Thursday 26 April 2018

Clinical Cork make light work of Tipp to book spot in Munster junior final

Cork 1-21 Tipperary 0-10

Gavin Ryan of Tipperary in action against Michael Vaughan, left, and Brian Coughlan of Cork. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Gavin Ryan of Tipperary in action against Michael Vaughan, left, and Brian Coughlan of Cork. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
David Butler of Tipperary in action against Diarmuid Colfer of Cork. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Niall McKenna of Tipperary in action against Bart Daly of Cork. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

Clinical Cork had Michael Vaughan, Killian O'Hanlon and Mark Sugrue in free-scoring form as they demolished Tipperary by 14 points in yesterday's Munster JFC semi-final in Thurles.

The Rebels, aiming for a first provincial crown since 2013, booked a final spot with Kerry on June 30 after leading from start to finish.

Vaughan, O'Hanlon and Sugrue bagged 12 points from play between them as Gerry O'Connor weighed in with three of his four points from placed balls.

And given Kerry's struggles against Clare in Killarney yesterday, Cork will feel confident of avenging their heavy final defeats against the Kingdom in 2014 and again last year.

Leading by 1-11 to 0-6 at half-time, Cork pushed on after the break and inflicted further punishment on Tipp.

Fielding four players who started the EirGrid U21 final defeat to Mayo, and with Sean O'Leary boosting that contingent by coming off the bench, Cork had too much craft and guile for their outclassed hosts.

One of those U21 stars, Kieran Histon, scored a 19th minute goal as Cork stormed into a 1-5 to 0-3 lead and they were nine clear twice in the first half before claiming an eight-point interval lead.

Tipp managed just five points from play in the entire game, two of them supplied by one of last year's minor stars, Aidan Buckley, and they never looked like mounting a second half comeback.

Scorers for Cork: M Sugrue 0-6 (2f, 1 45), M Vaughan 0-5, K O'Hanlon & G O'Connor (3f) 0-4 each, K Histon 1-0, B Coughlan & D Harrington 0-1.
Scorers for Tipperary: J Ryan 0-4f, A Buckley 0-2, T Hanley, D Butler (f), J Kennedy & S Grogan 0-1 each.
CORK: A Casey; D Colfer, P Murphy, J Mullins; D O'Neill, B Daly, K Histon; B Coughlan, C Brosnan; M Vaughan, K O'Hanlon, R Harkin; M Sugrue, G O'Connor, D Harrington.
Subs: E Buckley for Harrington (44), S O'Leary for Brosnan (50), C Moynihan for Harkin (50), N McCarthy for Histon (52), TJ Brosnan for Mullins (53), P Condon for Vaughan (56).
TIPPERARY: J McDonald; C O'Connor, R O'Callaghan, A McGuire; L Moore, E Moloney, G Ryan; A Buckley, C Dillon; T Hanley, N McKenna, J Bergin; J Ryan, D Butler, J Kennedy.
Subs: M O'Dwyer for McKenna (h.t.), D Bargary for Moloney (39), S Grogan for Butler (40), TJ Ryan for Hanley (44), D Hayes for Dillon (51), G Peters for McDonald (54).
Referee: S Joy (Kerry)

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