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The game at a glance

Man of the match: Patrick Maher (Tipperary):All the other Tipperary forwards scored more than him, but he put in a huge amount of work in creating chances, especially in the opening half. He was also hugely instrumental in Tipperary's decisive third goal late on.

Turning point

Tipperary's third goal in the 65th minute. Cork had outscored them by 0-11 to 0-5 over the previous 25 minutes and while the hosts had stabilised, they were still vulnerable. However, Benny Dunne's goal put Tipperary five points clear and on their way to the Munster semi-final.

Talking point

The tenacity of Cork's revival gives them genuine hope heading for the qualifiers. Seven points down after 46 minutes, they showed real courage to score seven unanswered points. Against a lesser team than the All-Ireland champions, Cork's momentum would probably have been enough to win the day.

Ref watch

Brian Gavin gave a fine performance. He let the game flow as much as possible and was an unobtrusive presence all day, which is always a good sign of a referee.

What they said

Declan Ryan (Tipperary manager):

"In any Cork-Tipp game you'll get periods when a team gets a run. Cork got theirs in the second half, but we never panicked. The lads showed great composure. We have the forwards to take the chances if we create them and we did that well at different times."

Denis Walsh (Cork manager):

"We had most of the momentum in the second half, so Tipperary's goal was a real setback. We were disappointed to be seven points down at half-time because we hadn't played badly, but got caught for two goals, which came off little enough, in the space of a few minutes. "

match statistics

Wides: Cork 10 (5); Tipperary 5 (3)

Frees: Cork 17 (8); Tipperary 9 (5)

Yellow cards: Cork 1 (S McDonnell 20), L McLoughlin (44), P Cronin (61); Tipperary 3 (D Young 48, C O'Mahony 66, L Corbett 69)

Red cards: Cork 0; Tipperary 0

Attendance: 31,231

What next?

Tipperary play Clare in the Munster semi-final on June 19; Cork head for the All-Ireland qualifiers on June 18 or 25.

Irish Independent