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Casey strike proves crucial as Rebels stay on track for glory

A BLITZ of scoring after the interval at Semple Stadium enabled champions Cork to booked a semi-final clash against Clare on June 19.

A third successive victory against Tipperary in this grade took last year's beaten All-Ireland finalists another step towards a third successive provincial title.

A late flurry from Tipp brought a degree of respectability to the score, as Cork had led by eight points in the closing stages.

At half-time, wind-assisted Tipp led by just a point -- 1-8 to 1-7 -- having clawed back a four-point deficit with a run of 1-2 before the break.

Cork's Michael O'Sullivan and Tipp forward Philip Ivors traded first-half goals before Colm Casey's 38th- minute goal put the Rebels firmly in the driving seat.

With a host of U-21 stars in their ranks, Cork held firm in the first half as Darragh Hickey and Tipp senior footballer Philip Austin went close to adding a second goal before the break.

A quickfire haul of 1-3 after half-time, including Casey's goal, handed Cork the initiative and the visitors led until the finish.

Cork's youthful enthusiasm was key as five of their six starting forwards scored from play, as well as both midfielders.

Scorers -- Cork: M Sexton 0-5 (4f), M O'Sullivan 1-2, C Casey 1-1, D Drake 0-4, T Murphy 0-2, J Wall, B Corry 0-1 each. Tipperary: P Ivors 1-2, L Dwan 1-0, R McLoughney, J Ryan (1f) 0-2 each, J McLoughney, T Stapleton (1f), P O'Dwyer, D Hickey, E Sweeney, B Fox 0-1 each.

CORK -- D McCarthy; J Carey, R Cashman, S White; T Healy, M Ellis, S Corry; B Corry, M Sexton; D Drake, M O'Sullivan, C Casey; J Wall, T Murphy, B Lawton. Subs: B Withers for White (h-t), E Conway for O'Sullivan (60).

TIPPERARY -- J Logue; A Byrnes, G Hannigan, K Maher; J Moloughney, T Stapleton, R Sherlock; J Ryan, P O'Dwyer; D Hickey, W O'Dwyer, P Austin; E Sweeney, P Ivors, R McLoughney. Subs: B Fox for P O'Dwyer (27), D O'Brien for Austin (40), D O'Brien for W O'Dwyer (47), L Dwan for R McLoughney (50), T Dalton for Ivors (55).

Ref -- D O'Driscoll (Limerick).

Irish Independent