Tipperary crush Cork in Pairc Ui Rinn to reignite league title ambitions
Cork 1-16 Tipperary 1-29
Tipperary’s Allianz League ambitions are back on track after a must-win success over Cork in Pairc Ui Rinn.
Defeat would have left Tipperary out of contention for the title, a concern which provoked the right reaction after three successive defeats against Limerick, Wexford and Kilkenny.
Having spent last week in a training camp in Spain, this was a chance for Tipperary to show if it had any immediate impact, which they duly did with a superb performance.
They led by 0-16 to 0-6 at half time after playing with a strong wind which they exploited to the maximum.
Cork did well enough early on and were only a point behind (0-5 to 0-4) after 14 minutes.
However, they managed only two more points before half time while Tipperary added 0-11. Quick and slick, Tipperary also brought real determination to their efforts, enabling them to win most of the one-on-one aerial contests and the ground scrambles.
Their forwards interchanged to good effect, regularly stretching the Cork defence to snapping point. It got no better for Cork in the third quarter, during which Tipperary added a further 1-9.
A goal from Jason Forde, who finished on 1-13, early in the second half added to Cork’s woes, which deepened further when Seamus Harnedy was sent off on a straight red card in the 55th minute.
Forde was forced off with an injury in the 58th minute but it’s not thought to be serious.
Michael Breen was also in excellent form, shooting six points from play.
Conor Lehane led a Cork revival in the final quarter, which included a goal from Aidan Walsh in the 59th minute, but Tipperary had so much in hand that there was never any doubt that they would book a place in the quarter-final (v Dublin) while Cork will play Kilkenny in a rather meaningless contest to decide which group they enter in next year’s reformatted League
Scorers: Tipperary: J Forde 1-13 (8f, 1’65’), M Breen 0-6, S Callanan 0-3 (1f), N O’Meara, J Morris 0-2 each, John O’Dwyer, N McGrath, J McGrath 0-1 each.
Cork: P Horgan 0-6 (4f 1 ‘65’), C Lehane 0-4, A Walsh 1-0, A Cadogan, S Kingston, M Coleman, L Meade, B Cooper, R O’Flynn 0-01 each.
Cork: A Nash; D Browne, D Cahalane, S McDonnell; C Joyce, T O’Mahony, E Cadogan; C Murphy, B Cooper; D Dooley, S Harnedy, A Walsh; P Horgan, C Lehane, A Cadogan.
Subs: S Kingston for A Cadogan (33), L Meade for Dooley (ht), M Coleman for E Cadogan (ht), R O’Flynn for Murphy (58), J O’Connor for Walsh (72).
Tipperary: P Maher; C Barrett, J Barry, Joe O’Dwyer, R Maher, Padraic Maher, R Byrne; N McGrath, M Breen; J McGrath, S Callanan, N O’Meara; John O’Dwyer, J Forde, J Morris.
Subs: Patrick Maher for Forde (58), A Flynn for Joe O’Dwyer (60), B Heffernan for O’Meara (64), M Kehoe for Callanan ( 68).
Ref - S Cleere (Kilkenny)