Friday 20 July 2018

Corofin crowned champions after sensational attacking display blows Nemo Rangers away

Corofin 2-19 Nemo Rangers 0-10

17 March 2018: Corofin celebrate after the AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final match between Corofin and Nemo Rangers at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
17 March 2018: Corofin celebrate after the AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final match between Corofin and Nemo Rangers at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Daragh Small

Corofin won their third All-Ireland final as Gary Sice starred and they got the better of Nemo Rangers at Croke Park.

The north Galway outfit claimed the Andy Merrigan Cup in 1998 and 2015 but this was Kevin O’Brien’s first All-Ireland title as manager.

And Martin Farragher, who was sent-off in the All-Ireland semi-final victory over Moorefield, scored six points from play.

Corofin did their damage in the first-half where they scored 1-5 without reply between the 12th and 20th minutes.

They were 2-9 to 0-5 ahead at half-time after they dominated the first-half and played some brilliant football despite the difficult conditions with the strong cross-field wind.

Sice and Michael Farragher both found the net for the Connacht champions, and they were killer blows at crucial times in the first-half.

Sice put Corofin ahead after four minutes and just three minutes later he finished low to the Nemo Rangers net.

Luke Connolly didn’t score Nemo’s first point until the tenth minute and although that reduced the arrears to a goal they didn’t score again until the 21st minute.

Corofin scored points through Jason Leonard, Dylan Wall, Martin Farragher, Micheal Lundy and Sice before Daithi Burke’s hand pass put Michael Farragher through on goal, and he made it 2-6 to 0-1.

Connolly score twice more before half-time while Paddy Gumley and Paul Kerrigan added to Nemo’s tally. But Corofin were 2-9 to 0-5 in front at the interval.

Nemo needed to start strong in the second-half but their chances faded rapidly when Martin Farragher tapped over two points.

Corofin excelled further in the closing stages and Daithi Burke, who won an All-Ireland with the Galway hurlers in Croke Park last September, added two points in another brilliant victory for them.

COROFIN: B Power; C Silke, L Silke, K Fitzgerald; C McGrath, D Wall (0-2), K Molloy; D Burke (0-2), R Steede; M Lundy (0-1), G Sice (1-4, 0-2f), J Leonard (0-1); Michael Farragher (1-1), Martin Farragher (0-5), I Burke (0-2).

Subs used: C Cunningham for Molloy (46 mins), Colin Brady for Lundy (49), B O’Donovan for Leonard (56), D McHugh for C Silke (56), Ciarán Brady for Burke (59), D Canney for Martin Farragher (62).

NEMO RANGERS: M A Martin; A Cronin, A O’Reilly, K O’Donovan; T Ó Sé, S Cronin, K Fulignati; A O’Donovan, J Horgan; B O’Driscoll, P Kerrigan (0-1), C O’Brien; P Gumley (0-1), L Connolly (0-5, 0-3f), C Dalton.

Subs used: C Hogan for Ó Sé (38 mins), J O’Donovan for J Horgan (38), M Dorgan for Gumley (38), C Kiely for Dalton (48), C O’Shea (0-1) for Fulignati (53).

Referee: David Gough (Meath).

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