins. Not ideal when you see a Kerry team play keep ball like that for the final six minutes of an All-Ireland final. But winning is the name of the game. And after so many near misses that is what Crokes have done at last
  • The sending off was a crucial moment. Slaughtneil just didn't have it in the tank as that second half went on
  • So that's that.. a deserved and emotional win for Crokes. After Cuala made history in the hurling decider earlier on.  

    Thanks for joining us and be sure to stay tuned on the site for the match reports. Kerry versus Dublin tomorrow of course, lots of sporting action elsewhere this weekend but plenty of GAA to keep on top of also!