Best of luck to Richard Fitzgerald and his Cork Youths team who play hosts Kilkenny in the final of the national youths championship on Sunday. The omens are good. Cork reached the final in 1980 and also had to travel and came good in extra time thanks to a second strike from Youghal's Terry Kearns.
Here is the story of that campaign:
Manager: Denis Galvin.
Selectors: Mick Moriarty (Blackpool Celtic); Noel Stokes (St Mary's); John Delea (Rockmount); and Paddy Fitton (Ballincollig).
Turners Cross , 6/1/80
Cork AUL 4 Limerick DL 1
Cork scorers: Mattie Murphy, Liam Murphy, Jamesie Corcoran, and Dave Barry.
Cork team: F. Hogan, N. O'Driscoll, F. Begley, M. O'Keeffe, T. O'Donovan, M. Murphy, L. Murphy, D. Barry, J. Corcoran, K. Murphy, and P. Long. Subs: S. O'Sullivan and T. Kearns.
Dublin AUL 2 Cork AUL 2 (after extra time)
Cork scorers: Corcoran, Kearns.
Cork team: F. Hogan (Ballincollig), N. O'Driscoll (Rockmount), F. Begley (Everton), M. O'Keeffe (Rockmount), T. O'Donovan (Tramore Ath.), Mattie Murphy (do.), Liam Murphy (Wilton Utd), Dave Barry (Tramore Ath.), J. Corcoran (Central Rvrs), T. Kearns (St Martin's), and K. Murphy (UCC Academicals). Subs: S. O'Sullivan (Casement Celtic) and P. Long (St Mary's).
Turners Cross 9/3/80
Cork AUL 2 Dublin AUL 1
Cork scorers: Corcoran, Kearney.
Cork team: Hogan, O'Sullivan, Begley, O'Keeffe, O'Donovan, L. Murphy, Barry, M. Murphy, Corcoran, Kearns, and K. Murphy. Subs: Long and Kearney.
Donegal 2 Cork AUL 2 (after extra time)
Cork scorers: Dave Barry, Terry O'Donovan.
Cork team: ??????????
Turners Cross 27/4/80
Cork AUL 1 Donegal 0
Cork scorer: Dave Barry
Cork team: Hogan, S. Madden (Tramore Ath.), Begley, O'Keeffe, O'Donovan, M. Murphy, Barry, L. Murphy, K. Kearney, K. Murphy, and T. Kearns. Subs: P. Long and D. O'Connor.
Kilkenny DL 1 Cork AUL 2 (after extra time)
Cork scorer: Kearns (2)
Cork team: Hogan, O'Sullivan, Begley, O'Keeffe, O'Donovan (c), Madden, M. Murphy, L. Murphy, Kearns, K. Murphy, and O'Connor. Subs: Long and Martin Lyons (Ringmahon Rangers). Cork footballers called up Dave Barry.