Preview: Electric Ireland MFC Final - Cork v Galway
Sunday September 1
Electric Ireland Minor Football Championship Final
Cork v Galway, Croke Park, 1pm
It has been a campaign in which Cork and Galway have shown admirable resilience responding to setbacks.
Both counties suffered two defeats in their respective provinces, but have subsequently flourished on the national stage.
Cork endured a disappointing 3-19 to 1-9 loss to Kerry initially, but they only were beaten by a goal in the Munster showpiece.
Since then highly impressive victories were chalked up against Monaghan and Mayo. Seven goals were blasted by Cork in those two triumphs so they enter the decider armed with confidence and momentum.
So too do Galway, who were beaten narrowly by Roscommon and Mayo out west.
Valuable lessons were learned in those high octane battles, though, by Donal O'Fatharta's outfit.
The manner Galway outfoxed Kildare and stayed cool under pressure when dethroning Kerry bodes well.
Kerry had claimed five All Ireland minor crowns on the spin so that Galway victory carried real importance.
Galway, though, will know all about the threat of Cork's attack which delivered smartly defeating Mayo at the penultimate stage.
Conor Corbett struck 2-3, Patrick Campbell 1-2, while Daniel Linehan also ventured forward to supply a goal.
Campbell has recovered from injury which forced him off early and that is a real boost for Bobbie O'Dwyer's charges.
Galway will be hoping for inspiration from Tomo Culhane, Dylan Brady, and Warren Seoige, who have all contributed handsomely during an action packed campaign.
CORK: Cian O'Leary; Adam Walsh Murphy, Daniel Linehan, Daniel Peet; Darragh Cashman, Neil Lordan, Joseph O’Shea; Jack Lawton, Kelan Scannell; Hugh Murphy, Conor Corbett, Eoghan Nash; Michael O’Neill, Patrick Campbell, Jack Cahalane.
GALWAY: Donie Halleran; Jonathan McGrath, Ruairí King, Liam Tevnan; Cian Hernon, Ethan Fiorentini, Kyle O’Neill; James McLaughlin, Daniel O’Flaherty; Evan Nolan, Warren Seoige, Dylan Brady; Nathan Grainger, Tomo Culhane, Daniel Cox.