Dublin football final goes to replay

KILMACUD CROKES 1-10 ST. OLIVER PLUNKETTS/EOGHAN RUADH 0-13

KILMACUD CROKES 1-10 ST. OLIVER PLUNKETTS/EOGHAN RUADH 0-13

Kilmacud Crokes and St. Oliver Plunketts/Eoghan Ruadh must meet again at Parnell Park next Monday night at 7.30pm, following a thrilling draw at a rain-soaked Donnycarney tonight.

The sides were level on nine occasions during an end-to-end final.

Plunketts' quest for their first ever Dublin SFC success got off to a positive start before the throw-in with the news that Jason Sherlock had recovered from a leg injury, and secured a starting berth in the full-forward line.

In wet and windy conditions under the Parnell Park floodlights, the sides were level on four occasions during the opening half.

But the challengers had put in a more convincing first half display and were fully deserving of their 0-6 to 0-5 interval lead.

Corner back Rory O'Connor and former Offaly player Conor Evans gave impressive displays in defence, while up front four of Plunketts' six starting forwards were on target in the opening half-hour.

Dublin players Sherlock and Alan Brogan were joined on the scoresheet by Adrian Darcy and Garreth Smith (0-2), while midfielder David Matthews was also on target.

A wind-assisted Crokes misfired from all angles in the opening half, and had amassed eight wides before the interval.

Mark Vaughan was the scorer-in-chief as he kept the five-time champions in contention with three first half points.

However, Crokes upped their game on the restart, moving half-forward Niall Corkery to midfield, with Liam Og O'hEinneachain introduced to their attack.

And they equalised within two minutes of the restart thanks to a Mark Davoren score.

Bernard Brogan and defender Brian McGrath both swapped scores in a four-minute spell to ensure the sides were level for the sixth time.

But the loss of Plunketts defender Rory O'Connor through injury certainly hampered the Navan Road outfit's chances.

In the 39th minute, the Crokes' attack cut through Plunketts rearguard with ease for the first time, with Wexford's Adrian Morrissey kickstarting a good hand-passing movement.

The ball also filtered through O'hEinneachain and Davoren, before Pat Burke finished to the net for his third championship goal, to give Crokes a three-point lead.

But Kilmacud's joy was short-lived thanks to the good work of an industrious Plunkett's attack.

A point each from Alan Brogan, Ross McConnell and former Laois player David Sweeney ensured the sides were level for the seventh time, as the contest entered the final quarter.

Plunketts edged back in front thanks to a second point of the contest from the boot of Bernard Brogan, however his effort was cancelled out following a fourth Vaughan score.

Points from Paul Brogan and Sherlock propelled Plunketts into a two-point lead with seven minutes remaining, but a brace of Crokes scores from Davoren and goal scorer Burke, levelled the contest in the 55th minute.

Plunketts owned possession in the closing stages, but found it hard to convert it to scores.

Dermot Kelly's charges kicked three wides in final four minutes, and were even gifted a goal chance with 90 seconds remaining, but Garreth Smith's shot ricocheted off the crossbar.

The maroons continued to pile on the pressure in the closing minutes, but were unable to find the winning score, as the sides must meet again for a replay to decide the destination of Dublin title.

KILMACUD CROKES: D Nestor; K Nolan, P Griffin, N McGrath; B McGrath (0-1), C O'Sullivan, A Morrissey; D Magee (0-1, 1sl), P Duggan; R O'Carroll, P Burke (1-2), N Corkery; B Kavanagh, M Davoren (0-2), M Vaughan (0-4, 4f).

Subs used: L Og O'hEinneachain for Duggan (half-time), J Magee for O'hEinneachain (47 mins).

ST. OLIVER PLUNKETTS/EOGHAN RUADH: E Somerville; R O'Connor, C Evans, P Curtin; J Brogan, M Brides, T Browne; R McConnell (0-1), D Matthews (0-1); A Darcy (0-1), D Sweeney (0-1), A Brogan (0-2); J Sherlock (0-2), G Smith (0-2, 1f), B Brogan (0-2).

Subs used: S McGuinness for O'Connor (37 mins), P Brogan (0-1) for Darcy (41), N Murphy for Sweeney (56), K McDonnell for J Brogan (60).

Referee: Mick Bissett (Whitehall Colmcilles)

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