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Six Quickfire Conclusions As Corofin Retain All-Ireland Crown

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Corofin 2-16

Dr Crokes 0-10

Corofin are All-Ireland club champions for the second year running following a comprehensive victory over Dr Crokes in Croke Park this afternoon.

The match-up was highly anticipated given that both teams shared the last two All-Ireland titles as well as the manner in which they qualified for this final.

However, the game failed to live up to its pre-match hype as two first-half goals from Jason Leonard and Gary Sice sent Corofin on the road to a relatively comfortable win in the end.

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The win marks Corofin’s second in a row and third in five years which puts them in that bracket alongside the Crossmaglen’s of this world as Gaelic footballing dynasty.

There is plenty to dissect following their win, but here is our quickfire conclusions following Corofin’s win in the All-Ireland senior football club final.

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Corofin Make Handpassing Great Again

Anybody who is thinking of endorsing rules that restricts teams to a limited number of handpasses really wants to take a look at this Corofin side.

The speed and timing with which they move the ball is scintillating to watch. They are a short passing, running team, but that by no means they are boring (a tag often associated with running teams), they are one of the most enjoyable teams to watch in the country, period.

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Kieran Molloy Is Some Sort Of Hybrid Half-Back

Quite possibly the most famous footballer in Ireland at this stage, such is his rockstar look and the fact that he’s a made a few headlines due to various fixture scandals (none of which his fault).

It’s literally impossible to watch the Galway man such is his ability to ghost all over the field. He wears number five and lines out at right half-back but the man shows up in all corners of the pitch. His ability to ghost into attacking positions led to him setting up Jason Leonard’s goal and his incredible catch and run a few minutes later led to another score.

An unstoppable force.

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Gary Sice Is An Underrated Genius

1-7 in the hard-fought semi-final win over Gaoth Dobhair and another goal on the biggest of days today. Sice has been knocking around for years and is one of the silkiest footballers to ever grace the field.

Such is his current form, Ian Burke comes in for a lot of praise within this Corofin forward line, but Sice is the beating hard of it.

An underrated genius.

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Daithi Burke Can (Big) Ball

A man of the match performance from the hurling star. A lynchpin in Galway’s All-Ireland success in 2017, Burke was a driving force at midfield for his club football side today.

A rock of a man. Did somebody say dual star?

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Corofin Are The Best Team In Ireland

It was billed as the meeting of the two best teams in the country. The 2017 champions versus the 2018 champions.

If anyone doubted that Corofin are the current kings of club football, those doubts will have been put to bed this afternoon with their route of Dr Crokes.

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Should Colm Cooper Have Started?

Cooper has been on the bench all season for Dr Crokes. We don’t get see what goes on behind closed doors and there is no doubting that Crokes have some classy forwards.

However, when you have the best player of a generation in your side do you really keep him on the bench?

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