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Tenacious Cork battle from behind to claim their fourth win in a row

Cork 3-13 Tipperary 0-21

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Luke Connolly’s goal for Cork in the 49th minute put the Rebels in front for the first time. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Luke Connolly’s goal for Cork in the 49th minute put the Rebels in front for the first time. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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Luke Connolly’s goal for Cork in the 49th minute put the Rebels in front for the first time. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Cork made it four wins from four in Division 3 of the National Football League as they came from behind to edge out Munster rivals Tipperary at Semple Stadium, Thurles last night.

The rebels trailed by three at half time but two second half goals saw them hit the front and had to withstand a late Tipp rally with the help of a sin-binning to maintain their perfect start.

The home side included four players making their first senior starts, including Riain Quigley who scored with his first touch on seventy seconds while Sean O'Connor and Colman Kennedy did likewise inside nine minutes as Tipp raced into a five point lead before Cork opened their account on ten minutes from Mattie Taylor.

Cork managed to get back on terms by the 26th minute with the help of a Ruairi Deane goal with John O'Rourke also influential.

However, Tipp responded well to the Cork rally and reeled off the next five points with Moloney, Evan Comerford and three from Jack Kennedy to go five in front going into injury time where O'Rourke and Cathail O'Mahony reduced the arrears to 0-12 to 1-6 at half time.

Tipp continued where they left off at the start of the second half with Jack Kennedy and sub Liam Boland on target but Cork got back into the game with a Luke Connolly penalty after Mattie Taylor was fouled.

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Cathail O'Mahony of Cork in action against Alan Campbell of Tipperary. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Cathail O'Mahony of Cork in action against Alan Campbell of Tipperary. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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Cathail O'Mahony of Cork in action against Alan Campbell of Tipperary. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Cork were slowly turning the screw and Luke Connolly's goal on 49 minutes put them in front for the first time with sub Ciaran Sheehan stretching the lead.

Cork went four clear when Sheehan went to the sin-bin on 64 minutes. Tipp converted three frees to cut the arrears to one but time ran out for the home side.

Scorers - Cork: L Connolly 2-2 (1-0 pen, 0-1m); C O'Mahony 0-5 (2f); R Deane 1-0; J O'Rourke 0-2; S Powter 0-1; M Taylor 0-1; C Kiely 0-1; C Sheehan 0-1. Tipperary: J Kennedy 0-5 (3f); C Sweeney 0-4 (4f); S O'Brien 0-2; R Quigley 0-2; E Moloney 0-2; L Boland 0-2; E Comerford 0-1 (45); C Kennedy 0-1; B Fox 0-1; S O'Connor 0-1. Tipperary: E Comerford, A Campbell, J Meagher, T Fitzgerald; K Fahey, R Kiely, B Maher; S O'Brien, J Kennedy, E Moloney, C Kennedy, B Fox, R Quigley, C Sweeney, S O'Connor.

Subs: L Boland for C Kennedy (29 inj); L Fahey for K Fahey (44); K O'Halloran for Quigley (58); J Lonergan for O'Connor (58); J Nyland for K Fahey (65).

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Cork manager Ronan McCarthy. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Cork manager Ronan McCarthy. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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Cork manager Ronan McCarthy. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Cork: M Martin; S Powter, J Loughrey, P Ring, T Clancy, M Taylor, C Kiely; I Maguire, K O'Hanlon, J O'Rourke, S White, B Hartnett; R Deane, C O'Mahony, L Connolly .

Subs: L O'Donovan for Taylor (blood 21-27); C Sheehan for White (44); L O'Donovan for Kiely (50); C O'Callaghan for O'Mahony (57); P Walsh for Powter (61); K O'Driscoll for O'Hanlon (65).

Referee: B Cawley (Kildare).

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Riain Quigley of Tipperary in action against Seán Powter of Cork. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Riain Quigley of Tipperary in action against Seán Powter of Cork. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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Riain Quigley of Tipperary in action against Seán Powter of Cork. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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