St. Brigid's retain Connacht title in controversial circumstances

ST. BRIGID'S (Roscommon) 0-11 COROFIN (Galway) 0-10

ST. BRIGID'S (Roscommon) 0-11 COROFIN (Galway) 0-10

Referee Liam Devenney had to be escorted off the pitch in Kiltoom after a stop-start AIB Connacht Club SFC final between St. Brigid’s and Corofin.

There were ugly scenes at the end of Brigid’s one-point victory, with Corofin players and supporters angered by some of Devenney's decisions that went against them.

The Ballina whistler flashed 15 yellow cards and earned the ire of the Corofin camp by disallowing a goal and giving most of the 50-50 calls to Brigid’s.

The Galway champions had held a 0-7 to 0-4 interval lead, but Brigid’s, who failed to score from play in the first half, fought back to retain the provincial title.

Frankie Dolan kicked a terrific point on the turn to push the Roscommon side 0-11 to 0-9 ahead and although free-taker Alan O’Donovan made it a one-point game in the dying minutes, Corofin could not conjure up an equaliser.

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