Tipperary brush toothless Cork aside in damp squib to set up Limerick semi
Tipperary produced a dominant display to comfortably beat Cork in heavy rain at Semple Stadium.
Despite the awful weather, a healthy crowd of just under 30,000 turned up for this much-anticipated clash but they left disappointed after a completely one-sided contest.
Cork’s defensive system managed to prevent Tipp finding the net but it ultimately proved counter-productive as the Rebels struggled to pose an attacking threat for long periods themselves.
Tipp were on top from the first minute when Padraic Maher fired over their first point.
John O’Dwyer doubled their lead before Alan Cadogan got Cork’s first point of the day.
Tipperary then scored five points in a row through Seamus Callanan (2), Brendan Maher, John McGrath and O’Dwyer to take control of the contest early on.
Pat Horgan and Brian Lawton edged Cork back into the game before O’Dwyer and Conor Lehane traded frees.
Tipp went up a gear in the final 10 minutes of the half to move out of sight.
Noel McGrath got himself on the scoresheet and frees from Callanan (2) and O’Dywer extended Tipp’s lead to eight points (0-12 to 0-4).
As Cork slipped further and further behind, the match became hard to watch, the weather was miserable and even Hawkeye added to the negatively – declaring a ‘níl’ on its first ever use at Semple Stadium to rule a Dan McCormack effort wide.
As the half drew to a close, two further points from O’Dwyer left Tipp firmly in the driving seat at half time (0-14 to 0-5).
The Premier County picked up where they left off after the break and quick-fire points from Callanan and McGrath extended their lead to 11 points.
The scoreline looked like it could get highly embarrassing for Cork but to their credit they rallied with a run of four points in a row.
Indeed, Pat Horgan had a close-range free to reduce the deficit to six points but he chose to go for goal instead and saw his effort saved.
In hindsight it was a poor decision by the forward and he was replaced soon afterwards.
Tipp responded well to Cork’s mini revival and they saw out the rest of the game comfortably with McGrath and Callanan prominent in almost every attack.
The latter finished the game with eight points and Limerick will have to produce something special to reduce his influence in their semi-final clash.
It’s back to the drawing board for Cork ahead of the qualifiers after a bitterly disappointing display and a defeat that was every bit as comprehensive as the final scoreline of 0-22 to 0-13 suggests.
Tipperary: D Gleeson; C Barrett, J Barry, M Cahill; S Kennedy, R Maher, P Maher; B Maher, M Breen; S Curran, D McCormack, N McGrath; J O'Dwyer, S Callanan, J McGrath.
Subs: B Maher for S Curran, N O’Meara for J O’Dwyer, K Bergin for M Breen
Cork: A Nash; D Cahalane, M Ellis, C O'Sullivan; L McLoughlin, C Joyce, C Murphy; D Kearney, W Egan; B Cooper, C Lehane, B Lawton; A Cadogan, S Harnedy, P Horgan.
Subs: A Walsh for D Kearney, J Cronin for B Cooper