Tipperary 0-08, Cork 2-06 (half-time)
Cork lead Tipperary by four points at half-time in their Munster football final clash at Semple Stadium.
After a poor opening 10 minutes for the Rebels, two Brendan Jer O’Sullivan goals gave the favourites the advantage.
Home advantage looked to be suiting unfancied Tipperary as they got off to a flying start with three points from Declan Browne and two from Peter Lambert inside the opening 12 minutes.
Cork got off the mark with a Murphy point in the seventh minute.
However, the Rebels began to assert their authority as Colin Corkery scored from play before Brendan Jer O'Sullivan soloed in and squeezed a goal past Philip Ryan in the Tipp net in the 17th minute.
Fionnan Murray and Philip Clifford quickly followed up with points.
Liam England converted a 45 to keep Tipp in touch but Cork again hit back twice through Fionnan Murray and a Colin Corkery free.
Brendan Jer O’Sullivan went for a point in the 33rd minute but a goal keeping error by Philip Ryan saw BJ clock up his second goal of the half.
O’Sullivan shot from 25 yards and the ball looked to be going over the bar at Ryan’s near post, but the goalkeeper fumbled and saw the ball sweep past him into the top left corner.
However, the first-half belonged to Tipp corner forward Declan Browne, who quickly cut Cork’s deficit by putting over another two to take his first-half tally to five from play.