And so Kilcoo are still standing. One game away from making history and stopping the mighty Corofin in their tracks.

Sunday's All-Ireland SFC club decider at Croke Park and while the treble-chasing outfit from Connacht are favourites to get the job done, there is equally a sense that Kilcoo won't be pushed around on Jones' Road as they seek a first title.

Under the astute management of the well-travelled Mickey Moran, the Down champions captured a maiden provincial title in early December. The opening weekend of 2020 saw them surprise Ballyboden St Enda's in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Speaking to RTÉ GAA Correspondent  Brian Carthy ahead of the decider, Kilcoo talisman Conor Laverty signaled their intent when asked to assess the style of both teams.

"I think it's similar in a way," he said.

"Both teams want to go out and play football, want to attack at pace. I think it will be an interesting game.

"It's every young lads dream to represent your club in Croke Park on the biggest day. As a squad we're delighted to have this opportunity.

"We just want to get out there and express ourselves. We have been getting to a level of performance all year that we have been reasonably happy with, but we know we can improve."

Laverty, with Corofin's Liam Silke

Laverty, in tandem with most observers, is all too aware of Corofin's brilliance, but yet is excited by the prospect of going toe-to-toe with the Galway outfit.

"We know the task that we're up against but it's a good thing to be able to challenge yourself against the best," he added.

"That's where every sportsperson wants to be.

"Corofin are a brilliant team, a very special team and what they've done has been tremendous. Their brand of football is the way football should be played.

"Football, mass and sheep sums it up. I don't think you could describe it any other way"

"They are a great kick passing team and always move the ball forward at pace. We have sat back over the last number of years and admired how they play."

Indeed, much has been written and said these past few month about the important role the GAA play in this picturesque part of Co Down, nestled in the heart of the Mourne Mountains.

"Football is the only thing, we have nothing else in our village," revealed Laverty.

Well, there are other things.

"Football, mass and sheep sums it up. I don't think you could describe it any other way," the former Down star went on to say.

"There's a good few of us that also work as shepherds. We'd be up early in the morning to get bits and pieces done and be back at it again before we head to training."

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