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Benny Coulter's controversial first half goal was crucial to Down's win against Kildare on Sunday.

Down 1-16 Kildare 1-14 - Down ride their luck to make the All Ireland Final

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Benny Coulter's controversial first half goal was crucial to Down's win against Kildare on Sunday.

Down defeated Kildare at Croke Park on Sunday to advance to the All Ireland Final, where they will face Cork.

Down were more clinical in a game that will haunt Kildare for some time.  The Lilywhites had several opportunities at the end to secure a draw if not a win, but the woodwork denied them and now they are out.

To add insult to injury, Benny Coulter’s first half goal looked like a square ball but the referee let it stand, and the score was ultimately the momentum swing that Down used as a foundation for the win.

Down went into the break 1-9 to 0-7 and stretched their lead to 1-14 to 0-10, but Kildare scored a goal in the 58th minute and nearly staged a monumental comeback.

They hit the woodwork twice in the closing minutes but the rub of the green was with Down, who somehow held on to win.

Down are 5-0 in All Ireland Finals and will fancy their chances to maintain their unbeaten record as they know they can play better than today's performance would suggest. 

The woodwork, a bad referee decision and missed chances will make the men from Leinster rue this match for the rest of the year.

However, as the old adage goes , it is a results business, and today the result was in favor of the men from Down. 
 

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