Galway football aristocrats Corofin won their sixth provincial title with an awesome display against their star-studded Mayo rivals Ballintubber yesterday, running out victors in Castlebar by 2-13 to 1-7.
Ballintubber had chalked up 20 goals en route to the final, taking out the last two Connacht champions in the process, but Corofin, who had racked up 21 goals themselves delivered a display of skill and a work-rate that completely silenced the doubters to easily secure their first provincial title since 2009.
"Everyone was saying, 'You weren't tested' but there you are now!" said delighted Gary Sice, whose overall contribution, never-mind his 1-2 tally, underlined what Galway missed in his inter-county absence this season.
"We've been gunning for this all year, we knew we had a little bit extra in us," Sice said, after receiving the TG4 man of the match award, a gong he reckoned should have gone to corner-forward Ian Burke (21).
Young Burke, a former All-Ireland U-21 winner, was simply unstoppable in the opening quarter, scoring three of Corofin's opening four points and forcing 'Tubber to switch markers on him after just 13 minutes.
The Mayo champions simply had no answer to their crowded, tigerish defence which repeatedly stole ball and quickly transferred it upfield with high-quality foot-passing.