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Horan brace eases way for Tipperary

Cathal Horan bagged two first-half goals as Tipperary recorded a easy 10-point win over Cork in this semi-final play-off in Thurles.

The impish Mullinahone star struck in the ninth and 27th minutes as the Premier County set up a semi-final meeting with Clare.

Liam McGrath eclipsed Horan in the scoring stakes with a nine-point haul from placed balls against a Cork side that hit just five points from play in front of 2,137 spectators.

Cork, having played with the breeze in the opening half, trailed by 0-8 to 2-5 at the break. But the Leesiders hauled themselves to within a point five minutes after half-time when Pa O'Callaghan netted but Tipp pulled away with minimum fuss as Cork then went 19 minutes without a score.

Scorers -- Tipperary: L McGrath 0-9 (7f, 2 '65s), C Horan 2-2, C Hammersley, J McGrath 0-2 each, D McCormack 0-1. Cork: R O'Shea 0-5 (4f), P O'Call-aghan 1-0, K McIntyre 0-2, D Cahill, D Sweetman 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY -- S Hassett; J Bourke, J Meagher, J Peters; T Hamill, J Forde, C Barrett; B Maher, E Fennelly; P Ralph, D McCormack, J McGrath; C Hammersley, L McGrath, C Horan. Subs: S Kenn-edy for Barrett (57), B Heffernan for J McGrath (59)

CORK -- G Minihane; Anthony Dennehy, C Spillane, Alan Dennehy; C Barry, C Walsh, K Burke; S O'Keeffe, K McIntyre; A Cadogan, D Cahill, C Murphy; P O'Callaghan, D Sweetman, R O'Shea. Subs: C Buckley for Barry (inj 6), T Condon for Alan Dennehy (h-t), D Morrissey for Anthony Dennehy (h-t), C Cullinane for Cadogan (48), J Fitzgerald for O'Keeffe (51).

Ref -- P Casey (Waterford)

Irish Independent