Cork 1-16 Tipperary 1-29
Tipperary booked their place in the quarter final stages of the Allianz Hurling League with a very commanding 13 point win over Munster rivals Cork at Pairc Ui Rinn on Sunday.
Tipperary put in a massive performance. Liam Sheedy’s men trailed Cork by 0-05 to 0-03 in the early exchanges, but they hit three points to take the lead, a lead they wouldn’t surrender. Tipperary had the wind in the first half and they took in a 0-16 to 0-06 lead at half time. Jason Forde, Michael Breen and Padraic Maher outstanding for them. Forde, Breen, O’Meara, Noel McGrath and Bubbles O’Dwyer fired over points. Horgan cut the gap with his third of the day. Tipp though hit five in a row, with Silvermines man Forde proving very accurate from placed balls. Cork failed to get on any kind of scoring run which would have helped cut the gap. Forde hit three frees, while Jake Morris and Michael Breen also scored. Alan Cadogan was then forced off with injury which was a massive blow for John Meyler’s men just before the break. Shane Kingston replaced him but he hit a few wides in the space of a couple of minutes.
Cork’s luck could have changed on the restart when Cormac Murphy’s effort was let slip by Tipperary keeper Paul Murphy but it went out for a 65 rather than a goal. The resulting 65 went over, but Tipperary never looked like losing and they tagged on points through Michael Breen who finished with 0-06 from play, then came the game clinching score with Noel McGrath finding Forde who finished to the net 1-17 to 0-07 and game over. Cork got two of the next four points, but the Premier reeled off six points in a row to close out the game. Breen, Callanan and Morris coming to the fore once again. Cork got a point from Robbie O’Flynn but they were reduced to 14 men when Seamus Harnedy struck with the hurley and was sent off by Sean Cleere. Aidan Walsh got a consolation goal to finish the scoring.
Tipperary: Paul Maher; Joe O’Dwyer, James Barry, Cathal Barrett; Ronan Maher, Pádraic Maher, Robert Byrne; Noel McGrath (0-01), Michael Breen (0-06); John McGrath (0-01), Niall O’Meara (0-02), Séamus Callanan (0-03, 0-01 free); John O’Dwyer (0-01), Jason Forde (1-13, 0-08 frees, 0-01 65), Jake Morris (0-02).
Subs: Patrick Maher for Forde (59, injured), Alan Flynn for Joe O’Dwyer (60), Barry Heffernan for O’Meara (64), Mark Kehoe for Callanan (68).
Cork: Anthony Nash; Darren Browne, Damien Cahalane, Stephen McDonnell; Christopher Joyce, Tim O’Mahony, Eoin Cadogan; Cormac Murphy, Bill Cooper (0-01); Dan Dooley, Séamus Harnedy, Aidan Walsh (1-00); Alan Cadogan (0-01), Conor Lehane (0-04), Patrick Horgan (0-06, 0-05 frees).
Subs: Shane Kingston (0-01) for Alan Cadogan (32, injured), Mark Coleman (0-01) for Eoin Cadogan, Luke Meade (0-01) for Dooley (both half-time), Robbie O’Flynn (0-01) for Murphy (52), Jack O’Connor for Walsh (70, injured).
Referee: Seán Cleere (Kilkenny).