Corofin player ratings

Bernard Power – Cool, calm and collected right throughout the game. Kickouts were flawless, while making two brilliant saves. Showed great awareness to prevent a stray handpass from going into the net in the final minute of extra time.

Cathal Silke – Spent most of the game on the front foot running into the Kilcoo half to try to help break down the mass defence. Was rewarded with a fine point just before half time. Kept the youngest of the Johnston brothers scoreless.

Kieran Fitzgerald – seemed to spend more time inside the opposition ’45 than his own, defended very well when needed. At the age of 39, he lasted the full game and extra time without any issues.

Liam Silke – Just like his brother in the other corner, he kept one of the Johnston brothers scoreless while driving forward whenever possible. Also popped up with a point in extra time before being replaced with cramp late on.

Kieran Molloy – fine display, helped prevent Kilcoo from winning most of their own kickouts. Replaced in the second half with a shoulder injury, but was reintroduced late in extra time to help see out the match.

Dylan Wall – Shipped some huge hits and got a fine point before being replaced early in the second half due to a hip injury.

Colin Brady – Marked the third Johnston brother Ryan, tracked him very well, matching his runs and never losing him. Played well before being substituted late on.

Dathai Burke – the fodder to Ronan Steede’s cannon. Burke helped break more than his share of ball and ran his socks off to help give and make space for Steede.

Ronan Steede – Man of the match with three vital points, Corofin’s first score after 24 minutes, the first score of the second half and the first of extra time. Controlled the game around the middle of the park with his wide range of passing.

Gary Sice – Frees were perfect as usual and worked himself to the ground. One of many to win his fourth club medal. Showed his drive, determination and fitness to last the full game and extra time.

Michael Farrgher – Played further in than usual and didn’t see much ball thanks to Kilcoo’s blanket defence. Somehow managed to see red late in normal time for two very harsh yellows.

Jason Leonard – Happy to play the waiting game. Never forces a pass and always an option thanks to his work rate. Always appears to be the most relaxed man on the pitch.

Ian Burke – Played a deeper role than usual, but was more than happy to put in the work. Worked extremely hard before being replaced late in the game. Came back out to start extra time.

Martin Farragher – Like his brother, he didn’t see much of the ball because of the blanket defence. Made up for it in extra time with an involvement in pretty much every score.

Michael Lundy – Captain with a huge work rate in every game. Constantly buzzing around the pitch helping out in defence before re-joining the attack.

Substitutes – Conor Cunningham and Dylan Canney made the biggest impressions from the bench with Canney scoring a fine point and helping set Cunningham up for the killer goal. Dylan Mchugh, and Ciaran McGrath made a good impression when entering from the bench and the introduction of U20’s Gavin Burke, Darragh Silke, Ross Mahon and Conor Newell shows the future has every chance of being just as bright as the present for Corofin.

 

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