Thursday 21 November 2019

Corofin's pace and power too much for Slaughtneil as they claim second All-Ireland title

AIB All-Ireland club SFC final Corofin (Galway) 1-14 Slaughtneil (Derry) 0-7

17 March 2015; Miche?l Lundy, Corofin, celebrates scoring a first half point beside a dejected Brendan Rodgers, Slaughtneil.
17 March 2015; Miche?l Lundy, Corofin, celebrates scoring a first half point beside a dejected Brendan Rodgers, Slaughtneil.
17 March 2015; Martin Farragher, Corofin, in action against Francis McEldowney, Slaughtneil.
17 March 2015; Greg Higgins, Corofin, in action against Ronan Bradley, Slaughtneil.
17 March 2015; Patsy Bradley, Slaughtneil., in action against Cathal Silke, Corofin.
17 March 2015; Patsy Bradley, Slaughtneil., in action against Cathal Silke, Corofin.
17 March 2015; Padraig Cassidy, Slaughtneil, is tackled by Alan Burke, Corofin.
Martin Farragher, Corofin, celebrates scoring his side's first goal past as Brendan Rogers, Slaughtneil, lies dejectedly on the ground.
Micheal Lundy, Corofin, shoots to score a point despite the challenge of Christopher McKaigue, Slaughtneil.
Micheal Lundy, Corofin, shoots to score a point despite the challenge of Christopher McKaigue, Slaughtneil.
Michael Farragher, Corofin, in action against Patsy Bradley Slaughtneil. AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final, Corofin, Co. Galway v Slaughtneil, Co. Derry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
17 March 2015; Ronan Steede, Corofin, in action against Conan Cassidy, Slaughtneil.
Ronan Steede, Corofin, is tackled by Cormac O'Doherty, Slaughtneil. AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final, Corofin, Co. Galway v Slaughtneil, Co. Derry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
17 March 2015; Martin Farragher, Corofin, celebrates scoring his side's first goal past as Brendan Rogers, Slaughtneil, lies dejectedly on the ground.
17 March 2015; Gary Sice, Corofin, in action against P?draig Kelly, Slaughtneil. AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final, Corofin, Co Galway, v Slaughtneil, Co Derry. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
17 March 2015; Martin Farragher, Corofin, scores his side's first goal past Slaughtneil goalkeeper Antoin McMullan.
17 March 2015; Micheal Lundy, Corofin, scores his side's first goal of the game despite the challenge of Christopher McKaigue, Slaughtneil. AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final, Corofin v Slaughtneil, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
17 March 2015; Micheal Lundy, Corofin, scores his side's first goal of the game despite the challenge of Christopher McKaigue, Slaughtneil. AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final, Corofin v Slaughtneil, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
17 March 2015; Michael Farragher, Corofin, in action against Barry McGuigan, Slaughtneil. AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final, Corofin v Slaughtneil, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
17 March 2015; Christopher Bradley, Slaughtneil, is tackled by Liam Silke, Corofin. AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final, Corofin, Co. Galway v Slaughtneil, Co. Derry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
17 March 2015; Daithi Burke, Corofin, in action against Karl McKaigue, Slaughtneil. AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final, Corofin, Co. Galway v Slaughtneil, Co. Derry, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
17 March 2015; Ian Burke, Corofin, in action against Antoin McMullan, Slaughtneil. AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final, Corofin v Slaughtneil, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
17 March 2015; Micheal Lundy, Corofin, in action against Brendan Rodgers, Slaughtneil. AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final, Corofin v Slaughtneil, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Galway kingpins Corofin eased to a second All-Ireland title with a comprehensive dismal of Derry side Slaughtneil in Croke Park.

The Connacht men were superior from pillar to post and hardly had to get out of second gear to see off a Slaughtneil side that failed to reproduce the form that had brought them to St Patrick’s day.

As with the hurling final, the winners had most of the hard work done by the short whistle.

By the time David Coldrick brought the opening 30 minutes to a close, the Galway men had opened up an eight point lead.

There was little sign of that in the opening quarter, after which Corofin led by 0-4 to 0-2 but the Connacht champions took charge from there.

First Antoin McMullan pulled off a fine save from Daithi Burke but Corofin still managed to manufacture a point from the move through Micheal Lundy in what was his third point in as many minutes.

The Galway men were motoring now and would outscore Slaughtneil by 1-4 to a point in the run to half time. The major came about after a point attempt dropped dangerously in the area and was well gathered by Gary Sice who fed Martin Farragher. The corner forward made no mistake from close range.

The points flowed through Liam Silke, Gary Delaney and Sice while Slaughtneil could only muster a reply through Gerald Bradley.

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Corofin might have put themselves completely out of sight before the break but McMullan made another good save to deny Farragher a second goal. 

Slaughtneil needed a bright start to the second half and while they scored first, normal service was soon resumed with Corofin completely on top.

A handful of Sice frees ensured Slaughtneil wouldn’t build any momentum and a miserable day for Mickey Moran’s men was capped when Cormac O’Doherty missed an injury time penalty.

SCORERS - Corofin: G Sice 0-5 (4f), M Lundy 0-3, Martin Farragher 1-0, Michael Farragher, L Silke (1f), I Burke, G Delaney, J Canney, R Steede 0-1 each

Slaughtneil: G Bradley 0-3, P Bradley (1f), C Bradley (1f), P Kelly (1f), C McKaigue 0-1 each.

Corofin: T Healy; C McGrath, K Fitzgerald, C Silke; G Higgins, A Burke, L Silke; D Burke, R Steede; G Sice, Michael Farragher, G Delaney; Martin Farragher, M Lundy, I Burke SUBS: D Wall for Martin Farragher (50), J Burke for Steede (55), M Comer for C Silke, C Cunningham for Higgins (both 56), J Canney for I Burke, K Murphy for Delaney (both 58).

Slaughtneil: A McMullan; Francis McEldowney, B Rodgers, K McKaigue; C Cassidy, C McKaigue, B McGuigan; Patsy Bradley, P McGuigan; P Kelly, C Bradley, R Bradley; G Bradley, Paul Bradley, C O’Doherty SUBS: P Cassidy for Kelly, P McNeill for C Cassidy, S McGuigan for R Bradley (all 44), Fergal McEldowney for C Bradley, S Kelly for P McGuigan (both 51), P Kearney for B McGuigan (56)

Ref: D Coldrick (Meath)

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