But times have changed and the sight of the red jersey doesn’t hold anything like the same fear for the Premier county, who have become an underage force to be reckoned with in the last four years.
Captain and full-forward Michael Quinlivan leads the line but Greg Henry and Liam McGrath are both capable operators and the midfield pairing of Steven O’Brien and Colin O’Riordan can provide a strong platform. For Cork, Kevin Fulignati, who played in defence in Cork’s other two games, is named at midfield alongside Ian Maguire, but Cork’s wing-forwards Killian O’Hanlon and Seán Kiely are comfortable operators around the middle. Up front, in the absence of Cathal Vaughan, Dan MacEoin and Alan Cadogan have picked up a lot of the scoring slack and John Corkery can also contribute.
CORK: M Martin (Nemo Rangers); J Davis (Douglas), C Dorman (Bishopstown), S Cronin (Nemo Rangers); B O’Driscoll (Tadhg Mac Cárthaigh), S White (Clonakilty), K Crowley (Millstreet); K Fulignati (Nemo Rangers), I Maguire (St Finbarr’s); K O’Hanlon (Kilshannig), M Sugrue (Bandon), S Kiely (Ballincollig), D Mac Eoin (Ilen Rovers), J Corkery (Aghabullogue), A Cadogan (Douglas).
Subs: J McDonnell (St Finbarr’s), S Ryan (do.), K Histon (Cobh), TJ Brosnan (Newmarket), K Kavanagh (Carrigaline), D Murphy (Valley Rovers), K McIntyre (Carrigaline), D Harrington (Adrigole), C O’Sullivan (Clyda Rovers).
TIPPERARY: G Slattery (Cashel King Cormacs); N O’Sullivan (Moycarkey-Borris), J Feehan (Killenaule), C O’Sullivan (Galtee Rovers); A McGuire (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), S Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials), B Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash); S O’Brien (Ballina), C O’Riordan (JK Brackens); J McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), I Fahey (Clonmel Commercials), G Henry (Killenaule); L McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), M Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials), S Flynn (Fr Sheehys).