Familiar foes to contest U20 hurling final

August 06, 2019

Tipperary U20 captain Craig Morgan raises the JJ Kenneally Perpetual Memorial Cup

U20 hurling championship finalists Cork and Tipperary should know each other inside out at this stage.

The sides already contested an epic Munster final this year, on July 23rd, when Tipp prevailed by 3-15 to 2-17 thanks to an injury-time Jake Morris goal. Both provincial finalists subsequently advanced to the All-Ireland decider, which is due to be played on Saturday, August 24th, with Tipperary thumping Wexford and the Rebels getting the better of Leinster champions Kilkenny.

In 2017, in front of more than 8,000 spectators at Pairc Ui Rinn, many of the same players were on view as the Leesiders got the better of the Premier County in a thrilling replayed Munster MHC semi-final – 2-22 to 2-19 – with Cork going on to win Munster but lose the All-Ireland final to Galway.

And, last year’s All-Ireland U21 championship was also all about Cork and Tipp. The Rebel County romped to provincial glory – 2-23 to 1-13 – but Tipp turned the tables on them in the All-Ireland final, 3-13 to 1-16.

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