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Opportunity knocks!

Wednesday, 30th September, 2020 10:49am

Story by Billy Coss
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Opportunity knocks!

Mountbellew-Moylough's Leo Donnellan in action against Darragh Silke of Corofin in the county semi-final.

Opportunity knocks!

Mountbellew-Moylough's Leo Donnellan in action against Darragh Silke of Corofin in the county semi-final.

NOT since An Cheathrú Rua and Oranmore-Maree locked horns in 1996 have we witnessed a more novel Galway Senior Football Championship final pairing. But following an unforgettable Sunday afternoon at Pearse Stadium, that's exactly what lies ahead after Mountbellew-Moylough and Moycullen recorded breakthrough wins of a very different kind.

 Mountbellew-Moylough have lived in Corofin's shadow in recent times but taking the scalp of the reigning Galway, Connacht and All-Ireland champions and ending their 49-match unbeaten streak is a significant achievement. If they can beat them, especially after suffering so often at their hands, they’ll rightfully feel they can beat anyone and bridge a 34-year gap to when they hoisted the Frank Fox for a fifth time. They are quite possibly peaking at exactly the right time, too.

 This Moycullen team, and club as a whole, are on a steep upward trajectory and their potent mix of wily veterans, prodigious underage talent as well as a sprinkling of new additions have carried them to the brink of the first title in their history. They truly arrived in Salthill last weekend, overcoming a Tuam Stars team that had dumped them out at the same stage of the competition last year. It will be only be their second decider after losing out to Corofin in 1977.

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