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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Cork ease past Tipp to take Munster under-21 crown

Published 10/04/2013 | 21:01

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10 April 2013; Cork captain Damien Cahalane, along with team-mates, celebrates with the cup after victory over Tipperary. Cadbury Munster GAA Football Under 21 Championship Final, Tipperary v Cork, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Cork captain Damien Cahalane celebrates along with his team-mates

Cork ended Tipperary's bid for a third successive Munster under-21 crown with an emphatic 1-17 to 0-9 victory at Semple Stadium.

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Tipperary playing with the aid of the aid of a slight breeze opened the scoring through a Liam McGrath free and Shane Leahy fluffed a good chance for the Premier County soon afterwards.

Alan Cadogan levelled for the Rebels who went into a 0-4 to 0-2 lead with Tipp's wayward shooting not helping their cause.

Tipp finally began to assert and reeled off three unanswered points before the break to go in 0-5 to 0-4 in front.

Alan Cadogan restored parity within seconds of the off with Cork now playing with the elements in their favour.

Both sides traded points before a brace from Luke Connolly and a Brian Hurley point put the Rebels back in front by three with Tipp beginning to struggle.

Cadogan added his third point of the night and he gave the Tipp half-back line a torrid time all night.

Shane Leahy kicked two quickfire points for Tipp to narrow the gap and then Billy Hewett had a chance to put Tipp in front but Cork's David Hanrahan pulled off a great save.

Cork needed a response and they got the perfect one as Mark Sugrue found the net and Dan MacEoin added a point as Cork stretched their advantage to six points.

The goal knocked the stuffing out of Tipp and Cork dominated the remainder of the game to record an 11 point victory.

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