CORK will meet Galway in the All-Ireland minor football final at Croke Park on September 1.
It brings together the losing Munster and Connacht finalists after Galway ended Kerry’s five-year reign in a shock 0-14 to 0-13 semi-final triumph yesterday.
Cork booked their place in the decider 24 hours earlier with an impressive 4-12 to 1-13 win over western champions, Mayo.
Cork will be looking for their first title since 2000 while Galway’s most recent success was in 2007.
Manager Bobbie O’Dwyer witnessed Galway’s dethroning of the champions though Cork have already got first-hand knowledge of their opponents.
“We played them earlier in the season and they’re a very good football team with a very good management as well,” he said.
Cork were outstanding in their eight-point victory over a fancied Mayo with captain Conor Corbett (Clyda Rovers) scoring two of the four goals and Daniel Linehan (Castlemagner) and man-of-the-match Patrick Campbell (Nemo Rangers) bagging the others.
Defender Linehan’s goal is a leading contender in the goals-of-the-season category, smashing a high shot into the roof of the net to give Cork a 2-9 to 0-10 lead going into the final quarter.
“It was a great finish from a very good footballer,” said O’Dwyer.
Cork’s only injury concern was a back spasm which forced Campbell off, 10 minutes from the end.
“I’m hoping it’s not too serious. We’ll just give him some time and see how it is.
“It’s something that just happened during the course of the game after getting a knock.
“Obviously, you’re always concerned with a back injury because that influences so many other muscles in the body,” O’Dwyer added.