Monday 20 February 2017

Leesiders second-half blitz crushes Tipp

Published 03/08/2015 | 02:30

Amy O’Connor’s goal just before the interval was a critical turning point
Amy O’Connor’s goal just before the interval was a critical turning point

All-Ireland champions Cork produced a power-packed second half to return to the semi-finals after a 2-17 to 0-10 victory over Tipperary.

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Cork only had a point to spare when the teams met in the Munster final and this was just as tight in the first half, with Amy O'Connor's goal just before the interval a critical turning point.

Cáit Devane continued her sharpshooting form with five points, and with Mairead Teehan and Gemma Grace also finding the target, Tipp looked set to lead at the interval. But Ashling Thompson, Orla Cotter, Orla Cronin and Julia White kept the Leesiders in touch, just two points down, before O'Connor made it 1-6 to 0-8.

Paudie Murray's outfit roared into the second half and a Katrina Mackey goal pushed them four clear. Tipp had Brid Quinn sent off for a second yellow card and Cork took advantage.

O'Connor led the charge, while Mackey and Briege Corkery also raised white flags. Devane scored two points for Tipp, but not even a late dismissal for a second yellow card for Gemma O'Connor could derail the champs.

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