When Shaun Paul Barrett’s Donegal minors take the field on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Croke Park, it will be the third championship meeting at minor level between the counties.
Donegal will be hoping it will be third time lucky, as on both the other occasions, Cork came out on top - in 1985 and 1991.
But it will also be remembered that on both occasions, Donegal, with a little bit of luck, could have been successful. In 1985, Jimmy White was in charge with John Cunningham captain as a star-studded Donegal side lost out by 2-5 to 0-9, missing a number of chances and putting a penalty over the crossbar.
Six years later, the Donegal minors were back in headquarters on a day that Down defeated Kerry in the senior semi-final. This time a Cork side with Brian Corcoran at full-back, had three points to spare - 0-12 to 1-6 against a Donegal side managed by Sean Ward.
On Saturday next, the occasion will be an All-Ireland quarter-final with a Donegal side, who have been going well all year, winning the Ulster Minor League and Championship, hoping to make it to the semi-final.
It will be a big occasion for all the Donegal squad as it is their first time to play in Croke Park. Donegal will travel with plenty of optimism, but they will have to get a full 60 minutes’ performance to be successful.
To date, they have not put a full 60 minutes together, having to come from behind in their opening game against Antrim, and again falling behind at the start of the Ulster final against Derry.
However, on each occasion, when it was necessary, this bunch of players have been able to do the business and hopes are high that they can get Donegal off to the perfect start on Saturday next.