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Tim O'Mahony of Cork (right) celebrates with team-mate Darragh Fitzgibbon after scoring their side's third goal against at FBD Semple Stadium in Thurles, Tipperary. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Tim O'Mahony of Cork (right) celebrates with team-mate Darragh Fitzgibbon after scoring their side's third goal against at FBD Semple Stadium in Thurles, Tipperary. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Tim O'Mahony of Cork (right) celebrates with team-mate Darragh Fitzgibbon after scoring their side's third goal against at FBD Semple Stadium in Thurles, Tipperary. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

For Tipperary, this stark day curdled into what surely felt like hurling’s equivalent of being inside a barrel, going over Niagara Falls.

Cork ate them without salt on their own field, essentially ignoring the inconvenience of a slow start to devour men whose championship ambitions are now over, but whose summer might yet pitch them into a relegation battle if Kerry win the Joe McDonagh.


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