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Corofin were in a different class

Wednesday, 20th March, 2019 12:01pm

Story by Billy Coss
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Corofin were in a different class

Joint captains McGrath and Lundy raise the Andy Merrigan Cup.

Corofin were in a different class

Joint captains McGrath and Lundy raise the Andy Merrigan Cup.

THE footballers of Corofin took a giant step towards sporting immortality on St Patrick’s Day as joint-captains Micheál Lundy and Ciaran McGrath ascended the steps of the Hogan Stand and joined a roll call of multiple winners of club football’s biggest prize.

In putting Dr Crokes to the sword by 12 points, Corofin joined UCD (1974-75), St Finbarr’s from Cork (1979-80) and Crossmaglen Rangers (1999-00 & 2011-12) on an exclusive list that have successfully retained the Andy Merrigan Cup during its 48-year history.

All the talk in the build-up was of who would blink first, the reigning champions or their predecessors in 2017 from Killarney, the last side to defeat them in championship football.

What unfolded was a footballing masterclass from Kevin O’Brien’s side as they tore Crokes to shreds, pounced for Jason Leonard and Gary Sice goals in a dominant first half that also saw Crokes reduced to 14 men with the dismissal of their captain John Payne.

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