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The All-Ireland club champions have won their third consecutive county title

It was a ten-point victory for Stephen Rochford’s men.

Corofin's Kieron Molloy and Ciaran McGrath celebrate with the Frank Cox Cup.
Corofin's Kieron Molloy and Ciaran McGrath celebrate with the Frank Cox Cup.
Image: Mike Shaughnessy/INPHO

Corofin 3-13
Mountbellew-Moylough 0-12

ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS COROFIN claimed a third Galway SFC title in a row today, defeating Mountbellew-Moylough at Tuam Stadium.

Stephen Rochford’s efficient team just had too much class for a youthful and spirited Mountbellew-Moylough outfit.

Rochford, who remains the favourite to become the new Mayo manager, continues to claim silverware with Corofin, who were worthy winners out west. The standard-bearers pounced for two smashing goals inside a brilliant four-minute spell in the first-half.

Level at 0-4 each, Corofin struck a 19th-minute major when Gary Sice’s quick free found Ronan Steede, who burst through to rattle the Mountbellew-Moylough net.

Eoin Finnerty replied with a point for Mountbellew-Moylough, but Corofin responded with another goal in the 22nd minute. Sice and Liam Silke were involved in the build-up, with Martin Farragher providing the sharp close-range finish as Corofin went in 2-6 to 0-8 ahead at the break.

Mountbellew-Moylough narrowed the gap after the restart as Cathal Kenny nailed two frees, but scores from substitute Ian Burke and Sice ensured Corofin led by four at the three-quarter mark.

Burke decorated Corofin’s triumph when palming home following excellent approach work from man-of-the-match Martin Farragher.

Ronan Steede and Colm Colleran Corofin's Ronan Steede is challenged by Colm Colleran of Mountbellow-Moylough. Source: Mike Shaughnessy/INPHO

Scorers for Corofin: Martin Farragher 1-4 (0-1f), Ian Burke 1-3, Ronan Steede 1-1, Micheal Lundy, Dylan Wall, Kevin Murphy, Gary Sice (f), Jason Leonard (f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Mountbellew-Moylough: Cathal Kenny 0-8 (0-7f), Barry McHugh 0-2, Eoin Finnerty, Brian Donnellan (f) 0-1 each.

Corofin

1. Thomas Healy

5. Ciaran McGrath
3. Kieran Fitzgerald
6. Alan Burke

2. Padraig Kelly
7. Liam Silke
18. Conor Cunningham

8. Daithi Burke
9. Ronan Steede

10. Gary Sice
12. Dylan Wall
15. Michael Farragher

14. Martin Farragher
11. Micheal Lundy
13. Jason Leonard

Subs

Ian Burke for Leonard (40)
Kieran Molloy for Cunningham (51)
Cathal Silke for Kelly (53)
Shane Monaghan for Wall (57)
Joe Canney for Martin Farragher (58)
Kevin Murphy for Sice (58)

Mountbellew-Moylough

1. Brian Donnellan

6. Colm Colleran
4. Cathal Duffy
3. David Hogan

7. Aaron McHugh
5. Colm Mannion
2. Gary Sweeney

8. Joe Bergin
9. Matthew Barrett

10. Stephen Boyle
11. Michael Daly
12. Paul Donnellan

13. Cathal Kenny
14. Eoin Finnerty
15. Barry McHugh

Subs

Alan Sweeney for Colleran (42)
Noel McDonagh for A McHugh (43)
Joseph Meehan for P Donnellan (56)
Sean Sweeney for Daly (56)
Damien McHugh for Hogan (59)

Referee: Shane Hehir

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