Charlestown’s hopes of landing a second provincial title this decade were dashed in fairly emphatic fashion on their own turf at Fr O’Hara Park this afternoon. Defending champions Corofin hit the Sarsfields with a goal after just three minutes and although the Mayo champions were still only that goal in arrears at half-time, they couldn’t live with the Galway lads in the second half and ended up losing heavily, on a final scoreline of 2-14 to 0-7. The ever dependable Colm Gannon’s early doors match report from Fr O’Hara Park is here.
Corofin’s win today made it their fifth provincial title, which means that they now trail the all-time Connacht kingpins – Roscommon’s Clan na nGael (who, incidentally, haven’t won Connacht for ten years) – by two. Today’s win also means that clubs from Galway have now claimed 14 provincial crowns, compared to 13 from Mayo. (All of these fascinating facts come courtesy of Wikipedia – which has already been updated to take account of today’s result).
Corofin will now head into the Chrimbo dreaming their dreams about a possible second All-Ireland club title next spring. Next up for them will be Antrim’s St Gall’s who showed a clean pair of heels to Derry’s The Loup in today’s Ulster final and the Northerners will undoubtedly prove a stiff challenge for the Galway lads in the penultimate round. However, the fact that they went close enough last time out – they were beaten by eventual winners Kilmacud-Crokes in the All-Ireland semi-final back in February – will surely stand to Corofin when battle recommences on the club scene early next year.