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