Connacht SFC: Leonard leads champions Corofin to crushing Clann win
Forward scores 2-6 in 27-point victory for All-Ireland holders at Dr Hyde Park
Corofin’s Jason Leonard scores one of his two goals in the Connacht Club SFC semi-final against Clann na nGael at Dr Hyde Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho
Corofin (Galway) 4-22 Clann na nGael (Roscommon) 0-7
Corofin ran riot against Clann na nGael, running out 27-point winners in a ridiculously one-sided Connacht senior club football semi-final at Dr Hyde Park.
Both clubs have 15 provincial titles between them, but it was Corofin who emphatically displayed their undisputed superiority this decade with a superb team performance from pillar to post.
The reigning All-Ireland champions, liberated from the defensive conundrums they have had to face in eking out a sixth Galway championship in succession recently, were irresistible, with man-of-the-match Jason Leonard helping himself to 2-6 over the hour.
For Clann na nGael, it made for painful viewing, and their cause wasn’t helped by the loss of Donie Shine to a black card after 30 minutes, followed quickly by the dismissal of midfielder Ultan Harney on a straight red shortly afterwards.
A brace of Shine frees kept Clann na nGael in the game early on but Corofin, aided by the energy provided by Dylan Wall and Kieran Molloy from their wing-back berths, soon put significant daylight between the sides.
Four points in succession from Leonard were followed by further scores from Brady, Michael Lundy and Wall (two). Then, in the 29th minute, Mike Farragher’s effort for a point was held up in the wind. Molloy chased what seemed like a lost cause, gathered and squared the ball unselfishly for Lundy to net his side’s second goal.
Leading by 2-10 to 0-3 at the break, the one-way traffic continued in the second half as Corofin toyed with a Clann side bereft of any confidence. Leonard emphatically crashed the ball to the net to banish any hopes of a Clann revival soon after the restart.
The same player finished off a brilliant team move for Corofin’s fourth goal in the 46th minute as Kevin O’Brien’s side set up a Connacht final meeting against Mayo champions Ballintubber in a fortnight.
COROFIN: B Power; C Silke, K Fitzgerald, L Silke (0-1); K Molloy, D McHugh, D Wall (0-2); C Brady, R Steede (0-1); M Lundy (1-3), J Leonard (2-6, three frees, one 45), Mike Farragher (0-1); Martin Farragher (0-1), C Brady (1-1), G Sice (0-2, one free).
Subs: C Cunningham for Wall (33 mins), D Canney (0-2) for Brady (35), D Silke (0-2) for Sice (42), G Burke for C Silke (49), B O’Donovan for Farragher (53), C McGrath for McHugh (55).
CLANN NA nGAEL: R O’Reilly; R Gavin, D Pettit, S Pettit; G Pettit, S Flynn, D Connaughton; U Harney, C Shine (0-1); C McManus, D Shine (0-2, two frees), E Kenny (0-1); D McManus, C Lennon (0-1, one free), J Fahy.
Subs: M Scally for D McManus (25 mins), C Callinan (0-1) for Shine (b/c, 30), D Sumner for Fahy (h/t), J Dunning (0-1) for C McManus (h/t), D Duff for Gavin (36), N Connaughton for Kenny (49).
Referee: J Henry (Mayo).