CORK U17 hurling boss John Considine was delighted with the character that his players exhibited in last night’s All-Ireland semi-final victory over Galway at Semple Stadium.
Cork had two points to spare at the end, 1-19 to 1-17, and it took a very big effort to get them into Croke Park on Sunday week for the final against Dublin.
“We were very tentative, I’d say there was a bit of pressure. We know that we have a superb team and a few of them, having played so well for the minors, coming down a grade here, you hadn’t the same atmosphere.
“It’s all a learning experience. We got over the line by not playing that well and Galway left off some of their minors at the start.
“They brought them in when they were in the game but that’s for them, our minor management looked after us.
“It would have been very easy for guys 16 and 17 to panic when Galway came at us strongly but they didn’t do that and I’d say the experience of the Tipp game stood to us.
“I was delighted with the way that they kept at it and the lads who came in too, they all contributed."
The Cork team boss was slow to single out individuals but he was loud in his praise for the team’s standout player, Colin O’Brien.
“He was excellent, he didn’t start that well but man did he grab the game by the throat afterwards.
“He hit two great sidelines, he was impeccable with the frees too and now it’s great to be looking ahead to an All-Ireland final in Croke Park."
O’Brien, from the Liscarroll/Churchtown Gaels club in North Cork, delivered 1-10 over the hour with Brian Roche, Blake Murphy, birthday boy Daire Connery and Tommy O’Connell all making important scoring contributions too on another very good night for Cork underage hurling.