Tuesday 26 September 2017

Curran's late point just enough to see Tipp through

Tipperary 0-18 Cork 0-17 MUNSTER U-21 HC

A LATE scoring surge from Tipperary earned them a place in the semi-finals at Pairc Ui Chaoimh last night.

Trailing by four points after David Drake put Cork 0-16 to 0-12 ahead in the 52nd minute, Tipp just managed to reel in their hosts.

Amazingly, Sean Curran's winner was the first time in the game that Ken Hogan's side had led, Cork suffering from a poor second half when they were limited to two points from play.

Cork had been the better side for much of the first half, though they never led by more than three points.

Conor Lehane's 10th-minute effort put Cork ahead by 0-4 to 0-1, Then, though Tipp captain John O'Dwyer, who finished with nine points, cut the gap with a free, Drake responded immediately.

In the last 10 minutes of the half, Tipp upped their game, Brian Stapleton cutting the gap to 0-9 to 0-8 on 28 minutes. However, late points from Eoin O'Sullivan and Coughlan gave Cork a three-point interval lead.

The relocation of Stapleton to centre-back, with Niall O'Meara going to midfield, helped to stabilise Tipp in the second half and his long-range effort on 48 minutes made it 0-14 to 0-11.

When Drake scored his third point, following nice play from O'Sullivan, the Rebels were 0-16 to 0-12 ahead, but they would score just once more.

Two from O'Dwyer and a fine Curran point brought Tipp to within one point and though Jamie Coughlan edged Cork clear, the momentum was now going Tipp's way.

Curran profited from sub Aidan McCormack's pass to ensure that there would be no need for extra- time as he won it.

Tipp play Limerick in the semi-finals on July 18.

Scorers -- Tipperary: J O'Dwyer 0-9 (0-5f), S Curran 0-3, D Collins 0-2, B Stapleton, D McCormack, É Murray, L McGrath 0-1 each. Cork: J Coughlan 0-9 (0-7f), C Lehane, D Drake 0-3 each, C Joyce (0-1 65), E O'Sullivan 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY -- Paul Ryan; S Maher, A Ryan, Pa Ryan; W Ryan, D Maher, J Cahill; B Stapleton, D McCormack; D Collins, S Curran, N O'Meara; L McGrath, J O'Dywer, É Murray. Subs: C Hogan for D Maher (45), A McCormack for Murray (48), T Heffernan for D McCormack (52).

CORK -- S Nyhan; P O'Mahony, D Cahalane, C Spillane; D O'Mahony, C Joyce, P O'Brien; N Kelly, D Drake; M Sugrue, J Cronin, C Lehane; J Coughlan, D Brosnan, E O'Sullivan. Subs: K Kavanagh for Spillane (8, injured), B Murray for Brosnan (44), C Murphy for Kelly (53), P Haughney for Cronin (59).

Ref -- P Casey (Waterford).

Irish Independent

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