Derry’s Glen have exacted their revenge for last year’s final result by beating Dublin’s Kilmacud Crokes 1-14 to 2-10 in the All-Ireland Senior Club Football semi-final.
A foggy Pairc Esler was the venue for the rematch of last season’s decider, with Glen coming out on top despite a large resurgence from the reigning champs.
The Derry men dominated the majority of the game, leading 0-9 to 0-4 at half-time. But the final quarter saw the Dubliners fight back, with the sides level by the end of ordinary time after a goal from Hugh Kenny.
Thick fog plagued the game at Pairc Esler. Photo: Inpho
Added time was drama-filled, as Glen netted to put them back four in front, but still catching their breath, Shane Walsh gave Crokes’ reply at the other end of the field.
However, Glen’s one-point lead remained to the final whistle, seeing them through by the finest of margins.
They’ll now meet St Brigid’s after the Roscommon club beat Cork’s Castlehaven 1-11 to 0-10.
The game at Semple Stadium went ahead despite slightly frosty conditions, unlike fixtures in other parts of the country which were called off due to poor conditions.
A strong opening half from the Roscommon men, including a goal from Brian Derwin in the 11th minute, saw them 1-7 to 0-6 to the good at the break.
Although the Cork champions fought back after the restart, aided by Brian Hurley’s cool head over the placed ball, it wasn’t enough to see them make up the deficit.
The final will be played in Croke Park on Sunday, January 21st.