Tipp were three down with time running out when a long ball dropped near the Cork goal — Sonny Maher flicked it over the Cork full-back, Con Murphy, and Jimmy Kennedy pulled first time: goal.
The whistle blew for full time when the ball was pucked out. Tipp won the replay and were on the way to three in a row.
Cork were trying to stop Tipperary win four in a row when the game took a decisive twist: Liam Dowling dived full-length to turn the ball into the Tipp net.
Unfortunately for Cork, the referee had blown his whistle, but under close encouragement from Christy Ring allowed the goal to stand: Cork were on the way to their own three in a row.
Tipperary, a point up, were holding out grimly for a Munster title in Limerick when a long ball dropped into their keeper, the legendary Tony Reddin. Uncharacteristically, Reddin dropped the sliotar and Paddy Barry buried the loose ball for the winner.
Years later Reddin confessed that Tom O’Sullivan of Cork had tapped his funny bone, numbing his arm, causing him to drop the ball.
Cork were second best to Tipperary late on in the Centenary Munster final when a Tipp attack was broken up by Denis Mulcahy, who cleared to Tony O’Sullivan, whose shot was brought down by Tipp keeper John Sheedy... only for O’Leary, in where a corner-forward should be, to goal, and plunge Tipperary into despair. Cork collected two more All-Irelands in the next three years.
Tipp were overdue a renaissance and Nicky English’s goal wasn’t the match-winner, but it showed them victory was possible.
The ball ran through to English, hurley-less, one on one with Ger Cunningham. English bent the ball into the corner with his right boot with a finish Maradona would have been proud of, and the famine was almost over.
Cork were huge underdogs in the 1990 Munster final, a point underlined by Babs Keating’s rather unwise comments beforehand. With the first half almost up, a Kieran McGuckian sideline cut was batted to the net by Mark Foley, who ended the game with an incredible 2-7. Foley’s first goal was the score that instilled belief in the Cork support that the day would be theirs.
A wide in a list of scores? It’s generally accepted that Nicky English’s late, late effort against Cork in this year’s Munster final went over the bar rather than wide, which was the officials’ decision.
The upside was that it gave us another day out, with Tipperary winning the replay — another superb game.
The two sides were at a crossroads when they met in Killarney in the qualifiers, and Cork were the decisive ones after an even first half. Timmy McCarthy, on as a sub, went through for the game-turning goal early in the second half, and Cork were on the way to two consecutive All-Ireland titles.
McCarthy had been dropped after that year’s Munster final; after the Tipperary game he told the Cork management they wouldn’t be dropping him again.
This, another qualifier, was low-key (only 12,000 attended) and intense, though it wasn’t a knockout encounter but the last of a series of group games.
Tipp overcame the odds, and the controversial omission of Eoin Kelly, to win through thanks to Carroll’s fine point late on. The victory gave Tipperary the upper hand between the teams in recent years.