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Once the All-Ireland club hurling champions are crowned this afternoon, attention will quickly turn to the second part of the double header and two teams chasing their own bit of history.

The Corofin juggernaut rolls onto Jones Road and the men from Galway go in search of an unprecedented three in a row and a fourth title in six years.

Standing in their is a Kilcoo side looking to land the ultimate honour in club football for the first time in the club's 114-year history.

Kilcoo on the rise

Regardless of what happens today – and Corofin know how to flex their muscle in Croke Park on the big day better than anyone – Kilcoo GAA club will reflect on an incredible 12 months.

In 2009, the decorated Down club landed a first title county in 72 years. It seemed to be the catalyst for local success, reeling off seven more titles in the following decade.

That was about as far as their season would usually go however. The toil of the Ulster championship seemed to be a bridge too far, until last month, they broke their duck against Naomh Conaill.

Now the Magpies are just 60 minutes away from something that many in the club never considered a realistic possibility.

It really has been a year (2019) to remember, with the Down league also in the bag. The minor footballers claimed a league and championship double while the ladies have also landing silverware. It is a club on the crest of a wave.

Club vice-captain Conor Laverty says the journey has been nothing short of incredible.

"Everybody has to be reminded too about where we’ve come from, we were in Division 3, Division 4 years ago," he said earlier this week.

"Hard work has gone into getting us to where we are today, we have to be very humble and thankful to the people that got us in this position."

Corofin chasing legacy

There is a strong argument that even if Corofin fall short against Kilcoo they could still be the greatest club football side we have seen. Victory of course will put any discussion to bed.

While it is a highly subjective discussion – Cork club St Finbarr's were the first to achieve two in a row in 1980, Crossmaglen were a dominant force in the 1990s and again at the start of the decade, while Nemo Rangers remain the most successful team in the competition – the manner in which Corofin play the game is nearly as strong an argument as the results themselves.

Alan Burke, who hung up his boots after last year’s All-Ireland demolition of Dr Crokes, said that 2015 was the major turning point.

Ray Silke captained the club to their inaugural success in 1998, but it would be 17 years before they reached Croke Park again. Slaughtneil were put to the sword that day, and after years of county success, Burke says there was relief and much as happiness at lifting the Andy Merrigan Cup.

Since then, the club simply hasn’t looked back. Three titles in five years and an average winning margin of more than 12 points. Formidable sides such as Crokes (2019) and Nemo Rangers (2018) have been reduced to sheep in the headlights.

For the neutral, the accuracy of foot passing, the commitment to attack, movement between forwards and the ability to execute under pressure (they have survived county final replays for the past two years), has been a joy to behold.

To maintain their unbeaten Croke Park record would elevate the club to a new level.

Good start half the battle

By time Nemo Rangers scored their second point of the 2018 decider, Corofin had already put 2-06 on the scoreboard.

Last year against Crokes they raised two green flags in the opening 20 minutes that paved the way for a 12-point win.

It goes without saying that for Kilcoo to upset the odds, they have to simply enter the break still in the hunt. Against a talented Ballyboden side last time out, they went tit-for-tat with the Dublin champions before finishing strongly. A similar approach would stand them in good stead for walking up the steps of the Hogan Stand.

While the Corofin attack oozes class with the likes of the Farraghers, Ian Burke, Gary Sice, Michèal Lundy and Jason Leonard, the Down men have shown an ability to blot out key marksmen en route to the final.

Whether they have enough water to put out all the potential fires remains to be seen.