Kicking style key for Corofin
By Michael Devlin
Corofin retained the All-Ireland club title last month, and they did it by dismantling another exponent of silky football, Dr Crokes of Killarney, with a sumptuous display of intelligence and style.
The speed and timing with which they move the ball, the perpetual movement among the forwards, an uncanny ability to always be aware of the space and colleagues around them, it was all there as Corofin punched holes in Dr Crokes’ defence during a 2-16 to 0-10 victory.
Kieran Molloy is a chief protagonist for the accomplished Galway outfit. The energetic wing-back perfectly embodies Corofin’s approach.
“Getting the head up, looking for the long pass, and if the long pass isn’t on, then you give it sideways,” was the simple summation given by Molloy as he collected the award for AIB GAA Club Footballer of the Year at a ceremony in Croke Park on Saturday.
“Always getting the kick pass in and just taking the simple score and giving it to the lad in the best position, that’s what I feel is the Corofin way.
“It’s been drilled into me from when you’re a young lad, kicking and going again, always supporting the lad who gets the ball and trying to get on it again. It definitely comes from underage. From age six, seven, eight, it’s always drilled into us, kick the ball, and get the basic skills down. Everything else will develop once you have the basic skills down.”
That St Patrick’s Day victory makes it three All-Ireland titles in five years for the Galway club, and Molloy believes that continued success at the very top level will continue to boost an already burgeoning Corofin juvenile system.
“It’s definitely big for the kids. We have probably 150 kids training down there on a Sunday morning in Belclare in Corofin, and for them to see that the senior players are succeeding, it’s a great motivation to keep going.
“My mother was there constantly when I was younger bringing me round from matches to matches and back to training and everywhere. It’s great for them.”
That great campaign now behind them, many Galway fans will be looking forward to the Corofin contingent being integrated into Kevin Walsh’s county setup.
Molloy, along with 2018 All-Star Ian Burke and Liam Silke, featured for Walsh’s charges at different stages during the recent Allianz Football League Division One campaign.
However, it may not simply be a case of transplanting the Corofin style on to the inter-county stage. Under Kevin Walsh's stewardship the Tribesmen have impressed in the Connacht Championship delivering two titles, climbed up the league into higher spots of Division One, and last year they contested their first All-Ireland semi-final since 2001.
The 20-year-old is looking forward to bringing his own particular set of talents into the county squad ahead of the summer.
“Yeah it’s definitely a different set-up and definitely a different outlook, but you always try to bring your own cards to the table, to try to do what you can.”