Sunday 25 August 2019

Magical Murphy strike seals comeback glory for Rebels

Eirgrid All-Ireland U-20 FC semi-final: Cork 2-17 Tyrone 1-18

Cork midfielder Brian Hartnett (left) battles for possession with Tyrone’s Darragh Canavan during yesterday’s EirGrid All-Ireland U-20 FC semi-final in Tullamore. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Cork midfielder Brian Hartnett (left) battles for possession with Tyrone’s Darragh Canavan during yesterday’s EirGrid All-Ireland U-20 FC semi-final in Tullamore. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Brian Lowry

A red card for Tyrone midfielder Joe Oguz and a stunning solo goal from Jack Murphy in the space of two minutes turned yesterday's clash decisively in Cork's favour, as the Rebel County came from seven points down early in the second half to record a two-point win over the Ulster champions in Tullamore and set up a final date against Dublin.

As gaps opened up after the red card, the fresh legs of the Cork bench made a huge contribution, firing 1-5, and once Jack Murphy gave them a foundation with a superb run and finish, the Rebels always looked like the most likely winners.

Cork also looked strong in the early stages, taking a decisive lead when Colm O'Callaghan fielded a high, hopeful delivery from Peter O'Driscoll on the edge of the square.

With Tyrone hands clambering all over him to dispossess him, he just about got the ball away to Cronin, who duly placed the ball in between Lorcán Quinn and the near post of the Tyrone goalkeeper.

Tyrone responded well with a superb goal from Daragh Canavan and they added the next seven points in a row, playing some scintillating football as they did so, to move 1-10 to 1-6 in front by half-time.

The first five minutes of the second-half suggested that the Red Hand County were well-poised to kick on and win well, as Tiarnán Quinn brought his tally to six points with two more excellent scores from play inside a minute.

Tyrone's Mark McKearney in action against Cork's Mark Cronin. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Tyrone's Mark McKearney in action against Cork's Mark Cronin. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Cork had other ideas, however, and they edged their way back into the game.

Four points on the spin cut it back to a three point game, but Tyrone were clever in their play and tagged on two scores to maintain their distance.

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Things were about to change, though, once Oguz received a second yellow card for his high tackle on Seán Meehan.

Two minutes later Jack Murphy had sliced the defence open and Cork were back within a point, and they never looked back from that point on.

Cork's Peter O'Driscoll, centre, and team-mates celebrate. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Cork's Peter O'Driscoll, centre, and team-mates celebrate. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Éanna Ó'Hanlon, Fionn Herlihy and Mark Hodnett all kicked points off the bench and while Michael Conroy kept Tyrone's noses in front until the 58th minute, five minutes of stoppage time was enough to let Cork finish off the job.

Scorers - Cork: C O'Mahony 0-7 (5f); M Cronin 1-2 (1f); J Murphy 1-0; C Barrett, É O'Hanlon, F Herlihy 0-2 each, B Hartnett, M Hodnett 0-1 each. Tyrone: T Quinn 0-6 (2f); S Óg McAleer 0-5 (2f); D Canavan 1-1; J Garrity, M Conroy (1f) 0-2 each; P Óg McCartan, E Jordan 0-1 each.

Cork - J O'Keeffe; M Mahoney, M Shanley, P Ring; G O'Donovan, S Meehan, P O'Driscoll; B Hartnett, D O'Connell; C Barrett, B Murphy, C O'Callaghan; M Cronin, C O'Mahony, D Gore. Subs: E O'Hanlon for O'Connell (28), J McCarthy for O'Donovan (34), J Murphy for O'Callaghan (36), F Herlihy for B Murphy (41), M Hodnett for Mahoney (55), S Hickey for Meehan (60+2, black card).

Tyrone - L Quinn; A Clarke, C Quinn, P Mullan; C Grimes, A Fox, C Devlin; J Oguz, R Gormley; P Óg McCartan, D Canavan, M McKearney; T Quinn, S Óg McAleer, J Garrity. Subs: C Goodwin for Fox (9), D McGuigan for Goodwin (29, black card), E Jordan for McCartan (42), M Conroy for T Quinn (48), M Murnaghan for Devlin (58)

Cork's Blake Murphy in action against Tyrone's Cahir Goodwin. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Cork's Blake Murphy in action against Tyrone's Cahir Goodwin. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Ref - Seán Laverty (Antrim)

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