Claregalway face championship favourites Corofin in replay

Claregalway and Corofin will meet again this Saturday (6.15pm ) in the replay of their county senior quarter-final.

The sides drew 0-11 apiece three weeks ago and it will be interesting to see which side has learnt more from that game and can push on into the county semi-final. Salthill and Milltown have already qualified for the last four.

Claregalway are managed by Eoin O’Donnellan this season and his side scored the last two points in the drawn game with wing-back Conor Glynn coming from deep to score the equaliser.

They had sterling performances from county minor player Sean Moran, Adrian Faherty and Barry Cullinane, who dominated midfield. There were also good displays in defence from Stevie Cunniffe, Conor Costello and David Heaney.

If Moran, who had to go off injured last Sunday in the defeat to Dublin, is unavailable, he will be a big loss. His strong running and link play is a big plus for his side.

Corofin will look to county player Greg Higgins to break even around the middle against Cullinane’s aerial power and hope that players like Gary Sice, Damien Burke, Michael Comer and Kieran McGrath will pick up the breaking ball. Padriag Kelly and Kieran Fitzgerald have shown great leadership for Corofin in the past few games and that needs to continue and their example followed by others on Saturday if the championship favourites are to advance.

Corofin have not been going well this year and their supporters will head to Tuam Stadium hoping to see an improvement in performance, particularly from their forward division.

The draw for the county intermediate semi-finals took place recently and those games are fixed for the weekend after next - September 11.

Oughterard will face Carna-Caiseal (Pearse Stadium ) and Kilconly will take on Monivea-Abbey (Tuam Stadium ).


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