SUNDAY 17 MARCH
AIB Club SFC final
Corofin (Galway) v Dr Crokes (Kerry), Croke Park, 3.45pm
Live blog on RTÉ.ie and the RTÉ News Now App.
Live commentary from Brian Carthy and Martin McHugh on Sunday Sport, RTÉ Radio 1.
Highlights on Allianz League Sunday on RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player from 9.30pm.
Live coverage also available on GAAGO.
St Patrick’s Day looks set to be a cold and blustery day with sunny spells and passing showers, some with hail and thunder. Highest temperatures of 7 to 9 degrees in fresh and gusty west to northwest winds. For more go to met.ie.
Croke Park set for classy showdown
This is a final to relish and should be a lot closer than the sides semi-final meeting of two years ago when Crokes ran out comfortable winners. A month later they would go on to lift the ultimate prize.
Since that February day in 2017, Corofin have gone unbeaten and were masterful in demolishing Neno Rangers in last year’s decider. That was their third time to lift the Andy Merrigan Cup.
Their quest for a fourth title hasn’t all been plain sailing, with Mountbellew/Moylough taking them to a replay in the Galway final, while Ballintubber prove to be doughty opponents in the Connacht decider.
A month ago, Gary Sice was the hero with 1-07 as they accounted for Gaoth Dobhair in the semi-final.
Dr Crokes passage to GAA HQ has been a little smoother. They comfortably accounted for St Joseph’s Miltown Malbay back in November to claim a fifth provincial title. They then brought the curtain down on Mullinalaghta’s odyssey after a surviving a first-half scare at Semple Stadium.
The Killarney club overcome the concession of two first-half goals to give a masterclass in point-scoring as they closed out the game in their customary cool, calm and collected nature.
They now have their sights on a third All-Ireland title and will be boosted by the news that Johnny Buckley will be available after the red card he was shown the last day was rescinded.
Both teams possess many talented footballers, with the Farragher brothers, All Star Ian Burke, Gary Sice and Michael Lundy leading the way for the westerners, while Fionn Fitzgerald, Tony Brosnan. Kieran O’Leary, Brian Looney and Gavin O’Shea will be expected to spearhead the Crokes’ charge.
Expect a high-scoring affair.
Fionn Fitzgerald on Corofin: “They are up there with Crossmaglen and all these All-Ireland kingpins over the last 20 years. They are always around the semi-final and finals and it should have the makings of a great game.”
Martin Farragher on Dr Crokes: It’s great that Johnny (Buckley) is playing. Because he such a big name player it’s great from a neutral perspective that the public will get to see him line out.
Crokes are a serious team. “They have some very good players such as Johnny Buckley, Micheal Burns, Gavin White. These are top, top players for Kerry and they’re leaders for their club.
“They have a very good underage structure there coming through so they’re constantly bringing through younger lads that have serious skill and they’ll be definitely hard to beat on Paddy’s Day.”