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Expect high drama this weekend as the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Championship reaches the penultimate stage.
The season started with 32 but we’re down to just four as heavy-hitters Mayo, Cork, Galway and Kerry go toe-to-toe this weekend in Croke Park for a place in this seasons decider on September 1st.
The action gets underway on Saturday with Connacht champions, Mayo, taking on Munster finalists, Cork, while it’s a role reversal on Sunday as Munster champions, Kerry, face Connacht finalists, Galway.
All four sides have shown incredible skill, flair and resilience to make it this far but there can only be two teams making that walk on All-Ireland final day. Let the games begin…
Mayo v Cork – Saturday, 10th August, 3.00 pm
While Mayo may be favourites for this one, having defeated Dublin in a thriller in Pearse Park, Cork will no doubt be brimming with confidence having beaten two-in-a-row Ulster champions, Monaghan, by 12 points in their quarter-final outing.
Patrick Campbell and Conor Corbett have been in excellent form for the young Rebels with Michael O’Neill also proving potent in front of goal in this year’s championship.
At the back, Daniel Peet has shown himself to be a fearless full-back with a bright future ahead of him while Darragh Cashman looks like the epitome of a modern-day wing-back. Kelan Scannell has proved a force to be reckoned with in midfield and his battle with Ethan Henry should be worth the entrance fee alone.
— The GAA (@officialgaa) July 28, 2019
Mayo meanwhile will call upon Henry to drive it on once more following his superb solo goal against Dublin in their last outing. Mayo seemed to be in control against the Dubs but faltered in the final quarter. They leaked two goals in a minute and looked like they had thrown it away before regrouping and striking a killer fifth goal in the last minute.
Dylan Thornton was excellent at wing-forward the last day out. He has a lovely languid style and will be someone Cork will be keeping an eye on. At the back, Ruairi Keane has proved that he can mix it in defence and attack following his amazing individual goal against Dublin.
If Cork can keep the goal count down, they will be well in this one but that is easier said than done against this Mayo outfit.
Kerry v Galway – Sunday, 11th August, 1. 30 pm
The Kingdom are two games away from winning an unprecedented sixth Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor crown and have been very impressive so far, although they did leave it late in their quarter-final tie with Tyrone before putting the young Red Hands to the sword.
In Dylan Geaney they boast an inside forward who looks set to light up the senior inter-county stage at some point while Jack O’Connor has proven himself to be nerveless when standing over a dead ball. Devon Burns is assured between the sticks while Darragh Lynch and Ronan Collins have proven a formidable partnership at midfield.
— The GAA (@officialgaa) July 27, 2019
Galway bounced back from their Connacht final defeat to Mayo with a convincing win over Leinster champions Kildare in their quarter-final tie. Again, they will look to James McLaughlin’s driving runs from midfield for inspiration. Nathan Grainger is one of the most potent forwards at this age grade and will cause Kerry plenty of problems.
It’s all to play for in this one, no doubt the young Tribesmen will give the All-Ireland champions everything they’ve got.
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