By Alan Dooley
NORMAL service resumed on Sunday in Salthill as Corofin secured an incredible sixth county title in-a-row with an efficient, if by no means sparkling performance. Dylan Wall struck an early goal that unravelled Mountbellew-Moylough’s defensive masterplan somewhat, crucially giving Corofin the upperhand tactically and, despite surviving the odd scare, Kevin O’Brien’s side were comfortable winners in the end.
It was perhaps fitting that the most apt eulogy came from Mountbellew-Moylough manager Michael Donnellan, a Corofin native who has more than his own fair share of medals from a distinguished playing career but was unsuccessful for the second year running in trying to plot his home club’s downfall from the sidelines.
“Hats off to Corofin again,” Donnellan stated. “They are incredible champions. Kieran Fitzgerald collecting his thirteenth county medal. How they have the hunger to keep going year in year out is just incredible. They are now going for three Connacht club titles in a row.
“As a Corofin man myself, I want to congratulate them wholeheartedly on their victory. There are no more superlatives left to describe Corofin, everyone knows what they are. So I want to congratulate them on their victory and I want to wish them all the best of luck for the rest of the championship and, with the help of God, they’ll be back in Croke Park next St. Patrick’s Day.”
Corofin were again far from their swashbuckling best going forward, they were never allowed to be in front of a meagre crowd of 3,080 on another calm and bright day at Pearse Stadium. Despite trailing by four after 20 minutes, Mountbellew-Moylough stuck to their defensive structure, allowing Corofin to play keep a monotonous brand of keep ball for large spells.
“I’m sure it wasn’t great to watch,” admitted Man of the Match Gary Sice afterwards. “But we don’t care. We are not in the business of entertainment. It was about winning today and thankfully we’ve done that. The goal opened up a huge gap for us and let us settle a bit more. We nearly got the second one, if that had gone it would have made things very comfortable altogether.
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