After Corofin overwhelmed Dr Crokes to regain their All-Ireland SFC club title last March, there was universal appreciation for the style in which they regained their crown.

On Sunday next, the Galway kingpins will aim to become the first side to complete a hat-trick of titles when they take on Kilcoo at Croke Park.

Still, they are admired by many, and en route to this first-ever January club decider, Corofin's unrelenting desire to keep winning remains.

Tuam Stars pushed them all the way in the Connacht final, with two late frees by Gary Sice ensuring parity.

The replay was also a tight affair, but five late points got them over the line in the end. A seventh county title was in the bag, followed soon by more provincial success.

Silke keeping tabs on Alan Cronin of Nemo Rangers

A fortnight ago, Nemo Rangers were kept at arm's length as another trip to Croker was confirmed.

What makes Corofin so special?

"We are told to go out and play football," was the simple response from defender Liam Silke when he spoke to RTÉ's GAA correspondent Brian Carthy.

"Teams before us would have been told the same. It's in our DNA to play a fast brand of attacking football and it's going to be very hard to change that."

Silke also paid tribute to Corofin's management when adding: "It's a massive achievement for all the players involved to have won so much, to have evolved so much in the last seven years.

"Old players going, new players coming in. It's a credit to the club that we're able to bring players through. The management team have done well in introducing one or two new players each year, giving them the exposure that they are able to perform at the highest level and integrate themselves into the team.

"Against Tuam Stars in the Connacht final, it looked like we were heading out, but Gary Sice kicked two late frees and we got a replay.

"I think we are now at a place where we have enough composure to get us through tight games. Again, credit must go to the management.

"Tighter games are good because they bring you on as a team, make you more determined and bring out your will to win when you're in a battle."

And what of Kilcoo?

Silke was quick to sing the praises of both manager and players.

"Mickey Moran has been there before with Slaughtneil, so he desperate to win a club All-Ireland. His players are so dedicated on the pitch, chase down every ball and sprint after every player.

"They have quality players all over, county players and past county players to call on. It won't be easy."

As for becoming the first side to left three consecutive Andy Merrigan Cups, the 25-year-old, not surprisingly is focused on the task at hand against the Down outfit.

"We don't let three-in-a-row talk get into our psyche; all our concentration is this one game we have ahead of us." 

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