O'Neill to the fore as Rebels edge Tipperary
Cork 1-14 Tipperary 0-12 (McGrath Cup)
Cork's senior footballers continue their run through the early-season McGrath Cup with next weekend's semi-final set to be their third competitive match of 2015, and it's still only mid-January.
Rebel boss Brian Cuthbert welcomed the opportunity for "game-time" for his extended squad which saw Donncha O'Connor notching up 1-4 in the first half in Clonmel yesterday, a converted penalty and four superb points from play, and that fired them to an interval lead which was rarely threatened by the home team in a game which proved relatively high-scoring for the time of year.
"It was a tough game," Cuthbert said afterwards. "Tipp are a good physical team, they could have beaten us in the championship in Cork last year, maybe they should have beaten us. Certainly they didn't hold back today but sure you wouldn't expect them to hold back. It was a case of a tough game and that's what you want."
After a brief flurry at the start, when George Hannigan scored after 40 seconds before a Cork player had touched the ball, Tipp quickly found themselves on the back foot.
Tipperary manager Peter Creedon described it as "a great workout at this time of year, considering we're not back that long," following a protracted senior club championship which only ended on St Stephen's Day. "It was a good competitive workout, we're happy," said Creedon.
Scorers - Cork: D O'Connor 1-4 (1 pg), C O'Neill 0-7 (5f, 1 '45'), M Collins 0-1, D McEoin 0-1, J Hayes 0-1. Tipperary - C Sweeney 0-5 (3f), G Hannigan 0-2, B Grogan 0-2, R Kiely 0-1, S Kennedy 0-1, M Quinlivan 0-1.
Cork: K O'Halloran, S O'Donoghue, T Clancy, J Loughrey, J O'Sullivan, E Cadogan, D Hazel, M Cussen, M Collins, C O'Driscoll, D O'Connor, J O'Rourke, D McEoin, C O'Neill, B Hurley. Subs: J Hayes for B Hurley, K O'Driscoll for M Cussen, F O Deasuinaigh for J O'Rourke, G Durrant for D O'Connor, P Hodnett for C O'Driscoll, L Jennings for T Clancy.
Tipperary: C Nugent, A Campbell, P Codd, A Morrissey, G Hally, R Kiely, S Kennedy, G Hannigan, P Acheson, I Fahy, B Grogan, B Fox, C Sweeney, C O'Riordan, M Quinlivan. Subs: J Feehan for G Hally, L Casey for I Fahy, D Kearney for P Acheson, L Boland for G Hannigan, P Shanahan for B Grogan, J Keane for C Sweeney.
Ref: R Moloney (Limerick)