Durcan an All-Ireland club winner with Ballyboden

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Donegal All-Star goalkeeper Paul Durcan is now an All-Ireland Club Championship winning goalkeeper following Ballyboden St Enda’s All-Ireland club triumph on St Patrick’s Day.

The Dublin champions defeated the Mayo and Connacht champions Castlebar Mitchels, in the Croke Park final.

Durcan, a Donegal championship winner with Four Masters in 2003, turned in a top quality performance between the Ballyboden St Enda’s posts with his kickouts out of the top drawer. He also made one brilliant one handed save to deny Castlebar a much needed goal early in the second half.

Ballyboden St Enda’s ran out comfortable 2-14 to 0-7 winners in one of the most one-sided finals of all time.

“It is brilliant and I am very grateful to Ballyboden St Enda’s for giving me the opportunity to play with them and for being so flexible giving my situation working abroad,” said Durcan.

“It has been a great experience and I have got to know a lot of people. It was hard to leave my own club and I have to be thankful to them as well. They have been so good to me down the years.”

Durcan is now based and working in Qatar and did the eight-hour commute for all but one of Ballyboden St Enda’s championship games in their run to the All-Ireland final. One of his work colleagues in Qatar is his 2012 All-Ireland winning team mate Ryan Bradley from Buncrana.

Paul (pictured) was due back at his desk in Qatar, this morning (Monday) and next up is a decision on his Donegal career and whether he is set to return to the Donegal squad for this summer’s championship.

He had put the decision on his future in the green and gold jersey off until after the All-Ireland Club final and it is understood he is due to discuss the matter with Donegal manager Rory Gallagher in the next week or so.