Cork U20s focus on their own targets even if Tipp hurling is on a high

Cork U20s focus on their own targets even if Tipp hurling is on a high
Brian Turnbull takes on Craig Morgan and Paddy Cadell. Picture: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

CORK aim to deflect Tipperary’s All-Ireland senior victory away from their year-long target of national U20 glory, according to selector Liam Martin.

Munster’s big-two collide in the last All-Ireland hurling final of the year at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday at 6pm.

A handful of Tipp players were part of the county’s exciting win over Kilkenny at Croke Park last Sunday and will have a bounce in their step as a result.

“We’re not taking a whole lot of notice of that. I take the point that momentum is significant in any sport and with any team.

“We were able to park the Munster final very quickly and were able to build up a head of steam just as quickly for the semi-final with Kilkenny.

“The aim of this group all the year has been to win the All-Ireland. The first time we met we outlined our goals and our aims.

“This is player-driven and they want an All-Ireland championship, so irrespective of what they did in the interim our goal has never changed.

“That’s the reason we were able to move on from the Munster final,” he said.

Denis Ring and selector Liam Martin. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Denis Ring and selector Liam Martin. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Cork held a two-point lead deep into injury-time when Tipp senior Jake Morris rifled in the winning goal for a 3-15 to 2-17 victory. Now it’s revenge-time.

“It was annoying on the night in the manner in which we lost to that last-minute goal.

“Yet, looking at the bigger picture, it has actually done us a favour in that this team now needs silverware and the ultimate silverware of an All-Ireland title.

“We can’t control what Tipp are going to do or not do, but we can certainly control ourselves.

“We can make that when we hit the field we do so in the best condition both mentally and physically and that we are as well prepared in both. Then let’s see what happens,” Martin commented.

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