Sport Hurling

Monday 29 May 2017

Game at a glance

Man of the match

Aisake O hAilpin (Cork)

There were plenty of contenders in the Cork team, but O hAilpin deserves top rating because of the manner in which he asserted himself from the start.

Turning point

Tipperary cut the deficit to a point just after half-time, but Cork hit four points between the 40th and 45th minutes which set them on their way.

Talking point

The manner in which Cork took over in the second half. Their work rate was far superior to Tipperary's. One point from play in the second half says it all about Tipp's performance.

Ref watch

Barry Kelly always asserted an air of control, especially when the exchanges over-heated. Aisake O hAilpin would have felt he might have been awarded a few more frees.

They said

Denis Walsh (Cork manager)

"We built up good momentum from the League and we kept it going today. We set out to take the initiative and we managed to do that. We kept things tight in defence and midfield and when the scoring chances came the forwards took them."

Liam Sheedy (Tipperary manager)

"No complaints. It was just one of those days. We were beaten in every sector. We just didn't perform, but we now have to regroup and set about correcting things that went wrong."

Match statistics

Wides: Cork 7 (2); Tipperary 4 (2).

Frees: Cork 15 (8); Tipperary 10 (4).

Yellow Cards: Cork 3 (R Curran 31, E Cadogan 46, M Cussen 64); Tipperary 4 (P Maher 13, E Kelly 33, N McGrath 39, S Hennessy 74). Attendance: 36,827.

What next?

Cork play Limerick in the Munster semi-final on June 20; Tipperary head for the All-Ireland qualifiers.

Irish Independent

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