Corbett, the captain, was deadly inside, his haul of 1-7 from play quite remarkable, but so too was sub Ryan O’Donovan, whose goal early in extra time set the tone for the Rebels to power on.
Jack Cahalane had raised the first green flag for Cork and while they took time to get to grips with Galway’s swarm defence, they were worthy winners in the end.
Special mention must go to the Murphy brothers from Éire Óg, Hugh victorious in Croker while his brother Jack excelled for the U20s.
They have Kerry roots and they both carry themselves with a confidence you’d expect from that, but also an innate knack for doing the right thing in possession which comes from a background with Ballincollig Basketball Club.
“Part of our difficulty during the day was because of the way Galway set up we weren’t getting the ball in quickly enough. We knew when Conor, Ryan O’Donovan or Jack Cahalane got fast ball they’d get scores. They say there’s no victory without a battle and that was a battle out there.”
Indeed Douglas’ Eoghan Nash won’t turn 16 until the end of the year, which at 15 means he’s one of the youngest Rebels to triumph on All-Ireland final day on Jones Road.
Scorers for Cork: C Corbett 1-8 (0-1 f), R O'Donovan 1-2, M O'Neill 0-5 (0-2 f), J Cahalane 1-1, D Cashman 0-2, P Campbell, L Murphy 0-1 each
Galway: T Culhane 0-10 (0-7 f), N Cunningham 2-0, D Cox 1-2, N Grainger 0-2.
CORK: C O'Leary (Douglas); D Peet (Clonakilty), N Lordan (Ballinora), J O'Shea (Urhan); D Cashman (Millstreet), D Linehan (Castlemagner), A Walsh-Murphy (Valley Rovers); J Lawton (Argideen Rangers), E Nash (Douglas); H Murphy (Éire Óg), P Campbell (Nemo Rangers), J Scannell (Carbery Rangers); M O'Neill (Buttevant), C Corbett (Clyda Rovers), captain, J Cahalane (Castlehaven).
Subs: S Andrews (Shamrocks) for Peet 34, N Gough (Bishopstown) for O'Shea 45, L Murphy (Cullen) for Nash 50, R O'Donovan (Barryroe) for Cahalane 59, T O'Donoghue (Carrignavar) for Walsh-Murphy 69, Cahalane for Campbell 75, Nash for Lawton 77.
GALWAY: D Halleran; J McGrath, captain, R King, L Tevnan; C Herron, E Fiorentinim K O'Neill; J McLaughlin, D O'Flaherty; E Nolan, W Seoige, D Brady; N Grainger, T Culhane, D Cox.
Subs: C Gallagher for O'Flaherty 51, N Cunningham for Grainger 56, D Kennedy for Tevnan 59, M Colleran for Brady 65.
Referee: N Mooney (Cavan).