THE Cork U17 hurlers will be hoping to advance to the inaugural Munster final tonight when they take on Tipperary, Páirc Uí Rinn, 7pm.
Team boss John Considine was delighted with the opening night performance against Limerick last week at the Gaelic Grounds when Cork ran out comfortable winners in a competition introduced due to the fact the minor grade drops to U17 from next year.
However, in the aftermath of the 0-16 to 0-6 win, he said he expects a more severe examination of his team’s credentials against the Premier county youngsters this time.
“We were happy to go into the Gaelic Grounds and come out with the win. It was a new experience for the young players and, whilst we should probably have secured a few more scores, we were not afraid to take on the shots.
“Tipperary will be coming down to Páirc Uí Rinn with what I believe is a strong team but having home advantage will be important for our lads and we’d be hoping for plenty of support for them.
“Any Cork, Tipperary hurling game is well worth a visit."
Considine and his selectors, Donal Burke and Sean Crowley will be looking again to Declan Hanlon, Colin O’Brien and Tommy O’Connell in attack to secure the scores.
All three contributed handsomely to the win over Limerick with Midleton player O’Connell posting five points from open play.
Back in the half-back line Daire Connery from Na Piarsaigh caught the eye with some long range clearances with team captain Jack Hallahan doing well too.
The winners of tonight’s tie will take on Clare or Waterford in the first ever Munster final in this grade.