Fresh from soaking in the glory of an All-Ireland final triumph at Croke Park, Jerome Cahill will now turn his attention to securing the double for Tipperary in Saturday's U20-final.

Kilruane MacDonaghs man Cahill was an unused sub in the victory over Kilkenny but will be a mainstay of the Tipp team that is aiming to win back to back U21-U20 titles, in what is the first competition at the lower age grade.

The opposition at the Gaelic Grounds (throw-in 6pm) is again Cork, who owe their neighbours one for the manner of last year's victory.

Cork had hammered Tipp in the Munster decider by 13 points but were stunned in the All-Ireland final, Cahill scoring 0-03 from centre-forward before Conor Stakelum bagged a match-winning goal deep in injury-time.

This year's Munster final was again settled by a Tipperary goal in injury-time - from senior final scorer Jake Morris - so Cork will hope last year's pattern of reversing the form repeats itself.

"There'll be no lack of motivation for the Cork boys, they don't call them the Rebel County for nothing," Cahill told RTÉ Sport.

"They've bounced back from last year really well, and gave us lots of it. It was a toss of a coin in the Munster final. So we're expecting the same in three weeks' time."

Jerome Cahill (L) with Ben Cherry (holding Liam McCarthy), Séamus Callanan and Barry Heffernan at Crumlin Hospital

The last Tipperary team to do the senior/U21 double was the 2010 vintage that featured now three-time senior winners Noel McGrath, Padraic Maher, Patrick 'Bonner' Maher and Brendan Maher.

Cahill, a trainee accountant in Kilkenny of all places, says the old guard have been like "big brothers" to him and the other U-20 members of Liam Sheedy's extended 40-man panel.

"They do really take you under their wing," he said. "They've been sound to each and every one of the lads that have stepped up from the 21s last year. There was 10 of us I think.

"They really are like big brothers in a way. You just learn a lot from the level of preparation they put in.

"The likes of Brendan Maher, the way he came back from his cruciate injury there this year. Even seeing the way Bonner reacted to doing his knee this year already, he's so motivated to come back.

"They're real down to earth boys. They make going to training every night that bit easier. It motivates you then to be the best you can be on any given day."

The 20-year-old has been a vital cog in Liam Cahill's side again this summer, bagging 2-01 in the 8-15 to 1-16 semi-final destruction of Wexford.

"I think in fairness to Wexford, it was just a complete no-show from them," he reflects. "They're not that bad. We just cut through them too easily in the end.

"We know we're not going to cut through that easy (on Saturday).

"We would have liked a stiffer test going in but we have a fair old knowledge of what Cork are going to bring, and they know what we're going to bring at this stage too.

"I think both teams showed their full hand in the Munster final. There was no holding back, it's going to be hell for leather."