Corofin to edge battle with old adversaries St Brigid’s


From this week's Galway City Tribune

From this week's Galway City Tribune

Corofin to edge battle with old adversaries St Brigid’s Corofin to edge battle with old adversaries St Brigid’s

COROFIN renew another old rivalry on Sunday (Dr. Hyde Park (1:30pm)) when they take on Roscommon’s St. Brigid’s in the Connacht Senior Club Football Final.

It’s the fourth meeting between these clubs in a provincial decider with some memorable showdowns outside their respective counties.

Their first just was in 2006 when the Roscommon side emerged 1-10 to 3-3 victors, a game noted for eight cards and Corofin captain Alan O’Donovan controversially not started.

Five years later, they came together again in Kiltoom. Another fierce battle saw the hosts come out 0-11 to 0-10 winners.

The referee had to be safely escorted off the field while Corofin’s Mike Farragher looked to have a perfectly good goal ruled out. Current selector Brian Silke was manager that day, with Mike Comer on the field.

The following season, St. Brigid’s were Connacht champions again before going on to their greatest day, beating Ballymun Kickhams in the All-Ireland Final and claiming the Andy Merrigan Cup.

That was 11 years ago and the landscape west of the Shannon has altered significantly. The Kiltoom/Cam club have claimed six Roscommon crowns since but no more than that.

Corofin embarked on a seven-in-a-row Galway football journey before losing to Mountbellew/Moylough in 2020. They claimed five Connacht titles and four All-Irelands during that run. This is their first time back since

There was one more Connacht Final meeting, in 2016 when Corofin matched a 14-point winning record with a 2-13 to 0-5 win. St. Brigid’s Frankie Dolan talked up their chances beforehand; Jason Leonard and Mike Farragher replied with the goals.

Pictured: Corofin’s Dylan McHugh on the ball against Mikey Murray of Ballina in the Connacht Club Senior Football semi-final. The Galway champions face St Brigid’s of Roscommon in the provincial decider on Sunday.

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