Monday 25 September 2017

'We'll talk about this game for years to come' - Henry Shefflin leads the acclamation for Cork's epic win over Tipp

Seamus Harnedy of Cork falls to his knees as Cork supporters rush to celebrate victory, over Tipperary, after the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Tipperary and Cork at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Co Tipperary. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Seamus Harnedy of Cork falls to his knees as Cork supporters rush to celebrate victory, over Tipperary, after the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Tipperary and Cork at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Co Tipperary. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

Kieran Kingston's much-maligned Cork team threw their hat into the ring for All-Ireland honours after conjuring an inspired display to topple Tipperary by 2-27 to 1-26.

The game will go down as one of the greatest Munster championship encounters of all-time as the ancient rivals traded blows from the first minute to the last in a breathless contest.

Conor Lehane, Shane Kingston and Pat Horgan were in terrific form up front, while Mark Ellis, Damien Cahalane and Mark Coleman were immense in defence.

Mikey Cahalane's 69th minute goal was the crucial score of the game that was nip-and-tuck from the throw-in.

Tipp, to their credit, contributed so much to this epic encounter with Michael Breen, Dan McCormack and Seamus Callanan.

The Rebels march on to Munster semi-final, while the Premier county, who are now 4/1 to retain the Liam McCarthy Cup, must run the gauntlet of the qualifiers.

Ger Loughnane led the praise for both sides on RTE's The Sunday Game.

"Sometimes they serve up something that is beyond words. Munster championship back to its best. It was epic from start to finish. I hope if the structure is changed, that we don't miss out on games like that," he said.

Fellow panellist Henry Shefflin added: "This is a game we'll talk about for years to come. It ebbed and flowed from one side of the field to the other. It was just magnificent. I don't know how Tipp stayed in there, Cork played out of their skins and they still only won by four points."

"It opens up the Championship. We needed a game like that. Roll on the summer" was Cyril Farrell's assessment.

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