Young played his club hurling with the famous St. Finbarr's club and enjoyed much success throughout the first decade of club activity in Cork. He won a county senior championship title with 'the Barr's' in 1899.
Young first came to prominence on the inter-county scene with Cork as part of the Blackrock selection in 1893. He missed Cork's Munster final triumph, however, he was included on the team for the subsequent All-Ireland final meeting with Kilkenny. Cork won the game on probably the most unsuitable playing field in hurling history. After someone had neglected to get the grass cut at Ashtown, both teams moved to the Phoenix Park were the game took place. A 6–8 to 0–2 victory gave Young a coveted All-Ireland title.
For a second consecutive year in 1894 Young was selected for championship duty with Cork. An easy 3–4 to 1–2 defeat of Tipperary in the provincial decider gave him a coveted Munster winners' title. For the second time in three years Dublin provided the opposition in the subsequent All-Ireland final. The game turned into an absolute rout as Cork won easily bu 5–20 to 2–0. With that Young captured a second consecutive All-Ireland winners' medal. It was his last game with the Cork hurling team.