Walsh the Cork hero as quick-fire strikes torpedo Tipp

Cork 0-16 Tipperary 1-11

Walsh the Cork hero as quick-fire strikes torpedo Tipp

Cork 0-16 Tipperary 1-11

It was 70 years and three days since Tipperary last beat Cork in the senior football championship, but for almost 70 minutes it looked as if that counter would be reset back to zero.

Not until Cork sub Aidan Walsh kicked the three of three consecutive points in 72nd minute did Cork lead in the second half, with Barry O’Driscoll’s insurance point adding unwarranted cruelty to a Tipperary side which had battled so hard for so long.

Conor Sweeney’s goal just before half-time had put them in a great position and they clung on bravely in the second half as the hosts struggled to make any significant inroads, despite bringing heavyweights off the bench.

From the off, Tipp showed that they meant business in their quest for a first win over Cork since June 18, 1944 as Peter Acheson and Sweeney responded to Daniel Goulding’s opener for Cork, and though Barry O’Driscoll tied matters, Tipp then reeled off three in a row as Cork floundered.

In front of a crowd of 4,192, the Rebels looked to have got into a groove as Mark Collins, John Hayes and Paul Kerrigan impressed during an unanswered five-point period, with Goulding getting two frees.

Instead of pushing on and living up to their pre-match billing as strong favourites, however, Cork couldn’t get away from their opponents. Steven O’Brien and Barry Grogan tied the game again before Cork had points from Collins and Fintan Goold, but John Hayes failed to avail of a chance to move five points clear, Acheson doing brilliantly to keep his shot off the line.

Less than a minute later, Tipp had the lead again as O’Brien found Sweeney with a lovely ball over the Cork defence and he coolly finished to leave it 1-7 to 0-9 at half-time.

With Walsh and Eoin Cadogan having been introduced before the start of the second half, Cork could have been expected to up the tempo again, but Tipp were not going to be easily overpowered. Sweeney scored a point and then added a point from play as they possessed a 1-10 to 0-10 lead with 20 minutes left as Cork began to empty their bench, with Colm O’Neill among those brought on.

Both sides were getting anxious now, with very bad wides registered, and though two O’Neill frees had Cork back to within a point, Tipp sub Brian Mulvihill left them within touching distance of victory. Instead, Walsh would have the significant say in the outcome.

CORK: K O’Halloran; M Shields, T Clancy, N Galvin; J Loughrey, P Kelly, J O’Rourke; A O’Sullivan, F Goold (0-1); M Collins (0-2), P Kerrigan (0-1), B O’Driscoll (0-2); D Goulding (0-3f), B Hurley (0-1f), J Hayes (0-1).

Subs: A Walsh (0-3) for O’Sullivan (34), E Cadogan for Goulding (half-time), C O’Neill (0-2f) for Kerrigan (46), C O’Driscoll for Collins (51), D Óg Hodnett for Hurley (53), C Vaughan for Clancy (62).

TIPPERARY: P Fitzgerald; P Codd, C McDonald, G Mulhair; C O’Riordan (0-1), R Kiely, P Acheson (0-1); S O’Brien (0-1), G Hannigan; P Austin, I Fahey, B Fox; C Sweeney (1-4, 0-3f), M Quinlivan (0-1), B Grogan (0-2f).

Subs: B Mulvihill (0-1) for Fahey (44), J Coghlan for Austin (58), C McCullough for Grogan (60), H Coghlan for Hannigan (66), A Campbell for Mulhair (69).

Referee: F Kelly (Longford).

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