Cork claim McGrath Cup

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Cork completed a solid January’s work when they claimed their 6th McGrath Cup title with a 0-13 to 0-06 win over Tipperary in Clonmel.

Difficult conditions in Clonmel contributed to a low scoring game with Cork the quicker of the two teams to settle with Fintan Goold’s free after just two minutes putting the Rebels ahead.

By the twenty minute mark they were three points to nothing up as further scores from Michael O’Laoire and Fiachra Lynch put them in control.

Tipperary got their first point of the afternoon after 22 minutes and they managed just two more as Cork took a 0-06 to 0-03 lead in difficult conditions, Liam Shorten and Conor O’Driscoll adding point the points for Conor Counihan’s team.

The second half continued in the same vein with Cork again the quickest of the mark, with Paul Kerrigan adding two more points, to take his tally to three for the day, either side of a another Goold free and a Pearse O’Neill score, to put the Rebels 0-10 to 0-03 ahead with 25 minutes to go.

Tipperary were struggling to find scores and it wasn’t until 15 minutes into the second half that they scored their fourth point of the afternoon, they continued to press forward however they found scores hard to come by and instead it was Cork who finished the game out with three more points to secure the first senior Trophy of the 2012 Munster Football calendar year.

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