Thurles thriller ends in draw

Cork and Tipperary will replay the Munster football final next Sunday at Pairc Ui Chaoimh after a thrilling game ended in a draw at Semple Stadium.

Tipperary 1-14, Cork 2-11 (result)

Cork and Tipperary will replay the Munster football final next Sunday at Pairc Ui Chaoimh after a thrilling game ended in a draw at Semple Stadium.

After Cork battled back from three points down in the second-half Colin Corkery stuck over a point to give his side the lead going into injury-time.

However, Tipperary rallied and battled back and it was left to corner-back Niall Kelly to strike the equaliser in the last minute.

Tipp, down by four points at the interval, stepped up a gear for much of the second-half and through inspirational corner-forward Declan Browne, fought back to lead by three.

However, Cork had their own superb forward and a string of points by Colin Corkery saw the Rebels draw level and then take the lead.

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, Tipp corner forward Declan Browne quickly cut Cork’s deficit by putting over another two to take his first-half tally to five from play.

Despite Colin Corkery getting the opening point of the second-half, Tipp took control and a free from Declan Browne, quickly followed by a point from Paul Curran saw the deficit reduced to two.

Browne - who now had Anthony Lynch switched on him - put over another free before gathering a catch from Peter Lambert and shooting for goal.

His effort was parried out by Cork keeper Kevin O'Dwyer but the ball fell to substitute Benny Hickey, who found the net to give Tipperary the lead at 1-11 to 2-07.

Peter Lambert and Declan Browne (his eighth point of the game) then added frees to further Tipp's lead.

However, again Cork battled back and three Colin Corkery points (two from frees) left the sides level for the second time in the game with seven minutes to go at 1-13 to 2-10.

Corkery added another on the stroke of full time before Niall Kelly stepped up to be the unlikely hero to grab a draw and a replay for Tipp.

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