Wednesday 7 December 2016

Fairbrother leads Tipp fightback to stun Cork

Munster MHC semi-final: Tipperary 0-23 Cork 1-15

Denis Hurley

Published 01/07/2016 | 02:30

Tipperary’s Cian Darcy and Conor Stakelum celebrate their victory. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Tipperary’s Cian Darcy and Conor Stakelum celebrate their victory. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

An amazing 11-point swing at Pairc Ui Rinn book Tipperary’s place in the provincial final.

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The visitors trailed by 1-9 to 0-9 at half-time and Cork got the first three points of the second half, Jack O’Connor with one while sub Evan Sheehan got two.

Tipperary's Cian Darcy in action against Cork's Ross Howell. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Tipperary's Cian Darcy in action against Cork's Ross Howell. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Incredibly, though, the hosts would score just one of the next ten points as Tipp took over in the middle sector while Lyndon Fairbrother was deadly accurate from placed balls.

The Premier County have moved 0-18 to 1-13 ahead with ten minutes left but Cork levelled through Josh Beausang and Matthew Bradley.

Tipp powered on again, though, to rubberstamp their progression to the final against Limerick in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday week.

Points from the excellent Paddy Cadell, Brian McGrath, Ger Browne, Walsh and Fairbrother’s free – his tenth in all – sealed victory.

Tipperary's Cian Darcy of Tipperary in action against Cork's Ross Howell. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Tipperary's Cian Darcy of Tipperary in action against Cork's Ross Howell. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Cork led 0-5 to 0-2 before Cian Darcy was to the fore as Tipp reeled off four in a row. Then, a point attempt from Cork’s Jack O’Connor’s fell short but Tipp keeper Ciaran Barrett couldn’t deal with it and Beausang drilled home.

Daniel Gunning and Liam Healy put Cork four ahead, and when they began the second half so well, a first final since 2008 seemed in prospect, but Tipp found an extra gear.

Scorers – Tipperary: L Fairbrother 0-10 (8fs), D Walsh 0-4, B McGrath (1f, 1 ‘65’), C Darcy 0-2 each, P Cadell, G Browne, M Kehoe, R Doody, C Flanagan 0-1 each. Cork: J Beausang 1-7 (0-6fs), J O’Connor 0-3, E Sheehan 0-2, M Bradley, L Healy, D Gunning 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY – C Barrett; K O’Dwyer, M Whelan, G Dunne; J Cahill, B McGrath, J Morris; P Cadell, G Browne; R Doody, C English, M Kehoe; E Barry, L Fairbrother, C Darcy. Subs: C Flanagan for English (28), D Walsh for Barry (half-time), K Breen for Dunne (34), S Neville for Morris (47), C Stakelum for Doody (60).

CORK - G Collins; P Lyons, N O’Leary, D Guiney; J Cooper, S O’Leary Hayes, E Clifford; L Healy, C O’Mahony; S Condon, M Bradley, T Deasy; J O’Connor, D Gunning, J Beausang. Subs: R Howell for Lyons, E Sheehan for Condon (both half-time), J Saich for O’Mahony (41), B Turnbull for Healy (50), J Geary for Gunning (59).

Referee - J Murphy (Limerick).

Tyrone call Morgan

Niall Morganhas been restored to the Tyrone No 1 jersey for Sunday's Ulster SFC semi-final replay with Cavan in Clones.

Morgan replaces Mickey O'Neill after the Red Hand conceded three goals in the drawn game, with the only other change seeing Darren McCurry come in in place of Richard Donnelly.

Cavan have named an unchanged team for the eagerly-awaited clash.

Elsewhere, Tipperary have suffered a late injury setback ahead of Sunday's Munster SFC final against Kerry, with confirmation that Ian Fahey will play no part in the match.

Fahey (22) has been laid low by a foot injury picked up in a recent challenge outing against Roscommon.

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