Saturday 17 August 2019

Club football round-up: Corofin and Slaughtneil secure back-to-back provincial titles

26 November 2017; Corofin captain Ciaran McGrath lifts the cup following the AIB Connacht GAA Football Senior Club Championship Final match between Corofin and Castlebar Mitchels at Tuam Stadium in Tuam, Galway. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
26 November 2017; Corofin captain Ciaran McGrath lifts the cup following the AIB Connacht GAA Football Senior Club Championship Final match between Corofin and Castlebar Mitchels at Tuam Stadium in Tuam, Galway. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Corofin won their third Connacht title in four years after outlasting Castlebar Mitchels in an extra time slugfest.

The Galway side - All-Ireland champions in 2015 - beat Castlebar after extra time in the provincial series for the second straight year after edging them at the semi-final stage in 2016.

The Mayo champions struck the game's first blow after Aidan Walsh palmed to the net three minutes in following a pass from Cian Costello.

However, it was Corofin who finished the half the stronger, taking a four point lead into the break (2-4 to 0-3) after goals from Colin Brady and Michael Lundy.

The Galway kingpins controlled most of the second half but a flurry of late scores from Castlebar culminated in David Stenson kicking a free to take the game into extra time after the score finished 2-7 to 1-10.

However just like last year, Corofin were too strong in the additional period, with scores from Gary Sice and Jason Leonard helping them to a record eighth Connacht crown (2-13 to 1-12).

In Ulster, Slaughtneil matched Corofin in securing their third provincial title in four years after they saw off Cavan Gaels 1-15 to 0-10 in the Ulster football final.

The Derry side held a 0-7 to 0-4 lead at half time but Shane McGuigan soon extended their advantage to six points with a goal, with Slaughtneil ultimately running out eight point winners.

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Corofin will meet the winner of the Leinster final between Moorefield and St Loman's in the All-Ireland semi-final while Slaughtneil will face Nemo Rangers in the final four.

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