Saturday 22 July 2017

Gary Sice: Frankie Dolan 'embarrassed himself' with pre-match comments

Sice: “If you told me at the start of the year that we would have beaten both Castlebar and Brigid’s, we’d have taken that.” Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Sice: “If you told me at the start of the year that we would have beaten both Castlebar and Brigid’s, we’d have taken that.” Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Corofin stalwart Gary Sice made no secret of his delight at handing out some retribution to St Brigid's in Carrick-on-Shannon, revealing that the Roscommon champions had been "hanging over us for a long time".

Brigid's beat Corofin in Connacht clashes in 2006 and 2011, and the Galway men also went down to Castlebar Mitchels in last year's provincial decider.

And Sice wasn't hiding his delight at turning the tables on their rivals.

"If you told me at the start of the year that we would have beaten both Castlebar and Brigid's, we'd have taken that," said the 32-year-old.

"It's just nice to perform on the big day. The red and green - that was enough. These guys have been hanging over us for a long time."

Corofin matched the biggest winning margin in a Connacht club SFC final last Sunday as the 2015 All-Ireland champions followed in the footsteps of Mayo's Knockmore who handed out a 4-10 to 0-8 hammering to Leitrim's Sean O'Heslin's in 1973.

Sice revealed that the Galway kingpins had been riled by some of the St Brigid's comments in the build-up to Sunday's decider.

"There was an awful lot of talk in the papers," said. "I think (St Brigid's joint-manager) Frankie (Dolan) embarrassed himself during the week. He said that it really didn't matter what we did, they were better than us.

Quieter

"I hope he's slightly quieter this evening going home than he was during the week.

"We didn't perform the last time in Kiltoom. Now they know what we're about."

And Sice believes that Kevin O'Brien's charge are now well equipped to negotiate the gap until their All-Ireland semi-final with Dr Crokes of Killarney in February.

"We played Kilmacud and Gall's and got tripped up twice before," he said. "We either went too hard or didn't go hard enough.

"But Roch (Stephen Rochford) brought in a great way of doing things, and we've a great management team at the moment."

All six Corofin forwards scored from play last Sunday, with midfielder Ronan Steede hailing them as "unstoppable"

"We have quality forwards and once we get the ball in there they are unstoppable," he said.

"We just take it one game at a time, the victory over St Brigid's was game eight on a journey, and game nine next."

"It is an amazing win but we have a league final next weekend and we will enjoy it and look forward to that."

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