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Captain Corbett On Fire As Cork Clinch Minor Title In Thrilling Final

Cork 3-20

Galway 3-14

Michael Corry reporting live from Croke Park.

It took a while to get going, seven minutes to be exact, but once it did fans in Croke Park were treated to an absolute thriller in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Final. 

Cork started the brighter of the two sides dominating the opening exchanges with Conor Corbett causing havoc inside. However, the young Rebel side struggled to convert their chances as the first score went to Tomo Culhane of Galway who kicked 0-5 in an impressive first-half.

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Corbett kicked back-to-back points from play before Culhane responded for the Tribesmen following some beautiful build-up play by Daniel Cox who proved a thorn in Cork’s side throughout.

Tomo Culhane kicked a cracker from play to edge the Tribesmen in front before adding another with his first of seven successful place-kicks of the day to leave Galway two in front after 15 minutes.

Michael O’Neill and Jack Cahalane looked lively throughout but Cork struggled to get scores despite dominating possession for long stretches of the first half.

At the other end of the field, the diminutive Daniel Cox, alongside corner-forward partner Nathan Grainger continued to cause headaches for Cork.

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The half ended with Darragh Cashman sauntering up from wing-back to kick a fabulous score to leave just three between them at half-time, 0-8 to 0-5.

Patrick Campbell kicked the first score of the second half before Culhane converted his seventh of the day to retain Galway’s four-point lead. However, just like that, the game was flipped on its head as Cork scored 1-2 inside three minutes to take the lead.

Jack Cahalane coolly finished to the corner following an amazing bit of play from fellow corner-forward Michael O’Neill who rose highest to claim a Cork kick-out before driving at the heart of the Galway defence and setting up Cahalane to finish.

Corbett and Cashman nailed back-to-back scores from play to swing the momentum in Cork’s favour.

Galway weren’t deterred though as the two sides traded scores down the home stretch before Daniel Cox fired a rocket into the net to nudge them back in front with four minutes left to play. Culhane kicked his ninth point of the day before Luke Murphy equalised for Cork.

In what was an amazing game of football it looked as though Galway had clinched it when Niall Cunningham shot to the roof of the net for the Tribesmen’s second goal. However, Cork went straight down the field and scored a goal of their own through Corbett.

Culhane had a chance to seal it for Galway with the last kick of the game but his effort sailed wide as the game went to extra-time finishing 2-13 to 2-13.

Amazingly extra-time started in the same manner that normal time finished with Ryan O’Donovan netting for Cork following some great build-up play from O’Neill. The lead was soon stretched to four as Corbett took his tally for the day to 1-6 from play.

The young Rebel side seemed to have more energy in extra-time as they took a six-point lead in at the short-whistle leaving Galway with a mountain to climb that proved insurmountable.

Niall Cunningham netted a third goal for Galway in the second period of extra-time but it was merely a consolation goal as Cork were crowned 2019 Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Champions.

Conor Corbett was the star of the show kicking 1-7 from play but credit must go to Ryan O’Donovan who kicked 1-2 after being introduced in the second half.

Galway

Donie Halleran; Jonathan McGrath (c), Ruairí King, Liam Tevnan; Cian Hernon, Ethan Fiorentini, Kyle O’Neill; James McLaughlin, Daniel O’Flaherty; Evan Nolan, Warren Seoige, Dylan Brady; Nathan Grainger, Tomo Culhane, Daniel Cox.

Substitutes

Conal Gallagher for Daniel O’Flaherty, Niall Cunningham for Nathan Grainger, Darragh Kennedy for Evan Nolan, Mark Colleran for Dylan Brady, Alan Naughton for Daniel Cox, Daniel McNulty for Kyle O’Neill.

Scorers

Tomo Culhane 0-10 (0-7 frees), Niall Cunningham 2-0, Daniel Cox 1-2, Nathan Grainger 0-2.

Cork

Cian O’Leary; Adam Walsh Murphy, Daniel Linehan, Daniel Peet; Darragh Cashman, Neil Lordan, Joseph O’Shea; Jack Lawton, Kelan Scannell; Hugh Murphy, Conor Corbett (c), Eoghan Nash; Michael O’Neill, Patrick Campbell, Jack Cahalane.

Substitutes

Sean Andrews for Daniel Peet, Nathan Gough for Joseph O’Shea, Luke Murphy for Eoghan Nash, Ryan O’Donovan for Jack Cahalane, Tadhg O’Donoghue for Adam Walsh Murphy, Jack Cahalane for Patrick Campbell, Eoghan Nash for Jack Lawton.

Scorers

Conor Corbett 1-7, Ryan O’Donovan 1-2, Michael O’Neill 0-6 (0-3 frees), Jack Cahalane 1-1, Darragh Cashman 0-2, Patrick Campbell 0-1, Luke Murphy 0-1.

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