Connacht club: Corofin overcome Castlerea

November 10, 2008
Corofin qualified for the Connacht club SFC final as they overcame Castlerea St. Kevin's of Roscommon in the semi-final. A late switch to Kiltoom from Dr. Hyde Park was certainly an excellent decision, as the pitch which recently held the Interprovincial semi-finals between Connacht and Leinster once again came up trumps. Corofin gave a strong attacking display in the second half to see off Roscommon champions Castlerea by 1-14 to 0-8 in an entertaining encounter. The former All-Ireland Club SFC Champions took the early initiative and held strong possession in the opening stage to take a 0-4 to 0-1 lead after 15 minutes. However Castlerea battled strongly with Ger Heneghan and Ronan Curran keeping them in touch to ensure the sides were level at 0-5 apiece at the break. Castlerea took the lead on the restart, but points for Corofin from all angles in the second half with 34-year old Trevor Burke giving an outstanding performance with Alan O'Donovan top-scoring with 1-3. Corofin - B Power; G Delaney, K Fitzgerald, K McGrath; M Comer, D Burke, A Burke 0-1; G Higgins 0-1, A Donnellan; G Sice 0-1, T Burke 0-1, D Hanley 0-4; J Canney 0-3, J Killeen, A O'Donovan 1-3. Subs - D Morris for T Burke, D Geoghegan for McGrath, S Monaghan for Canney. Castlerea/St Kevin's - G Claffey; N Collins, P Duignan, G Tiernan; N Curran, M Rafferty, D Flahive; M Killilea, J Duggan 0-2, C Dineen, N Dineen, S Heneghan 0-4; R Curran 0-1, E Kenny 0-1, G Heneghan. Subs - D Duggan for C Dineen, B Carty for R Curran, S Ryan for S Heneghan, B O'Regan for Carty. Ref - E O'Grady (Leitrim).

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