Cork U20 hurlers and footballers have been fixed on a double bill in Portlaoise

Cork U20 hurlers and footballers have been fixed on a double bill in Portlaoise
Colm O'Callaghan of Cork in action against Conall Devlin of Tyrone. Picture: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

THE Cork U20 hurlers and footballers will feature in a very attractive double-header at Portlaoise this Saturday.

The Rebels take on Kilkenny in the hurling semi-final at 2pm followed by the football decider against Dublin at 4pm.

Keith Ricken's football outfit have been in glorious form in recent weeks, blowing past Kerry in the Munster final before coming from seven points down in All-Ireland semi-final against Tyrone at the weekend, thanks in no small part to a brilliant goal from sub Jack Murphy.

Dublin, unsurprisingly, are favourites to lift yet another title but Cork won't have any fear of their opponents given the form Mark Cronin, Brian Hartnett, Peter O'Driscoll and co have shown lately.

The hurlers meet Leinster champions Kilkenny, having been beaten by Tipperary last week after a last-gasp Jake Morris goal. Denis Ring and his selectors have a gifted crop at their disposal including Brian Turnbull, Daire Connery and Ger Collins, but the Cats, managed by DJ Carey, will be led by senior ace Adrian Mullen, who nailed 0-4 at Croke Park against Limerick last weekend.

Both games will be shown live on TV, while on Sunday the Cork footballers host Roscommon at 4pm in the last Super 8 tie at Páirc Uí Rinn. Neither team can qualify with Tyrone and Dublin already through.

The Cork minor footballers are through to the All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo on August 10 or 11 in Croke Park. Kerry and Galway are on the other side of the draw with the fixtures yet to be finalised.

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