The Rebel treble is very much on course after the Cork minors completed the second leg of it with an impressive 1-23 to 0-12 win over reigning champions Galway in Thurles.
It is Cork’s first minor hurling title in 20 years and having also defeated Galway in the U-20 final midweek, it will now be down to their seniors to complete the clean sweep since the only time they achieved it in 1970.
Cork took wind advantage in the opening half and with nine different players hitting the target from play, they led by 0-16 to 0-07 at the break and never looked back after that.
Cork, having opted to play with the breeze, led by 0-9 to 0-4 at the first water break with both midfielders Mikey Finn and Cillian Tobin scoring, along with four of the six forwards.
Galway kept in touch with a couple of frees from Rory Burke and good efforts from play from Michéal Power and wing-back Dylan Dunne.
William Buckley got his second point of the match on the resumption and corner-back Darragh O’Sullivan also scored his second point of the match to extend their lead to 0-11 to 0-4 after 18 minutes.
They pushed that advantage out to 0-16 to 0-7 by the interval, nine different players hitting the target for the Rebels as they made the most of their excellent use of the ball and strong running.
Jack Leahy extended Cork’s lead with a point within a minute of the restart and then Eoin O’Leary set up David Cremin and he finished low to the net to make it 1-17 to 0-7.
Two more points from Burke and one from Darren Shaughnessy reduced the deficit but Cork led by 1-19 to 0-10 at the second water break.
Leahy tacked on another couple of points and Buckley added another as Healy picked off his fourth of the night, while Power responded with a couple of points for a Galway side who relinquished their crown just 42 days since they won it.
The Tribesmen were beaten in too many positions to mount a serious defence of their title against a Cork side who won all four matches this season by double digits.
Cork: Paudie O'Sullivan, Darragh O'Sullivan (0-2), Kevin Lyons, James Byrne; James Dwyer, Ben O’Connor (0-1), Timmy Wilk; Mikey Finn (0-2, 1’sl), Cillian Tobin (0-1); Diarmuid Healy (0-4), Ben Nyhan, David Cremin (1-2); William Buckley (0-3), Jack Leahy (0-7, 3f), Eoin O’Leary (0-1).
Subs: Adam Walsh for Nyhan (half-time), Rory Sheahan for Wilk (45-46), for Dwyer (53), Oran O’Regan for Cremin (55), Kyle Wallace for Tobin (58), Tadhg O’Connell for O’Leary (59).
Galway: Darragh Walsh; Joshua O’Connor, Tiernán Leen, Matthew Tarpey; Dylan Dunne (0-1), Diarmuid Davoren, Nathan Gill; Joshua Ryan, Conor Lawless; Darren Shaughnessy (0-2), Michéal Power (0-4), Darragh Neary; John Cosgrove, Rory Burke (0-5, 4f), Oisin Lohan.
Subs: Matthew O’Connor for Ryan (36), Cillian Whelan for Lawless (37), Anthony Keady for Cosgrove (38), Cian Donoghue for Lohan (47), Conor Headd for Dunne (57).
Referee: Colum Cunning (Antrim).
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