Cork 0-14 Tipperary 0-17 : Premier stun Rebels for famous victory in Munster final

Tipperary have won their first Munster title since 1935, stunning Cork 0-17 to 0-14 in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Tipp have ended a 85-year wait. Their first provincial triumph since the 1930s has fallen on the centenary weekend of Bloody Sunday, 100 years after a Tipperary footballer was shot dead while representing the county.

It was a fully deserved victory for Tipp, who have enjoyed a real resurgence this season, after it seemed they had tailed off following their 2016 All-Ireland semi-final appearance.

They now find themselves back in the last four, with Mayo providing opposition once more.

After the highs of beating Kerry, Cork were quickly brought back down to earth. Tipp got off to a bright start, with a Conor Sweeney brace of points, as well as Michael Quinlivan, score helped them into a 0-3 to 0-0 lead.

However, Cork settled with Luke Connolly finding his range from placed balls, and they dragged it back to 0-5 apiece at the first water-break.

But David Power’s charges dominated the second quarter. Messrs Quinlivan and Sweeney caused havoc for the Cork rear-guard, as Liam Casey and Kevin Fahey also raised white flags.

The Rebels had little answer, frequently squandering possession when building attacks. Ronan McCarthy and Cian O’Neill were likely relieved to hear Maurice Deegan’s half-time whistle, as Tipp led 0-11 to 0-7 at the break.

The Premier showed no signs of letting up after the break. Sweeney pointed from a mark, before they hit the crossbar moments later, as they also put the ball in the net before it was contentiously ruled out for a square ball.

Cork continued to spurn chances, and a Casey and Sweeney points after the water-break pushed Tipperary 0-14 to 0-9 ahead.

But the Rebels mustered a strong response, with three consecutive scores to make it a two-point game, turning down the home stretch.

However, they were left with too much to do, as points from Evan Comerford and Paudie Feehan saw them over the line.

Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois)

Scorers

Cork: Mark Collins (0-4 – 0-4 frees), Luke Connolly (0-4 – 0-2 frees, 0-1 45), John O’Rourke (0-2), Colm O’Callaghan (0-1), Brian Hurley (0-1), Sean White (0-1), Cathal O’Mahony (0-1 – 0-1 free)

Tipperary: Conor Sweeney (0-7 – 0-3 frees, 0-2 marks), Michael Quinlivan (0-5 – 0-1 free), Liam Casey (0-2 – 0-1 mark), Kevin Fahey (0-1), Evan Comerford (0-1 – 0-1 free), Philip Austin (0-1).

Teams

Cork

1. Micheal Martin

2. Kevin O’Donovan
3. Maurice Shanley
4. Paul Ring

5. Tadhg Corkery
6. Sean Meehan
7. Mattie Taylor

8. Ian Maguire
9. Killian O’Hanlon

10. John O’Rourke
11. Colm O’Callaghan
12. Ruairi Deane

13. Mark Collins
14. Brian Hurley
15. Luke Connolly

Subs:

Cathail O’Mahony for Luke Connolly (half-time)
Sam Ryan for Paul Ring (40th minute)
Sean White for Colm O’Callaghan (44th minute)
Mark Keane for Killian O’Hanlon (59th minute)
Michael Hurley for for Mattie Taylor (65th minute)

Tipperary

1. Evan Comerford

2. Alan Campbell
3. Jimmy Feehan
4. Colm O’Shaughnessy

5. Bill Maher
6. Kevin Fahey
7. Robbie Kiely

8. Steven O’Brien
9. Liam Casey

10. Conal Kennedy
11. Michael Quinlivan
19. Colin O’Riordan

13. Brian Fox
14. Conor Sweeney
15. Colman Kennedy

Subs:

Liam Boland for Colman Kennedy (53rd minute)
Paudie Feehan for Kevin Fahey (54th minute)
Emmet Moloney for Brian Fox (61st minute)
Padraic Looram for Robbie Kiely (65th minute)
Philip Austin for Liam Casey (71st minute)

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