The final scoreline of 6-15 to 1-12 may be misleading but there’s certainly no doubting the pedigree of the latest breakthrough Kerry representative to soar to Munster Intermediate Club Championship honours in Mallow on Sunday afternoon.
Becoming the 13th different club from the Kingdom to garner this provincial crown in the last 15 years, it was a rite of passage that a much heralded Na Gaeil capitalised upon with six timely goals.
That said, aside from a third quarter meltdown in which they were pummelled into submission by 3-8 to 0-1, Corofin more than matched their Tralee opponents who only two years previously had garnered provincial and national Junior silverware.
Indeed, the North Clare outfit were arguably the better side in the opening period, only to be twice struck by impact goals at the start of the first two quarters while passing up a glorious opportunity of their own through Robin Mounsey as Na Gaeil gladly took a 2-4 to 0-7 advantage into half-time.
However, with a reshuffle of their pack counteracting Corofin’s strengths including the switch of Kerry senior Diarmuid O’Connor to midfield and the shadowing of chief threat Jamie Malone by new county panelist Stefan Oknbar, only one side re-emerged for the new half as Na Gaeil emphatically finished the game as a contest with a devastating third quarter blitz.
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