Tuesday 12 December 2017


Man of the match

Patrick 'Bonner' Maher

Tipperary's No 11 didn't score but don't be misled by that. His ball-winning and direct running was a key part of Tipperary's attacking strategy.

Turning point

Noel McGrath's goal in the 46th minute gave Tipperary the lead for the first time since the early minutes.

Talking point

When will common sense prevail in relation to the advantage rule? John O'Brien scored a goal for Tipperary in the 44th minute but it wasn't allowed as the referee had blown his whistle for a foul on 'Bonner' Maher.

Magic Moment

Tipperary's goal came from a clearance from Brendan Cummins which was fetched spectacularly by 'Bonner' Maher. He fed John O'Brien who sent Lar Corbett on his way. A crisp pass to Noel McGrath and the Cork net was dancing.

Ref watch

A good performance from Brian Gavin who looked as if he was in for a very busy day after booking Padraic Maher and Cathal Naughton before the throw-in. However, things settled down quickly after that.

They said

Declan Ryan (Tipperary manager): "The lads showed today how much pride they have in the blue and gold. They put in a super effort. That game will stand us in good stead. Tipperary's record hasn't been great down here ... so it's nice to win in a tight finish like that."

Jimmy Barry-Murphy (Cork manager): "We put in a huge effort today but inexperience may have counted against us in the end. The disallowed goal was a major factor. We lost today but I still think we're moving in the right direction."

Match stats

Wides: Cork 6 (4 first half); Tipperary 5 (2 first half).

Frees: Cork 16 (9 first half); Tipperary 14 (6 first half).

Yellow Cards: Cork 4 (Cathal Naughton before throw-in; P Cronin 38, B Murphy 43, C O'Sullivan 63); Tipperary 5 (Padraic Maher before throw-in; J O'Brien 27 & 48, P Bourke 30, C O'Mahony 46.

Red Cards: Cork 0; Tipperary 1 (J O'Brien 48).

Attendance: 32,568.

What next?

Tipperary play Waterford in the Munster final on July 15; Cork play Offaly or Dublin in the All-Ireland qualifiers on July 7.

Irish Independent

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