Preview: Connacht Club SFC Final
Sunday November 26
AIB Connacht Club SFC Final
Corofin (Galway) v Castlebar Mitchels (Mayo), Tuam Stadium, 2pm
For the past half decade Corofin and Castlebar Mitchels start every campaign knowing that an All Ireland title is a realistic and attainable target.
Very few clubs in the country can commence with such legitimate ambitions, but their respective records in Galway and Mayo confirm Corofin and Castlebar Mitchels' class.
Corofin completed a five in a row in Galway, the Mitchels have won the last three Championships in Mayo.
Consistent and clinical, they have an interesting recent rivarly on the Connacht stage too. Last year at the provincial semi-final stage Corofin eventually shook off Mitchels' resistance following extra-time.
In 2013 and 2015, though, Castlebar twice defeated Corofin at Tuam Stadium so the Mayo club are a serious outfit.
Mohill and Tourlestrane were spirited against Mitchels, who still advanced to this decider following a couple of hard earned wins.
Paddy Durcan and Barry Moran are the marquee names in the Mitchels panel, but Rory Byrne, Donie Newcombe, Danny Kirby, Neil Douglas, and David Stenson are talented performers.
Three time hurling All Star Daithi Burke came off the bench to net the decisive goal for Corofin against St Brigid's.
That was a compelling contest, while Bernard Power, Kieran Fitzgerald, Ciaran McGrath, Michael Farragher, Dylan Wall, Gary Sice, and Ian Burke continue to serve the Corofin cause with distinction.
This game could go the distance.