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
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.
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)