Dublin 1-20 – Cork 1-18
Dublin’s Under-20 hurlers will face Cork in the Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U20HC final (2020) in UPMC Nowlan Park, Kilkenny on Saturday, July 10 (7.15pm).
The Dubs will be hoping to win the All-Ireland U20HC (previously U21HC) for the first time when they face the Rebels. Cork have been successful on 11 occasions (joint top of the roll of honour with Tipperary and Kilkenny) – their last coming in 1998. They last appeared in a final in 2019 when they lost to Tipperary.
Dublin have been beaten All-Ireland finalists on four occasions – 1967, 1972, 2007 and 2011. But they will enter this game on a massive high after their stunning win over a fancied Galway side in Tullamore last Wednesday.
The competition began last October but owing to Covid lockdowns and restrictions the Leinster decider was delayed until this week.
It was well worth the wait as Dublin captured the Leinster title (Seán Robbins Cup) at this grade for the seventh time and on the first occasion since 2016.
They now go in pursuit of the county’s historic first All-Ireland crown (Cross of Cashel) when they face Cork on July 10.
“There is a first time for everything. That’s the plan. We will enjoy this one, reassess and start planning for Cork. It was an unbelievable win,” said Whitehall Colmcille man Lee Gannon who tallied four points from play in a man of the match display last week.
Dublin celebrate after their 2020 Leinster U-20 Hurling Championship final over Galway at Bord na Móna O’Connor Park in Tullamore.
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