There was joy for Paul Durcan in Croke Park today, as he helped Ballyboden St Enda’s get past Castlebar Mitchels and land the coveted Andy Merrigan Cup.
Durcan – who transferred to the Dublin club from Four Masters last year – travelled from Qatar for the game and played a huge role for his team.
Ballyboden made a blistering start and goals from Colm Basquel and Andrew Kerin (penalty) put them into the ascendancy. Durcan pulled off a stunning save from Castlebar’s Neil Lydon and his side led by 2-5 to 0-3 at the break.
The Dublin club closed the game out in the second half with some brilliant defending and won on a scoreline of 2-14 to 0-7.
Durcan’s cousin Robbie McDaid also had an impressive game for the victors, as did Dublin star Michael Darragh Macauley, whose late father Michael hailed from Lettermacaward.
After a fine showing in GAA headquarters, Donegal fans will hope that Durcan will return home in the summer and don the number one jersey for his county.
DONEGAL manager Rory Gallagher has admitted that goalkeeper Paul Durcan may have played his last game for the county.