Galway Senior Football Championship final
Corofin 0-16 1-06 Tuam Stars, Tuam FT
Match report to follow
Two heavy-weights of Galway club football go head to head at Tuam Stadium this Sunday in the delayed Senior Football Championship final. Last year’s losing finalists Corofin face neighbours Tuam Stars who play in their first final since 1995 (Throw in, 3pm)
Corofin, since the early nineties, have been the team to beat year on year while Tuam dominated the 50’s and the late 80’s. But a barren patch lasting twenty years followed and since their 1989 triumph the Stars has only seen one more victory, in 1994, and their last final appearance was a year later.
That final was won by Corofin and along with five more in the same decade and another five were added between the years 2000 and 2009. The Yellow and Green have appeared in four out of the last five finals, losing last year’s contest to Padraic Joyce’s Killererin side.
Tuam have got to this final the hard way. First they faced a long delay before their quarter-final with Mountbellew/Moylough, which subsequently went to a replay.
This was followed by yet another replay in the semi-final against Salthill/Knocknacarra but although it will mean five games in five weeks Alan Glynn’s men hit this final in superb form and this is where the Stars have the edge.
Corofin haven’t played a game in four weeks since their semi-final win over Milltown and so it remains to be seen if a month off is the best preparation for a county final.
An interesting development during the week was the movement of the game from Galway City’s traffic-clogging Pearse stadium to Tuam stadium, which is traditionally seen as the spiritual home of Galway football. Both clubs were eager to change the venue and now a bumper crowd is expected on the day.
The bookmakers have installed Corofin as hot favourites for this tie and they have the knowledge and expertise needed to win county finals but Tuam Stars have shown, throughout the championship, little regard for the favourites tag and come full-time the town might just be celebrating their 26th Galway football club title.