Connacht club SFC: Corofin take fourth provincial crown

November 24, 2008
Corofin 0-11 Eastern Harps 0-6 Corofin captured their fourth Connacht senior football championship club title after overcoming Sligo opposition Eastern Harps by five points yesterday at Pearse Stadium. After taking in a five-point lead at the interval, the Galway champions were first to open the scoring at the restart through the resourceful Gary Sice and from there they never looked back. It was 'Man of the Match' Alan Burke who opened the scoring for Corofin before Aidan Donnellan and Sice tagged on singles to give their side a 0-3 to 0-0 lead after the opening 10 minutes of play. Alan O'Donovan pushed the winners lead to four, and it was 23 minutes before the Yeats men were off the mark through a Ray Hannon free. Joe Canney hit Corofin's reply before O'Donovan closed out the half at 0-6 to 0-1 with his second white flag. Sice was quick to put forward his side's intent early on in the game's resumption, which was met with a Paul Taylor free after three minutes. O'Donovan was successful with another free after that and when Jason Killen struck for a brace of points from the right corner Corofin's charge towards the Shane McGettigan Cup looked to be safe. Taylor cut the deficit down to seven heading towards the final quarter for the Harps, but it was the Galway kingpins that could have killed the game off soon after had one of O'Donovan's goal chances hit the net, after hitting both posts and being denied by Brendan McHugh in the Harps' goal. Late on, Keith Carty and Kevin Cryan found their range for the trailers with well-struck points, after Corofin had closed their scoring through Canney, but by that stage the title safely nestled with the side from the Tribesmen county.

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