Dineen masterclass as Cork retain title

Cork 0-18 Tipperary 1-9

Centre-forward Dineen accounted for nine points of his side’s tally as Cork retained their title with ease against a Tipperary side that never threatened to unseat the defending champions.

As reigning All Ireland champions, Cork were forced to field a completely new team for this year’s campaign and showed the depth of talent there is in the county with an emphatic victory over their rivals, their third in as many weeks.

While Dineen’s superb free taking was crucial to Cork’s success, their defence must also take a great deal of the credit for this latest victory.

Apart from the opening ten minutes, during which the teams were level three times, Cork completely blotted out the Tipp forwards principally due the brilliance of Rory McCarthy, Timmy Lordan, Liam Hayes and captain Brendan Walsh.

Tadhg Healy was excellent at midfield while up front, Eoin Conway, Rory O’Doherty and Seamus Hayes also made telling contributions.

Tipp were a huge disappointment, they fielded without John Leahy from the start and even his introduction five minutes before half time failed to lift them and only Brian Hogan, Brian Lawlor and Shane Maher looked the part.

Tipp had the advantage of a strong wind in the opening half and led by two points after three minutes. Cork settled well after the early Tipperary flurry of scores and were level at 0-4 each at the end of the opening quarter, principally due to Dineen’s excellent free taking.

The game lacked any real sparkle being dominated by a litany of frees. Tipp were very wasteful from good positions which cost them several scores, while Cork made maximum use of limited possession in attack to lead 0-7 to 0-6 at the break.

There was a huge improvement in Cork’s play on the changeover. And they added five points without reply to lead by double scores after 38 minutes.

Tipp needed a goal if they were to stay in touch but their forwards could make no impression on a rock solid Cork defence.

The magnificent free taking of Darren Dineen ensure Cork remained well out of Tipp’s reach and by the end of the third quarter, the Leesiders had a commanding nine point lead, 0-17 to 0-8 and were never going to be caught from that position.

The goal Tipperary craved finally came in the 55th minute when John Leahy’s 20 metre free found the net, but it was a token score and a superb point by Rory Doherty put the seal on a very workmanlike performance by the defending champions, who will be hard to beat in the All Ireland series on this form.

Scorers: Cork; D. Dineen 0-9 (0-8 frees), C. O’Reilly 0-3, P. McGrath, E. Conway 0-2 each, S. Hayes, R. O’Doherty 0-1 each. Tipperary; J. Leahy 1-1 (1-0 free), T. Slevin, B. Gaynor, (frees), B. Hogan (0-1 free, 0-1 65), 0-2 each, D. Maher, R. O’Brien 0-1 each.

CORK: A Nash, J Crowley, L Hayes, R McCarthy, B Walsh, T Lordan, D Fitzgerald, T Healy, J Olden, E Conway, D Dineen, P McGrath, C O’Reilly, R O’Doherty, S Hayes. Sub. B. O’Dwyer for McGrath.

TIPPERARY: D Hogan, B Lawlor, D O’Brien, M Phelan, S Sweeney, S Maher, E Hanley, B Hogan, C O’Brien, P Buckley, T Slevin, S McGrath, S Everard, B Gaynor, D. Maher. Subs; J. Leahy for Gaynor, R. O’Brien for Everard, S. Stapleton for Sweeney, G. Slattery for Buckley.

Referee: P Moore (Waterford).

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