Tipperary battle to earn draw against Rebels

Tipperary left it late at Semple Stadium on Sunday afternoon to secure a hard-earned draw against John Meyler’s Cork in what was a thrilling encounter played in front of over 22,000 supporters. However, it took a point from Jake Morris to secure Tipperary’s first point of the round robin series in Leinster and it was just rewarding as Tipperary’s second half performance was superb.

Cork racked up a commanding league at half time. The indeed led by 1-15 to 1-06 after an excellent 35 minutes. Cork were clear by 0-07 to 0-00 after 13 minutes, with Horgan, Harnedy and Kearney coming to the fore with some superb scores. The lead was 1-13 to 1-03 after 30 minutes, with Jason Forde grabbing the Tipperary goal and Shane Kingston firing past Hogan from an acute angle to grab the Cork goal. Cork went ahead by 9 points at the interval.

Tipperary upped the pace in the second half though to be fair and were quick out of the blocks, with the McGrath brothers coming to the fore. John hit 0-04 second half points and Noel grabbed a 46-minute goal for the Premier. Tipperary hit five second half points in a row without a Cork response, The game was end to end to be fair and it advertised what was good about Munster hurling, fair tackling, some superb skills and a fantastic atmosphere. Noel McGrath’s goal on 46 minutes had the gap down to three, John then picked off two points and the teams were level 2-17 to 1-20 with 10 minutes to go.

Cork pushed on with Kingston tapping over two sublime points before Harnedy registered his fifth of the day from play. The game looked up for Tipperary now, but credit must go to Mick Ryan’s charges as Forde landed a 65, McGrath pointed from play and then young Jake Morris tapped over to grab a draw at the death for Tipperary.

Cork will play Limerick next weekend, while Waterford play Tipperary. Two cracking games to look forward to yet again.

Man of the match: Shane Kingston

TIPPERARY: Brian Hogan; Seán O’Brien, Séamus Kennedy, Michael Cahill; Joe O’Dwyer, Ronan Maher, Pádraic Maher; Brendan Maher (0-01), Billy McCarthy (0-01); Patrick Maher (0-01), Noel McGrath (1-03), Dan McCormack; Séamus Callanan (0-01), Jason Forde (1-06, 0-04f, 0-02’65), John McGrath (0-05).

Subs: John O’Dwyer (0-01) for Patrick Maher (HT), Jake Morris (0-01) for Callanan, Ger Browne for McCarthy (both 70).

CORK: Anthony Nash; Seán O’Donoghue, Damien Cahalane, Colm Spillane; Mark Ellis, Christopher Joyce, Mark Coleman; Darragh Fitzgibbon, Bill Cooper (0-02); Luke Meade, Conor Lehane (0-02), Daniel Kearney (0-04); Séamus Harnedy (0-05), Shane Kingston (1-05), Patrick Horgan (0-05, 0-02f).

Subs: Brian Lawton for Meade (54), Tim O’Mahony for Kearney (59), Jamie Coughlan for Kingston (70).

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