Corofin are where they want to be - one game away from retaining their All-Ireland SFC club title. Dr Crokes from Killarney will provide the opposition in the Croke Park decider on St Patrick's Day, throw-in, 3.45pm

When asked to explain Corofin's footballing philosophy, Martin Farragher summed it up by saying "we like to move the ball quickly, we like to express ourselves".

The Corofin attacker was speaking to RTÉ Sport in advance of next Sunday's final, though he did add that the road to Croker on this occasion did call for the side to alter their approach.

"The Galway championship was a tough test and the final against Mountbellew-Moylough was one we had to grind out, so we knew we couldn't be playing the same style in every game," he said.

"From there we got past Clann na nGael (Connacht semi-final) team and then met a good Ballintubber team in the final. Another tough test. Ballintubber were very well set up in the first half but we brought on some great players in the second half like Ian Burke and that really helped us.

Corofin's Ian Burke with Criostoir Mac Phaidin of Gaoth Dobhair in the All-Ireland semi-final

"Overall, the campaign so far has been a great learning curve for us. We nearly got caught in Galway but we now know more than ever that you need to adapt and be constantly thinking through games.

Just over two years ago, Corofin were well beaten by Dr Crokes at the All-Ireland semi-final stage and Farragher is only too aware that the Kerry champions will again be formidable.

"We know Crokes are an incredible team, they have some serious players like Johnny Buckley, Gavin White and Tony Brosnan. These are all top players. They'll take some stopping on the big stage."

Johnny Buckley

Indeed, Farragher can emphathise with Johnny Buckley in the lead up to Sunday's showdown after the latter was cleared to play following a successful appeal of the red card picked up in the semi-final victory over Mullinalaghta.

Last year, the Galway man also saw red at the last-four stage against Moorefield, but he too had his suspension overturned.

A year on and Farragher is happy that one of Dr Crokes' key men is free to grace Jones' Road on Patrick's Day.

"I know Johnny was in the same situation I was in last year - all I wanted to do was to play the game so I'm happy to see him get the chance. Because he such a big name player it's great from a neutral perspective that the public will get to see him line out."

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