Galway U-21 manager Alan Flynn expects his side will be able to increase their performance to another level that they will need to hit to claim their second All-Ireland U-21 crown in three years at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday (7pm).
Galway have shown steady progression since they brushed aside Sligo in their Connacht opener, but Flynn is confident that his side have what it takes to take the title.
If he is ruled out of action, the loss of talented dual star Daithí Burke would be a huge loss for Galway ahead of the Gaelic Grounds tie, but with defender Eoin Walsh ready to return after suspension and David Cunnane and Damien Comer expected to shake of minor knocks ahead of the game, Flynn is in confident mood.
“Look, we’ll have to up our game another notch if we are to win against Cork. But in fairness we have improved in every game to date.
“The great thing for us is that we have been forced into changes throughout and every time someone was introduced they made an impact. If Daithi doesn’t make it is will be tough on him personally, but the positive is that someone else will have the chance to impress,” said Flynn.
Like his own side, Flynn has noted Cork’s continuous improvement through their Munster and All-Ireland campaigns and he thinks his side are rightly installed as underdogs ahead of the game.
“Cork have gradually worked themselves into the competition. Beating Tipperary, who were fancied to go far, was a big win for them, but they have to be favourites after their win over Cavan.
“They have five players who are in their third campaign as U-21s so they have vast experience to call on. They are strong all over the field and their inside forwards are very difficult to tie down.
“It will be tough for us against a team with the guile of Cork, but I am confident that the lads will be ready to give it their best,” he said.