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'It's Not All About Winning Underage. It's About Building Players And People'

'It's Not All About Winning Underage. It's About Building Players And People'

Corofin put on notice anyone who thought their historic third All-Ireland title in a row would bring some complacency to the club.

In Group 4A of the Galway SFC at Pearse Stadium on Sunday, they wracked up a massive 7-17 against All-Ireland intermediate champions Oughterard. Their opponents managed 0-11 in reply.

Corofin led 2-8 to 0-7 at the break with the goals coming from Dylan Wall and Michael Farragher.

More followed in the second half from Michael Lundy, Liam Silke, Darragh Silke, Jason Leonard and Matthew Cooley.

That relentlessness is borne from knowing that there is always someone in the Corofin panel who wants your jersey.

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"It's a massive panel and there's always two or three coming through every year," Man of the Match Darragh Silke told TG4.

That's a credit to the lads, they're constantly integrating younger players. Even myself, this is my fourth year on the panel and I'm under pressure for a place. It's constantly keeping standards up and you know there's always someone there to take your jersey if you take your foot off the gas for even a second.

Kieran Fitzgerald retired at 39-years-of-age. If he was comfortable in his jersey, he wouldn't have been playing for so long.

It's just a seamless transition into the first time. It's the same style of football the whole way through. Everyone would have heard about Frank Morris by now. He's just [about] left foot, right foot, every single player. It's about the basic skills, it's not all about winning at underage. I would never have won much at underage myself. It's about building players and people.

Corofin manager Kevin O'Brien added: "It's important that lads have the freedom to go and express themselves - that be a corner-back or corner-forward. Everyone is entitled to attack but they're asked to defend as well. The roles are reversed when the opposition have the ball."

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