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After two thrilling semi-finals, the Galway football final features Moycullen and Mountbellew/Moylough. Moycullen are out to win their first Championship and their form this year gives them every chance. But, Mountbellew/Moylough are the favourites following their win over club football giants Corofin last weekend.
In the second of last weekend’s semi-finals, Mountbellew/Moylough put in a performance they won’t soon forget. Corofin entered the game on the back of a 49 game unbeaten run in the Championship. Having lost to Corofin in the 2015, ’17, and ’18 finals, Mountbellew/Moylough had added incentive for this game.
Corofin were up by the minimum at half-time. Then, Mountbellew/Moylough were spurred into action with a goal from Patrick Kelly in the 34th minute. The teams entered the final quarter of the game deadlocked at 1-08 to 0-11. This is when Val Daly’s team really kicked on. A goal from Paul Donnellan was the major input as they scored 1-05 to Corofin’s single point.
Michael Daly and Eoin Finnerty were particularly brilliant for Mountbellew/Moylough, the latter racking up 6 points from play. In spite of missing John Daly through injury, Mountbellew/Moylough were hugely impressive in all areas of the pitch. As a result, they inflicted Corofin’s first defeat in the Galway SFC since 2012. A win this weekend would be the club’s first championship since 1986.
— Cian O'Connell (@oconnc62) September 27, 2020
Previously, Maigh Cuilinn earned their place in the final by overcoming Tuam Stars in the first semi-final. Former Roscommon footballer, Don Connellan, has successfully steered Maigh Cuilinn to their first final since 1977.
Maigh Cuilinn came out of the gates firing. In the first five minutes, they had raised two green flags thanks to Owen Gallagher and Dessie Conneely. They continued this form to half-time and were up by seven at the interval.
Last year’s runners-up showed their drive by reeling back this deficit. It began with a Gavan Connell goal 2 minutes after the restart. In fact, by the time the game entered its final ten minutes, the sides were level.
Then, Paul Kelly found the net for Maigh Cuilinn’s third goal. It proved to be a decisive moment as they went on to score 4 points in a row in the final minutes. In the end, it was 3-14 to 1-15.
Both teams carry a great run of form into this final. Mountbellew/Moylough will be particularly buoyed by their semi-final win. But, Maigh Cuilinn have an opportunity to win their first Galway SFC final. They will take refuge in the fact that they have already beaten their final opponents this year. In their final group game, Maigh Cuilinn were victorious by a score of 4-14 to 1-09.
Paddy Power have Mountbellew/Moylough at 8/11 favourites. On the other hand, Maigh Cuillin are 6/4 and a draw is 13/2. Galwaygaa.ie are live streaming the game.
2020 Galway Senior Championship Final.
Maigh Cuilinn v Mountbellew-Moylough.
Sunday 4th October. Pearse Stadium, 4pm
— CLG Maigh Cuilinn (@maighcuilinn) September 27, 2020
Paths to the Final.
Round 1: Maigh Cuilinn 3-12 vs 1-06 Mícheal Breathnach.
Mountbellew/Moylough 1-07 vs 0-08 Annaghdown.
Round 2: Maigh Cuilinn 4-09 vs 2-14 Annaghdown.
Mountbellew/Moylough 0-22 vs 2-07 Mícheal Breathnach.
Round 3: Maigh Cuilinn 4-14 vs 1-09 Mountbellew/Moylough.
Quarter-finals: Maigh Cuilinn 1-17 vs 2-09 St. James’.
Mountbellew/Moylough 2-13 vs 1-05 Kilannin.
Semi-finals: Maigh Cuilinn 3-14 vs 1-15 Tuam Stars.
Mountbellew/Moylough 2-13 vs 0-12 Corofin.