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Monday 18 December 2017

O'Sullivan goal seals victory for Leesiders

Cork 1-18
Tipperary 1-12
Munster IHC quarter-final

All-Ireland champions Cork came from behind to secure a comfortable victory at Páirc Ui Chaoimh yesterday.

Tipperary raced into a 1-4 to 0-1 lead, with Cathal Dillon netting, but the hosts, inspired by wing-back Kevin Hartnett, rallied with nine points on the trot.

The visitors recovered to reduce the deficit to 0-10 to 1-6 at the break, but Michael O'Sullivan's brilliant 47th-minute goal proved crucial and Cork cruised home.

Scorers -- Cork: E Conway 0-8 (0-6f), M O'Sullivan 1-2, J Halbert, D O'Callaghan (0-2f), B Fitzgerald 0-2 each, B Corry, M Harrington 0-1 each. Tipperary -- C Dillon 1-3 (0-2f), S Carey 0-4 (0-3f), M Dunne 0-2 (0-1 sideline), P Murnane, W O'Dwyer, R Sherlock 0-1 each.

CORK -- D McCarthy; J O'Callaghan, K Lane, B Coleman; S White, T Healy, K Hartnett; D O'Callaghan, B Fitzgerald; E Conway, B Corry, B Lawton; M O'Sullivan, M Harrington, J Halbert. Subs: D Crowley for O'Callaghan (40), B Cooper for Fitzgerald (60), C Casey for Halbert (61).

TIPPERARY: B McCormack; A Byrnes, G Hannigan, L Mackey; E Hanley, N Teehan, R Sherlock; W O'Dwyer, J Coghlan; M Dunne, P Austin, P Buckley; S Carey, C Dillon, P Murnane. Subs: C Larkin for Buckley (42), W Keogh for Murnane (44), K Dwyer for Dunne (48).

Ref -- Seanie McMahon (Clare)

Armagh 4-15
Derry 2-13
Ulster mHC quarter-finals

Armagh fired four goals in a devastating eight-minute period in the first half to storm into the semi-final.

Conor McKee grabbed the first two -- from a free and then a 30-yard drive -- before Michael Garvey and the impressive Conor Corvan raised further green flags.

Derry responded with three points, but Armagh went into the break 10 points to the good.

Although Niall Ferris pulled back a goal, Armagh forged clear, making Se McGuigan's late goal a mere consolation.

scorers -- Armagh: C Corvan 1-8 (0-4f), C McKee 2-1 (1-1f), C McNally 0-5, M Garvey 1-0, P Heaney 0-1. Derry: N Ferris 1-2, S McGuigan 1-1, C Convery (0-1f), B Og McGilligan, R Craig, O O'Docherty 0-2 each, A Armstrong (0-1f), R Farren 0-1.

Armagh -- S Docherty; C Rushe, F Corvan, J McInerney; N Duffy, C McKee, T Marley; T Donnelly, P Heaney; M Toal, C Corvan, A Mackle; M Garvey, S Gaffney, C McNally. Subs: E Carvill for M Toal, E Robb for M Garvey.

Derry -- C O'Kane; A McGillian, D Mullan, J O'Lochlainn; K McKaigue, K Conway, P McGrath; T McCloskey, C Convery; S McGuigan, B Og McGilligan, O O'Docherty; R Farren, A Armstrong, N Ferris. Subs -- R Craig for P McGrath.

Down 1-17
Donegal 0-7

Down breezed into the semi-finals at Casement Park on Saturday, but their management will have serious concerns about the 17 wides they hit.

The Mournemen led by just 1-6 to 0-5 at the break, with Danny Toner firing home a goal, but Brendan Tourish's free-taking kept Donegal in touch.

With the wind behind them in the second half, Down pulled away to run out comfortable if unim-pressive winners.

Scorers -- Down: D Toner 1-2 (0-1f), E McMullan, D McGlinchey, C Bailie (0-3f) 0-3 each, E Conway (0-1 '65), N Torney 0-2 each, R Curran, L McMullan 0-1 each. Donegal: B Tourish 0-6f, M O'Reilly 0-1.

Down -- B McKeating; D Hughes, C Flynn, B Nicholson; C Mulholland, R Curran, C O'Neill; E Conway, N Whyte; C Bailie, D Toner, N Torney; D McGlinchey, G Roddy, E McMullan. Subs: L McMullan for N Whyte, E Fitzgerald for G Roddy, C Cassidy for C O'Neill.

Donegal -- A Nelson; J Browne, P Doherty, D McLaughlin; C Flood, C McDermott, S Gallen; B Tourish (0-6f), D Coyle; M Gillespie, M O'Reilly (0-1), S Mulhern; K Meehan, C Gallen, J Ireland. Subs: C Browne for J Ireland, G Quinn for S Mulhern, C McDonagh for M Gillespie, K Boyce for K Meehan, L Wilson for C Flood.

Ref -- J Devlin (Tyrone).

Irish Independent

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