Henry and Quinlivan secure minor honours for Tipperary
TIPPERARY 3-11 CORK 1-9
A SUPERB second-half performance inspired Tipperary to a first title in 16 years at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney, yesterday.
The Premier minors pulled away from pre-match favourites Cork thanks to a powerful Greg Henry strike and a 50th-minute Michael Quinlivan penalty.
Level at the break on 1-7 apiece, after a first half in which Cork enjoyed the better of the play, Tipperary raced out of the traps in the second period, with Henry's goal in the 40th minute pushing them 2-8 to 1-8 in front, after Quinlivan and Cork's Dan McEoin (free) had swapped early scores.
The impressive TJ Ryan and flying wing-back Colin O'Riordan, with his second score of the afternoon, added points to push Tipperary into a 2-10 to 1-8 lead midway through the second half.
With Cork struggling for scores, a David Harrington effort -- just their second, and last, score of the half -- raised spirits but only momentarily, as Tipperary then landed the biggest punch of the afternoon when Quinlivan made no mistake from the penalty spot after he was pulled down in the square.
With Tipperary leading 3-10 to 1-9 in the final 10 minutes, Cork resorted to pumping long balls into tall full-forward Stephen O'Mahony, but that much-needed goal never came.
An Ian Fahey '45' for Tipperary, after a Colman Kennedy shot was saved, rounded off a wonderful day for the county, who claimed their first Munster MFC crown since 1995, though Cork did look the better team in the opening half.
Despite their first-half superiority, Cork just couldn't pull away from a Tipperary team that looked dangerous in almost every attack, with Ryan leading the way, scoring 0-5 in the first half alone.
A fine individual goal from Tipperary captain Liam McGrath edged them 1-1 to 0-3 ahead but Cork responded well to move 1-5 to 1-2 in front when McEoin, after fielding a long Darragh Murphy ball, turned his marker and shot to the back of the Tipp net.
But a strong Tipperary finish, with Ryan to the fore, saw the teams level at half-time, after which the Premier lads wrote their names in the history books.
Scorers -- Tipperary: TJ Ryan 0-6 (2f), M Quinlivan (1-0 pen), G Henry 1-1 each, L McGrath 1-0, C O'Riordan 0-2, I Fahey 0-1 ('45'). Cork: D McEoin 1-4 (3f), B O'Driscoll 0-2 (2 '45') , T Brosnan, M Sugrue, D Harrington 0-1 each.
Tipperary -- G Slattery; N Sullivan, C O'Sullivan, S Kennedy; C O'Riordan, D Fitzell, A McGuire; S O'Brien, I Fahey; G Henry, P Quirke, B Maher; L McGrath, M Quinlivan, TJ Ryan. Subs: J Meagher for A McGuire (30); C Kennedy for TJ Ryan (53); J Lonergan for G Henry (55), D Lonergan for M Quinlivan (60); D Butler for B Maher (60).
Cork -- J McDonnell; J Davis, K Fulignati, S Cronin; K Crowley, B O'Driscoll, T Brosnan; S Kiely, D Murphy; M Sugrue, A Cadogen, C Vaughan; D McEoin, S O'Mahony, C O'Sullivan. Subs: C Dorman for K Crowley (3); D Harrington for A Cadogen (h-t); K Kavanagh for C Dorman (35); K McIntyre for T Brosnan (42); J Corkery for C O'Sullivan (52).
Ref -- P O'Sullivan (Kerry).