More clinical finishing from Galway and Connacht champions Corofin saw them overcome London’s champions Tir Chonaill Gaels by a margin of seven points at Ruislip on Sunday. This sees the London champs bow out of this season’s All Ireland club competition.
The contest was close, especially in a tight and low scoring first half that saw only three points scored. It was only Martin Farragher’s late point that gave Corofin a lead of 0-2 to 0-1 to take in at the break. A strong start to the second half allowed the visiting Galway team to open up their lead to three points in a matter of minutes and once this had happened, it always looked like a very difficult task for Barney Breen’s team.
Tir Chonaill Gaels drew level at 0-1 all with Cathal O’Neill’s first half point but this remained the team’s solitary score until Eoin O’Neill’s free near the end of the match.
Tir Chonaill Gaels were always the overwhelming underdogs going into this match but they acquitted themselves well against highly rated opposition that they were not overawed or outclassed by.
Brian Collins and Philip Butler were especially impressive in TCG’s defence while Declan Traynor pulled off many impressive saves between the sticks. Mark Gottsche and Aaron Bradley had a tough midfield battle Corofin’s Daithi Burke and Ronan Steede. Luke Kavanagh, Joe Feeney and Cathal McGee pushed so hard for a breakthrough that they just couldn’t find.