Corofin (@1.2) vs Ballintubber (@5.0)
10-11-2019

Our Prediction:

Corofin will win

Corofin – Ballintubber Match Prediction | 10-11-2019 09:00

His haul of 1-1 with only three touches of the ball made up the four-point winning margin in the end, as his team closed out the contest in the final fifteen minutes. Just as he did in 2014, it was 2018 All-Star Ian Burke that broke our hearts again today after being introduced in the second half. The handles of the Shane McGettigan Cup were never within closer reach than they were today, but in the end it was the almighty Corofin that edged this one out today with a superior second half performance.

This green flag from the young man from Ballintubber left us leading 1-5 to 1-2 at the break, as Connacht Senior Football glory began to appear on the horizon. Alan Plunkett levelled the game with a point before Brian Walsh fed Jamsie Finnerty who fired home a low shot off the post and into the net from a tight angle.

With Kevin Johnsons men putting huge pressure on the Corofin restarts, the North Galway side struggled to win possession from their own kickouts. It was the household names of Cillian OConnor and Alan Dillon which struck over the opening two points before Corofins Colin Brady pointed their first. We then found our-selves three-points in front when Cillian OConnor and Jason Gibbons pointed from distance.

Connacht SFC Final

Were enjoying it at the moment and taking every game, but you can look back in years to come and see what youve done. The clubs a funny one, it comes in cycles. Were very lucky and privileged at the moment, and were very aware of that, where we are at the moment its hard to stay at that level consistently.

Corofin no doubt realise this, and they will arrive at MacHale Park ready to face a defensive team. Diarmuid O'Connor will be hugely important in this game plan, and he will need to produce yet another stellar performance to give his team any chance. The Mayo side will likely sit deep and attempt to hit their opponents on the break.

The formidable combinationof midfield maestros Stevie Broderick and Jason Gibbons will be aiming to drive the team from the middle, and of course the experience of county stalwart Alan Dillon combined with his relentless workrate will mean that Ballintubber, having effectively dispatchedSt. Brigids of Roscommon in a thrilling display two weeks ago should have nolack of self-beliefwhen taking to the field on Sunday, despite Corofins status as favourites. The three OConnor brothers Padraig, Diarmuid and Cillian will be looking to replicate the sharp-shooting form of previous games, with roving Ruaidhri in the half back-line.

A season which climaxed on a mild Octobers evening with our sweetest and hardest-fought County Final victory has come to a close yet again at the hands of one of the finest football teams ever seen west of the river Shannon. In reflection, with a rub of the green in the second half we could have snatched this one, but it simply wasnt to be.

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It remains to be seen whether Corofins confidence off the back of such a run of emphatic victorieswill trump Ballintubbers battle-hardened run to the final, but were sure as hell looking forward to finding out. The Galway side meanwhile are fresh from a35-point annihilation of Leitrims plucky Aughawillan, with Galway senior Michael Lundy finding the net three times. This comes off the back of decisive rather one-sided wins in Galway versus Milltown and Salthill-Knocknacarra.

Ballintubber are bidding to win their first ever Connacht Club Championship against the more experiencedCorofin, themselves five-time provincial and one-time All-Ireland winners It promises to be an intriguing encounter with Ballintubber showing fine form over their last few games and a calm, clinical confidence that belies their inexperience at this level. The club Championship Connacht final between Ballintubber (Mayo) and Corofin (Galway) throws in at 2pm this Sunday the 23rd Novemberin Elverys MacHale Park.

Corofin: B Power; C Silke, K Fitzgerald, L Silke; K Molloy, Michael Farragher, D Wall; D Burke, R Steede; Ciaran Brady, J Leonard, Colin Brady; G Sice, M Lundy, Martin Farragher.

There was some consolation for Aughawillan when a high ball into the heart of Ballintubbers defence broke for Ciaran Gilheany who finished from close range but the outcome do this contest was never in doubt as Ballintubber now contemplate the huge challenge that Corofin will present as they bid to win their first ever Connaught title at the expense of the reigning provincial and All-Ireland champions.