O'Leary puts Rebels into overdrive
Published 24/03/2011 | 05:00
Cork cruised to a final meeting with old rivals Kerry after dismissing Tipperary at Pairc Ui Rinn.
Cork's Michael O'Leary was their star turn, manag-ing to kick three fine points while running the game from midfield.
O'Leary was ably assisted by Mark Collins, who bagged 0-8 and always kept Tipp's rearguard on their toes.
Cork raced into a five-point lead early on, only to be pegged back by a Donagh Leahy goal on 10 minutes.
The Rebels responded well and again opened up a five-point gap, before the visitors goaled once more on the stroke of half-time.
Cork led by three at the break (0-10 to 2-1) and then went into overdrive in the second period, racking up another 11 points.
Scorers - Cork: M Collins 0-8 (5f), B O'Driscoll (1f), C Sheehan 0-4 each, M O'Leary 0-3, P Honahan 0-2. Tipperary: D Leahy, D McGrath 1-0 each, C Sweeney, L Boland, P Acheson 0-1 each.
Cork - S Mellet; L Jennings, D Cahalane, A Cronin; P Daly, T Clancy, J Wall; M O'Leary, A Walsh; C Sheehan, M Collins, J O'Rourke; D Og Hodnett, B O'Driscoll, P Honahan. Subs: E Buckley for Hodnett (53), T Clancy for Wall (55), D Nation for Walsh (55).
Tipperary -- J English; R Kiely, J Ryan, M Hanly; D Leahy, E Kenrick, J O'Callaghan; D Heffernan, P Acheson; B Hewitt, A Maloney, A Matassa; C Sweeney, D Butler, D McGrath. Subs: G Ryan for E Kenrick (17), M O'Dwyer for Hewitt (h-t), L Boland for Butler (42), T Hanly for Maloney (44), K O'Riordan for M Hanly (55)
Ref -- M Condon (Waterford).