The 14 men of Cork had too much class for Dublin today in the All-Ireland minor semi-final in Croke Park. The young Rebels saw off the Dubs as Brian Turnbull proved to be the difference.
The Douglas star had featured prominently in their Munster Championship victory, as they claimed the title after a replay win over Tipperary in the semi-final and a final stroll over Clare.
He came in for particular praise as the Rebels won through.
Brian Turnbull is a machineeee ? #AllIreland
— Jack Hallahan (@hallahan_jack) August 13, 2017
Although eleven of his thirteen points came from frees, it was a case of him being dragged down at any stage he won possession, such was his threat to the Dublin rearguard.
Brian Turnbull has now been fouled for six of the eight frees he’s scored. Liam O’Shea two.
— Éamonn Murphy (@EamonnMurphy19) August 13, 2017
After Dublthe Boys in Blue in scored an injury time goal to pull the gap back to three, it was Turnbull who caught the ensuing puck-out and fired over a point to give the Rebels the insurmountable cushion.
In front of a sizeable Rebel crowd before the senior game, Cork won through to the minor decider on a scoreline of 0-23 to 2-13, despite a second-half red card to Robert Downey.
This is another landmark in what has been a remarkable season for Cork hurling as a whole. The Rebels claimed the inaugral U-17 All-Ireland title last week against Dublin, with a significant amount of players from both teams competing once again today.
They now go on to face Galway in the final. Will we see the clash of the Rebels and the Tribesmen in the senior decider too?