Cork Prove Too Strong For Dublin In All Ireland U20 Decider


Goals either side of half time solidified a confident Cork performance as they sink Dublin in the All Ireland U20 Hurling Final

All Ireland U20

Cork 2-19
Dublin 1-18

A repeat of Dublin’s warrior like Leinster Final win wasn’t to be repeated tonight in Nowlan Park as Cork clinch the delayed 2020 All Ireland U20 Hurling title in style.

A costly slow start saw the men from the rebel county lead 1-04 to 0-00 within 8 minutes of the throw in. And it was uphill from there for the entire game. Dublin battled with their heads up through the second half but they couldn’t bridge the score gap that Cork had built up.

Padraic Power, Alan Connolly Shane Barrett and Daire Connery had points on the scoreboard before Dublin could even find their groove. And things only got worse for Paul O’Briens side when Sean Twomey batted down Power’s goal attempt into the net after Eddie Gibbons had stopped the shot.

Liam Murphy opened the scoring for Dublin, and had added a second by the first half water break with the score at 1-06 to 0-02. Dara Purcell and Murphy had added two more Dublin scores to leave a 6 point gap on 20 minutes. But continued pressure from Cork saw scores from Murphy, Micheál Murphy and Kevin Desmond cancelled out, with Dublin trailing by 0-07 at half time.

Purcell was quick to score a point for Dublin immediately after the break to start his side on the front foot. Eddie Gibbons and Purcell added more scores to try keep Dublin close, but it was a continual uphill struggle. And with 10 minutes to play Padraic Power scored Cork’s seond goal leaving 0-08 between the sides.

Dublin never gave up, and more scores came from Liam Murphy, Gibbons and Purcell. Substitute Luke McDwyer found the net, parried from an Gibbons free to give the Dubs some hope. But sadly it was too little too late as Cork secured their 12th All Ireland U20 (21) title, topping the roll of honours at the grade.

Scorers for Cork:

Padraig Power 1-01
Sean Twomey 1-00
Daire Connery 0-03 (2f)
Shane Barrett 0-03
Alan Connolly 0-03 (2f)
Darragh Flynn 0-02
Tommy O’Connell 0-02
Colin O’Brien 0-02 (1 sideline)
Brian Hayes 0-02
Jack Cahalane 0-01

Scorers for Dublin:

Liam Murphy 0-06 (3f)
Dara Purcell 0-4
Luke McDwyer 1-00
Micheál Murphy 0-03
Eddie Gibbons 0-02 (2f)
Kevin Desmond 0-01
Darragh Power 0-01


1. Eoin Davis
2. Conor O’Callaghan
3. Eoin Roche
4. Aaron Walsh Barry
5. Daire Connery
6. Ciaran Joyce
7. Daire O’Leary
8. Darragh Flynn
9. Tommy O’Connell
10. Brian Roche
11. Shane Barrett
12. Sean Twomey
13. Padraig Power
14. Alan Connolly
15. Colin O’Brien

Cork Substitutes:

Jack Cahalane for O’Brien (40)
Eoin Carey for Twomey (41)
Brian Hayes for Connolly (49)
Shane O’Regan for Flynn (52)


1. Eddie Gibbons
2. Tommy Kinnane
3. Andrew Dunphy
4. Alan Murphy
5. Enda O’Donnell
6. Kevin Burke
7. Iain Ó hEither
8. Mark Sweeney
9. Darragh Power
10. Darach McBride
11. Micheál Murphy
12. Lee Gannon
13. Dara Purcell
14. Kevin Desmond
15. Liam Murphy

Dublin Substitutes:

Donal Leavy for O’Donnell (39)
Ciaran Foley for Sweeney (45)
Luke McDwyer for McBride (47)
Brian Sheehy for Kinnane (55)
Padhraic Linehan for Power (56)
Donal Leavy for M. Murphy (57)