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Corofin Will Face Dr Crokes In 2019 All-Ireland Senior Club Final

The 2019 All-Ireland senior club football final will see defending champions, Corofin, put their title on the line against Dr Crokes next month.

Both sides qualified for the St. Patrick’s Day decider with wins over Gaoth Dobhair and Mullinalaghta respectively, following two action-packed games that displayed everything fans love about Gaelic football.

Saturday’s action got underway in Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada as Donegal champions Gaoth Dobhair and Galway’s Corofin met half-way in Carrick-on-Shannon to play out a game that in the build-up was marred by tragedy following the deaths of four young men from the county including club player, Mícheál Roarty.

When the action got underway, the game was excellent from start to finish with both teams attacking at pace and looking to hurt the opposition.

Corofin hit a purple patch ten minutes into the first where they reeled off 1-2 without reply with their goal coming from the man of the match, Gary Sice.

The Galway men looked to have seized control of the match, however, Gaoth Dobhair cam roaring back with a goal of their own through the evergreen Kevin Cassidy who at the ripe old age of 37 ran Corofin ragged all afternoon.

Cassidy’s goal didn’t come without controversy, however, as corner back Christopher McFadden seemed to take an enormous amount of steps in the build-up before the big full-forward finished.

As the game inched towards half-time Gaoth Dobhair pegged it back to one point before Martin Farragher scored 1-1 in the closing minutes to put Corofin ahead at half-time 2-7 to 1-5.

Farragher’s goal was scored following a slick catch and lay-off from All-Star, Ian Burke, who showed off his trademark hand speed to send the wing forward through, proving why he has become one of the best score makers in the game today.

Corofin continued to chip away at the scoreboard, keeping the Donegal men at arms reach, however, Gaoth Dobhair kept battling throughout and an inspirational score from Cassidy in the closing minutes brought them to within two points.

Despite their efforts, it wasn’t to be for the Donegal men as Corofin showed why they are All-Ireland champions seeing out the game with the last three scores in a manner that would only be seen by a team who had been in that position before.

Corofin came out on top on a scoreline of 2-13 to 1-12.

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The second semi-final took place in Semple Stadium as Longford minnows, Mullinalaghta travelled to Tipperary to take on 2017 champions, Dr Crokes.

The Kerry champions went into the game as huge favourites given their pedigree, however, the Leinster champions were not to be overlooked following their famous victory over Kilmacud Crokes in the provincial decider.

Whilst it was the Munster side who played the better football, it was the Leinster side who looked like they were going to defy the odds once more as first-half goals from Gary Rogers and Jayson Matthews had them leading with seven minutes to go until the half.

It went from bad to worse for the Kerry men who had Johnny Buckley sent off for an off the ball incident that the cameras never actually picked up.

Despite the setback, Pat O’Shea’s charges scored six of the last seven points of the half to lead at the break.

The Longford men put up a spirited fight, but the second half was one-way traffic as Crokes dominated proceedings wit Tony Brosnan and Kieran O’Leary on fire for the Kerry men.

Dr Crokes came out on top by five points, in the end, to qualify for the final on a scoreline for 0-18 to 2-7

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The results mean that fans can look forward to an All-Ireland final on St. Patrick’s Day that pins the country’s two best teams together.

The 2017 champions take on the 2018 champions for the right to be crowned 2019 champions.

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Both sides have shown over the last couple of years that football doesn’t need to be played in an overly defensive way and that if you have your cards in order at the back then you can play with that bit of freedom up front.

The decider in Croke Park is sure to be a titanic battle.

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