Wednesday 13 December 2017

Double delight for Rebels as minors book final berth

Cork 2-22 Tipperary 2-19

Sean O’Leary Hayes (left) and James Keating celebrate Cork’s victory over Tipperary. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Sean O’Leary Hayes (left) and James Keating celebrate Cork’s victory over Tipperary. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

Brian Turnbull and Daire Connery were on fire again for Cork as the Rebels ended Tipperary's reign as Electric Ireland Munster and All-Ireland minor hurling champions.

Having required Evan Sheehan's goal deep in stoppage time at the end of extra-time to salvage a draw last Thursday evening in Thurles, Denis Ring's charges made no mistake at the second attempt.

But Cork made hard work of it as the finish - as an 11-point second half lead was whittled down to just one.

Kevin McCarthy's goal for Tipperary in the second minute of stoppage time had the visitors within striking distance - before Turnbull and Connery added late points.

The free-scoring Cork pair collected 0-16 between them in the drawn match - and bagged 0-14 last night in front of a bumper 8,142 attendance at Páirc Uí Rinn.

Next Sunday, the young Rebels will contest the county's first provincial minor final since 2008 - and will join their seniors on a double-bill with Clare.

Tipperary's Robbie Quirke tries to block Craig Hanafin. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Tipperary's Robbie Quirke tries to block Craig Hanafin. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Craig Hanafin was another to excel for Cork, sniping 1-4 from play over the hour.

Registering

Despite registering eight of their 12 wides in the first half alone, Ring's young guns were still 2-11 to 0-10 clear at half-time.

After Tipp, playing with the breeze, had cruised into an early 0-4 to 0-1 lead, Cork opened up with a devastating scoring run that yielded 2-5 without reply.

Daire Connery celebrates as he scores a late point from a free. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Daire Connery celebrates as he scores a late point from a free. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Hanafin netted in the fifth minute, taking a pass from Liam O'Shea before finishing well, and O'Shea himself raised a green flag six minutes later.

That run left Cork 2-6 to 0-4 in front - an eight-point lead - before Tipp stopped the rot through Jake Morris, who would finish with five points from play.

Cork could have had another goal but O'Shea blazed in the 22nd minute and Tipp rallied to just about remain in touch at the break.

Cork kicked on in the second half, however, to establish a 2-17 to 0-12 lead by the 42nd minute.

Tipp came roaring back but lost Jerome Cahill to a second yellow card in the final minute of normal time - and the hosts held out.

Anthony McKelvey scoring a point for Tipperary during the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship semi-final replay between Cork and Tipperary at Páirc Uí Rinn, Cork. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Anthony McKelvey scoring a point for Tipperary during the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship semi-final replay between Cork and Tipperary at Páirc Uí Rinn, Cork. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Scorers - Cork: B Turnbull 0-8 (4f), C Hanafin 1-4, D Connery 0-6 (0-2f, 0-1 sl), L O'Shea 1-0, R Downey 0-2, S O'Leary Hayes & E Sheehan 0-1 each. Tipperary: D Woods 0-6 (5f), J Morris 0-5, A McKelvey 0-4f, C Bourke & K McCarthy 1-0 each, C Bowe 0-3, N Hoctor 0-1.

Cork - G Collins; E Roche, J Keating, C O'Callaghan; B Roche, S O'Leary Hayes, A Walsh Barry; G Millerick, D Connery; E Sheehan, C Hanafin, D Linehan; L O'Shea, R Downey, B Turnbull. Subs: D Hanlon for O'Shea (51), B Murphy for Sheehan (58).

Tipperary - E Collins; M Purcell, M Feehan, J Cahill; R Quirke, C Morgan, K Breen; B O'Mara, P Cadell; C Bowe, J Morris, R McCormack; N Hoctor, A McKelvey, C McCarthy. Subs: D Woods for McCarthy (h.t.), E Connolly for O'Mara (h.t.), K McCarthy for Breen (42),

Ref - J Murphy (Limerick).

Cork's Conor O'Callaghan breaks away from Conor McCarthy. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Cork's Conor O'Callaghan breaks away from Conor McCarthy. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

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