Corofin issue statement of intent with whopping 28-point Connacht semi-final win over Clann na Gael
Corofin 4-22 Clann na Gael 0-7
As statements of intent go, Corofin could hardly have been more emphatic. The reigning All-Ireland winners had this game done inside the first 20 minutes, after which it amounted to little more than a training session for the six-in-a row Galway champions.
Corofin started the game without All Star Ian Burke and midfielder Daithi Burke, who had travelled to Australia with the Galway hurlers, but were still much too strong for the Roscommon champions.
Colin Brady had the ball in the net after four minutes. And by the time Jason Leonard grabbed his fifth of the half on 22 minutes, Corofin led by 1-8 to 0-2.
As impressive as Corofin were, Clann na nGael weren’t doing much to help themselves. Three disastrous minutes in the run up to half time saw Donie Shine pick up a black card, concede a goal that was entirely preventable while Ultan Harney also saw red. By half time, Corofin led 2-10 to 0-3 against 14 men and would have the breeze at their backs in the second half.
It didn’t seem like it could get much worse for the home side but it did. Scarcely 40 seconds into the second half, man of the match Leonard raced clear of the cover to bag his side’s third goal. He’d raise another green flag when he palmed to the net after a sweeping team move as Corofin ran their bench and turned their thoughts firmly to their Connacht final clash with Mayo champions Ballintubber.
SCORERS – Corofin: J Leonard 2-6 (3f 1 45), M Lundy 1-3, C Brady 1-1, D Canney, D Wall, D Silke, G Sice (1f) 0-2 each, L Silke, R Steede, Martin Farragher, Mike Farragher 0-1 each.
Clann na Gael: D Shine 0-2 (2f), E Kenny, C Shine, C Callinan, C Lennon (1f), J Dunning 0-1 each.
Corofin: B Power; C Silke, K Fitzgerald, L Silke; K Molloy, D McHugh, D Wall; C Brady, R Steede; G Sice, Mike Farragher, J Leonard; Martin Farragher, C Brady, M Lundy SUBS: C Cunningham for Wall (33), D Canny for Brady (35), D Silke for Sice (41), G Burke for L Silke (49), B O’Donovan for Mike Farragher (53), C McGrath for McHugh (55).
Clann na nGael: R O’Reilly; D Pettit, S Flynn, R Gavin; D Connaughton, G Pettit, S Pettit; U Harney, C Shine; C McManus, D Shine, E Kenny; D McManus, C Lennon, J Fahy SUBS: M Scally for D McManus (24), C Callinan for Shine (BC 28), J Dunning for Fahy, D Sumner for C McManus (both HT), D Duff for Gavin (36), N Connaughton for Kenny (49)
Referee: J Henry (Mayo).