Tipp and Cork end even thanks to dramatic leveller from Jake Morris

Tipp and Cork end even thanks to dramatic leveller from Jake Morris
Anthony Nash of Cork in action against John O’Dwyer of Tipperary during the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 2 match between Tipperary and Cork at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Tipperary. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile.

Tipperary...2-20

Cork...1-23

Michael Moynihan, Semple Stadium

This Munster SHC round-robin second round game ended honours even thanks to a dramatic late leveller from Jake Morris of Tipperary.

Cork defended the Town End in the first half and were far sharper in attack, pulling the Tipperary full-back line all over the field as they jumped to a 0-7 to 0-0 lead.

Tipperary’s first score was a cracking solo goal from Jason Forde on 14 minutes, and a Brendan Maher point immediately afterwards helped them cut the lead to 0-7 to 1-3 by the three-quarter stage.

Cork hit six points on the spin, however, to reassert their dominance, and when Shane Kingston finished from an acute angle on 30 minutes it was 1-13 to 1-4, and Cork were nine points up at the half, 1-15 to 1-6.

Tipp were better on the resumption, hitting five points to cut Cork’s lead, one a monster Forde free. Conor Lehane pushed Cork’s lead back to six before Noel McGrath struck for goal - 2-13 to 1-19 on 47 minutes.

This led to an exciting third quarter, with both sides vying for supremacy - John McGrath levelled the game with eleven minutes left and it was anybody’s.

Shane Kingston pushed Cork three ahead but Forde and John McGrath cut the lead to two. After a lengthy delay for Hawkeye Browne proved the leveller.

Noel McGrath of Tipperary celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 2 match between Tipperary and Cork at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Tipperary. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile.
Noel McGrath of Tipperary celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 2 match between Tipperary and Cork at Semple Stadium in Thurles, Tipperary. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile.

Scorers for Tipperary: J. Forde (1-6)(4 frees, 2 65s); N. McGrath (1-3); J. McGrath (0-5); Patrick Maher, B. Maher, B. McCarthy, S. Callanan, J. O’Dwyer, J. Morris(0-1 each).

Scorers for Cork: S. Kingston (1-5); P. Horgan (3 frees) S. Harnedy (0-5 each); D. Kearney (0-4); C. Lehane, B. Cooper (0-2 each).

TIPPERARY: B. Hogan, S. O’Brien, S. Kennedy, M. Cahill, J. O’Dwyer, R. Maher, Padraic Maher (c), B. Maher, B. McCarthy, D. McCormack, N. McGrath, Patrick Maher, S. Callanan, J. Forde, J. McGrath.

Subs: P. Feehan for Padraic Maher (blood 12-14); J. O’Dwyer for Patrick Maher (HT); J. Morris for Callanan and G. Browne for McCarthy (71).

CORK: A. Nash, S. O’Donoghue, D. Cahalane, C. Spillane, C. Joyce, M. Ellis, M. Coleman, D. Fitzgibbon, B. Cooper, S. Harnedy (c), C. Lehane, D. Kearney, L. Meade, S. Kingston, P. Horgan.

Subs: B. Lawton for Meade (53); T. O’Mahony for Kearney (59); J. Coughlan for Harnedy (71).

Referee: J. Keenan (Wicklow).

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