Monday 22 January 2018

Game at a Glance

Player of the match

Dan McEoin (Cork)

Tyrone's full-forward John McCullagh was another major contender, but the manner in which McEoin, with four of his 0-5 from play in the second half, led Cork throughout was outstanding.

Turning point

Both goals. Tyrone's seemed to kick-start Cork into action and when the Rebels got their own, it inspired them to cut another eight-point deficit back to the minimum with a second amazing rally.

Talking point

The manner in which Cork made such a comeback after reverting to a simple long-ball tactic. Why didn't they take the 'route one' approach much earlier.

Ref watch

Michael Duffy made a tough handling call against Cork in the dying seconds and could probably have also played more additional time, but otherwise had an excellent game and was extremely consistent.

What they said

Ray Munroe (Tyrone manager):

"Cork brought on big men, the ball started to break for them and we needed a bit of luck. We got through for the goal and fortunately the save broke in our favour and Ronan (O'Neill) kicked it over. It's only now you realise how vital a score that was."

Brian Cuthbert (Cork manager):

"What happened was that time ran out, simple as that. We had the momentum and I thought there was a lot more time, I couldn't believe when I saw just two minutes (of injury-time), but over the full hour Tyrone were probably the better team."

Match statistics

Wides: Tyrone 2 (1); Cork 9 (5).

Frees: Tyrone 17 (8); Cork 17 (11).

Yellow cards: Tyrone 3 (R Devlin 14, HP McGeary 39, R O'Neill 60); Cork 2 (J Burns 36, J O'Rourke 44).

Red cards: Tyrone 0; Cork 0.

Attendance: 81,604.

Irish Independent

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