Lundy shines as champions Corofin score impressive win
Corofin 1-17 Mohill 0-7
A Leitrim team has never won the Connacht club championship since it started 48 years ago and that's not going to change this season as All-Ireland champions Corofin, as expected, encountered few problems in this quarter-final at Tuam Stadium.
Stephen Rochford's men have just won their third Galway title in a row and are now looking at winning a seventh Connacht crown and also retaining their third All-Ireland success.
They are, as Mohill manager Padraic Davis admitted, fairly big fish and he has no doubts about where they sit in the overall scheme of things.
"Corofin are a top side and like any All-Ireland club champions they would hold their own in Division 4 of the league," said Davis.
That's the division where Leitrim play and where the Longford team that Davis served for years has just being promoted from. Any wonder then that he was full of praise for the way his men kept battling away and prevented a massive rout when it was clear the game was gone from them.
"We were disappointed with our first half but I'm proud the way they never threw in the towel," he added.
Corofin, despite being without county star Gary Sice, Galway hurler Daithi Burke and wing-forward Dylan Wall, were never in trouble yesterday.
Their intention was clear when captain Michael Farragher opted to play against the strong wind and it took just 11 seconds for Michael Lundy to shoot the opening score.
Lundy was superb in the opening half when there was a game to be won. He jinked in for four points and was busy setting up plenty of more scores.
Ian Burke, who scored 1-3 when introduced in the county final win but who was only called up when the injured trio weren't risked yesterday, kicked three from play in the opening half as Corofin led 0-10 to 0-2 at the break.
Burke and Lundy then sent captain Farragher through for a goal seven minutes after the restart and you feared for Mohill.
But county final hero Ronan Kennedy took his tally to three points and Leitrim minor Keith Beirne, destined for a soccer career with Longford Town, landed three frees as they battled to the end.
Scorers - Corofin: Michael Farragher 1-2; J Leonard 0-4 (4f), M Lundy 0-4; I Burke 0-3; S Monaghan 0-2; R Steede & C Cunningham 0-1 each. Mohill: K Beirne 0-3 (3f), R Kennedy 0-3; D Flynn 0-1.
Corofin - T Healy; P Kelly, K Fitzgerald, C Silke; C McGrath, A Burke, L Silke; C Cunningham, R Steede; M Lundy, Michael Farragher, J Leonard; Martin Farragher, S Monaghan, I Burke. Subs: C Daly for A Burke (50), P Madden for Martin Farragher (42), J Canney for L Silke (42), J Burke for Monaghan (47).
Mohill - D Scollan; J Mitchell, A Armstrong, C Kennedy; O Madden, R Gallagher, M McGuinness; D Flynn, D McLoughlin; D Gordon, P Tighe, S Quinn; A McLoughlin, R Kennedy, K Beirne. Subs: K Keegan for Mitchell (26), R Gordon for Tighe (42), A Tuthill for D Gordon (49), N Conboy for C Kennedy (52).
Ref - P Neilan (Roscommon)
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