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Castlebar Mitchells dethrone Corofin in thriller as Barry Moran stars

Will Corofin boss Stephen Rochford now take over Mayo?

Elish Mannion from Tuam tends to her stall.
Elish Mannion from Tuam tends to her stall.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

Castlebar Mitchels 2-10

Corofin 0-11

BARRY MORAN WAS the main man as Castlebar Mitchels defeated All-Ireland club champions Corofin in a thrilling Connacht club SFC decider at Tuam Stadium.

Moran and Neil Douglas bagged the goals for the Mayo outfit, who produced a dynamic display to secure provincial glory.

Intense and edgy, the opening period was packed with decent football as the teams eventually departed level at the break.

Though Corofin started brightly kicking delightful points courtesy of Kieran Fitzgerald and Martin Farragher Castlebar Mitchels replied reeling off 1-3 without reply.
Midfielder Barry Moran was instrumental grabbing a splendid ninth-minute goal following a sharp Danny Kirby assist.

Further scores from Neil Douglas and Moran nudged Castlebar four ahead, but Corofin summoned a response. Gary Sice converted two frees while Ronan Steede rifled over a sweet point from play as Castlebar’s lead was trimmed to 1-3 to 0-5.

It remained hotly contested as Castlebar were two in front as the interval approached, but Ian Burke and Martin Farragher kicked points to ensure Corofin levelled, 1-5 to 0-8.

Shane Hopkins celebrates scoring a point Shane Hopkins celebrates scoring a point. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

It was similarly fast and frenetic after the restart as Douglas and Dylan Wall swapped scores with Corofin boosted by the introduction of All Star hurler Daithi Burke.
Moran turned provider with a clever 45th-minute which enabled Douglas to drill a classy goal for Castlebar.

Corofin trailed 2-8 to 0-10 with 10 minutes remaining when Martin Farragher was sent off for a second bookable offence.

Scorers for Castlebar Mitchels: Neil Douglas 1-3 (1f), Barry Moran 1-2, Shane Hopkins 0-1, Richie Feeney 0-1, Neil Lydon 0-1, Stephen Keane 0-1, Eoghan O’Reilly 0-1 (f).

Scorers for Corofin: Martin Farragher 0-4 (2fs), Gary Sice 0-3 (3fs), Ian Burke 0-1, Ronan Steede 0-1, Kieran Fitzgerald 0-1, Dylan Wall 0-1.

Castlebar Mitchels:

1. Rory Byrne

2. Tom Cunniffe

4. Donie Newcombe

3 Alan Feeney

7 Ray O’Malley

6 Eoghan O’Reilly

5 Paddy Durcan

8 Ger McDonagh

9 Barry Moran

10 Shane Hopkins

11 Neil Lydon

13 Neil Douglas

18 Cian Costello

15 Danny Kirby

14 Richie Feeney

Subs:

12 Aidan Walsh for McDonagh (35 mins)

20 James Durcan for Costello (38 mins)

19 Fergal Durkin for Hopkins (44 mins)

17 Sean Conlon for Newcombe (46 mins)

24 Stephen Keane for Lydon (50 mins, black card)

21 Ronan Burke for Feeney (60 mins)

Corofin:

1 Tom Healy

7 Liam Silke

3 Kieran Fitzgerald

5 Ciaran McGrath

4 Conor Cunningham

2 Padraic Kelly

6 Alan Burke

20 Greg Higgins

9 Ronan Steede

10 Gary Sice

12 Michael Farragher

11 Dylan Wall

13 Martin Farragher

14 Micheal Lundy

15 Ian Burke

Subs:

8 Daithi Burke for Higgins (34 mins)

17 Cathal Silke for McGrath (46 mins)

18 Kieran Molloy for Cunningham (46 mins)

19 Jason Leonard for Lundy (55 mins, black card

Referee: Eamonn O’Grady (Leitrim).

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