Corofin manager Kevin O'Brien hailed the strength of their panel after securing a fourth Connacht club football crown in as many years.

In a physical encounter on Sunday, Corofin showed all of their experience in overcoming Padraig Pearses by six points.

O’Brien told RTÉ Sport: "It's fantastic to win this game but in the context of four-in-a-row, it's a massive achievement for the club. It is probably a combination of the work that all the people are putting in.

"We have 35 or 40 lads training and we have people who have jerseys, getting balls, cones, making tea. Teachers in schools and everything. Credit to all those people.

"That is what today is about. We're just fortunate we get to play. The lads managed the game well today, which was important.

"The biggest satisfaction for me is we have this strong panel. Guys are really pushing and we look forward to the next six weeks now."

O’Brien singled out two substitutes in the middle of the pitch that helped run the game especially when Niall Daly was sent off late on.

He also praised the referee for coping with some periods of disruption when the players clashed.

O’Brien stated: "They had a run of points and we were probably under a bit of pressure. Once the spaces came in, and you have to give credit to Darragh Silke and Dylan Canney, they came in there and played awful well.

"There were two or three vital balls for us and that pushed us on. Credit to our panel, we've been talking about it but they are showing it on the pitch this year. They delivered again as key players in a tight battle. 

"It was hot and heavy there, particularly 10 minutes before half-time. We got involved in stuff, no more than Pearses.

"It held up the game a small bit but there was nothing majorly dirty from what I could see.

"There was probably some high tackles but you'll have that this time of year when conditions are tough. I thought the ref did a good job in the game."