The captains of the Cork and Galway teams that meet in the Cadbury’s U21 All-Ireland Football Final insist that the other bear the favourites tag.
Both Galway captain Fiontáin Ó Curraoin and his Cork counterpart Damien Cahalane were keen to highlight the advantage the opposition hold as they spoke to RTÉ Sport ahead of the clash in Limerick on Saturday.
Galway’s Ó Curraoin pointed out that they had faced this Cork team in the past and came out on the wrong side of the result.
“Cork are obviously favourites for a reason. We played them at minor level and they beat us that day so we obviously know a lot about them. They are a very good team with some very good individuals.”
“Whenever a Galway team gets out of Connacht they seem to do quite well, and hopefully we can keep that trait up on Saturday.”
Cork’s Damien Cahalane was equally adamant that his side are the underdogs.
“Similar to two years ago, when we played in the All-Ireland semi-final against Galway, we came in as raging hot favourites and Galway, fair play to them, beat us and gave us a lesson in football. Kildare went into their semi-final a few weeks ago in the same position and Galway showed their bottle and nerve and came through it.”
“Fair play to them they are in another All-Ireland Final, and they will be going into it as favourites.”
Galway are going into the final, which throws in at the Gaelic Grounds at 7pm, seeking their fifth title at U21 level, while Cork will be looking to secure their twelfth title.