CORK captain James Keating and his Tipperary counterpart Craig Morgan earlier this week attended the preview of Saturday’s Bord Gáis Energy GAA U20 All-Ireland hurling final, along with their respective team managers Denis Ring and Liam Cahill.
This will be the first ever final at the U20 grade and a repeat of the 2018 final (U21), which saw Tipperary claim the title.
The pairing also sees this year’s Munster finalists renew acquaintances in what will be the competition’s second ever All-Ireland final meeting of two counties from the same province. Last year’s final was the first all-Munster final, which Tipperary won on a score of 3-13 to 1-16 after a dramatic finish.
The Premier County also edged the young Rebels by a single point in last month’s Munster decider after Tipp’s Jake Morris struck an injury time goal to put Tipperary’s name on the cup. The finest of margins shows there isn’t much to separate these two rivals ahead of what promises to be an exciting and very close final.
The LIT Gaelic Grounds in Limerick will play host to the game this Saturday, August 24th, with throw-in at 6pm. The final will be televised live on TG4.
To celebrate this season’s finalé, Bord Gáis Energy will be providing fans from both counties with ‘the ultimate matchday experience’ at the Bord Gáis Energy Fanzone outside the Gaelic Grounds before throw-in. The Bord Gáis Energy Fanzone will feature an innovative 360-degree photo booth where fans can get their picture with surprise guests, while a series of games and challenges will ensure the whole family can join in the fun and enjoy the pre-match atmosphere.
Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, John Horan said: ‘The inter-county hurling season will come to a climax on Saturday when Tipperary aim to add the U20 title to the senior honours they captured last weekend.
‘These two teams produced a dramatic finalé last year and there is no reason why we won’t be treated to more of the same in Limerick.
‘I’d like to acknowledge the players and those who prepare them and also thank Bord Gáis Energy for their commitment to the GAA and to hurling specifically, which can be seen around their ongoing promotion of this important competition.’
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