All-Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final – Tipperary 2-18 Cork 1-11

Tipperary defeated Cork by 2-18 to 1-11 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 17th at Croke Park.

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Tipperary will face Kilkenny in the All-Ireland SHC Final on September 7 after recording a stunning victory over Munster rivals Cork at Croke Park on Sunday. Munster champions Cork were meeting Tipperary in a championship match at Headquarters for the very first time in their long shared history, but Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s fancied Rebels were completely outclassed by a totally re-energised Tipperary.

Two brilliant goals from Séamus Callanan in either half paved the way to victory for Tipperary, and they were the better side throughout as they punished Cork’s profligacy in front of goal, the Rebels finishing with 15 wides.

While Callanan’s eye for goal was exemplary, so too was John O’Dwyer’s, with the Killenaule man striking 0-6 from play. Tipperary’s midfield pairing of Shane McGrath and James Woodlock were also outstanding, as they contributed 0-6 between them. Tipp led by two points at the break and probably should have been even more in front. It mattered little though, as Cork were totally outclassed after the restart, Tipperary scoring 1-11 in the second half to just 1-3 from the Rebels.

Tipperary held a slender 1-7 to 0-8 lead at the interval, but they were good value for it after having the better of Cork for the opening 35 minutes. Cork took an early lead through Alan Cadogan, but Tipp took control in the eighth minute when Callanan, by far their pre-eminent attacker of 2014, cracked in a wonderful goal from 20 metres.

The ball broke to him after a slip from Cork’s Shane O’Neill, but Callanan did brilliantly to find the top right hand corner of Anthony Nash’s net from a considerable distance out. The score energised Tipperary, and points from O’Dwyer (2) and Woodlock followed to leave Eamon O’Shea’s side five ahead at 1-3 to 0-1. The sides traded the next few scores but Tipperary were looking confident and two scores from Shane McGrath had them five ahead at 1-6 to 0-4.

Cork came into the game in the second quarter, but they were still guilty of some poor wides, and although points from Anthony Nash (free) and Conor Lehane cut the deficit to three, O’Dwyer replied with an inspirational score, blocking down Damien Cahalane and clipping over, to keep Tipp four ahead.
However, with Aidan Walsh and Daniel Kearney beginning to see more and more ball around the middle, Cork hit the final two scores of the half through Nash and Patrick Horgan (frees) to trail by two at the interval.

Points from McGrath, Woodlock and Callanan after the break restored a five-point Tipperary lead, but the killer score came on 47 minutes when Callanan found the net again brilliantly. After some characteristically trojan work from Patrick Maher, Callanan hit a venomous drive past Nash into the roof of the Cork net to leave Tipp eight ahead.

That goal prompted some exhibition hurling from Tipperary, as John O’Dwyer fired over three in a row to take his tally to six and Woodlock clipped over his third of the day to leave Tipperary 11 clear. Cork managed a goal before the end from substitute Rob O’Shea, but in truth, the Rebels never looked capable of any sort of meaningful revival as Tipp made the most of their struggles to surge into the final and set up a date of destiny with arguably their greatest rivals of all.

Scorers for Tipperary: S Callanan 2-4 (1f), J O’Dwyer 0-6, J Woodlock 0-3, S McGrath 0-3, N McGrath 0-2

Scorers for Cork: C Lehane 0-3, R O’Shea 1-0, A Nash 0-2 (2f), P Horgan 0-2 (2f), A Cadogan 0-1, A Walsh 0-1, S Harnedy 0-1, L McLoughlin 0-1

TIPPERARY: Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett, Paudie Maher, Paddy Stapleton; Brendan Maher, James Barry, Kieran Bergin; Shane McGrath, James Woodlock; Gearóid Ryan, Patrick Maher, John O’Dwyer; Noel McGrath, Seamus Callanan, Lar Corbett
Subs: Denis Maher for Ryan (57), Eoin Kelly for Corbett (60), Jason Forde for Patrick Maher (63), Michael Cahill for McGrath (65), Conor O’Brien for Woodlock (69).

CORK: Anthony Nash; Shane O’Neill, Damien Cahalane, Stephen McDonnell; Christopher Joyce, Mark Ellis, Lorcan McLoughlin; Daniel Kearney, Aidan Walsh; Conor Lehane, Bill Cooper, Seamus Harnedy; Alan Cadogan, Patrick Cronin, Patrick Horgan
Subs: Paudie O’Sullivan for Cadogan (46), Stephen Moylan for Cronin (46), Rob O’Shea for Walsh (55), Jamie Coughlan for Harnedy (64).

Referee: James Owens (Wexford)

Attendance: 68,728

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Cork is unchanged from the side which defeated Dublin in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final.

1) Darren Gleeson (Portroe)
2) Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill)
3) Paudie Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
4) Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh)
5) Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)
6) James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane)
7) Kieran Bergin (Killenaule)
8) Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)
9) James Woodlock (Drom& Inch)
10) Gearóid Ryan (Templederry)
11) Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha)
12) John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)
13) Noel McGrath (LoughmoreCastleiney)
14) Seamus Callanan (Drom and Inch)
15) Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)

The Cork Senior Hurling team to play Tipperary in the All-Ireland Semi-Final at 3.30pm on Sunday in Croke Park will line out as follows –
1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)
2. Shane O’Neill (Bishopstown)
3. Damien Cahalane (St Finbarr’s)
4. Stephen McDonnell (Glen Rovers)
5. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)
6. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)
7. Lorcan McLoughlin (Kanturk)
8. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields)
9. Aidan Walsh (Kanturk)
10. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
11. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
12. Seamus Harnedy (St. Ita’s)
13. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
14. Patrick Cronin (Bishopstown – Captain)
15. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)

Jimmy Barry-Murphy and his selectors have made no changes to the team that won the Munster Final, with captain Pa Cronin recovering from an injury sustained in that game.

16. Darren McCarthy (Ballymartle)
17. Conor O’Sullivan (Sarsfields)
18. Killian Burke (Midleton)
19. Willian Egan (Kilbrin)
20. Eoin Cadogan (Douglas)
21. Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr)
22. Jamie Coughlan (Newtownshandrum)
23. Stephen Moylan (Douglas)
24. Cian McCarthy (Sarsfields)
25. Rob O’Shea (Carrigaline)
26. Paudie O’Sullivan (Cloyne)

Ticket Details

For the All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Final on August 17th ticket prices are as follows;
• €40 Adults (all stands)
• €5 Juveniles (Cusack and Davin stands only)
• €25 Terrace
• Student/OAP Concession price is €30 (€10 rebate only available on full price (€40) Cusack and Davin stand tickets)

The GAA Club Pass (Adult groups)
Available to all GAA clubs for GAA Senior Championship All-Ireland Quarter Finals and Semi Finals in Croke Park.

€10 per Adult
All Ireland Quarter Finals/Semi Finals only
Minimum 15, Maximum 50 adults
Seats in Davin Stand in Croke Park
Applications must be made by the Club Secretary and emailed to from the Club Secretary’s GAA email account (
Payment in advance is required (payment method will be organised on receipt of application)
Strictly limited to 1 application per Club

The GAA Group Pass (Juvenile groups)
Available to all GAA clubs for all Croke Park fixtures (bar the All-Ireland Finals) and selected GAA Championship fixtures.

€3 per juvenile (16 or under),
1 adult free for every 10 juveniles,
Additional adults at stand face value,
Seats in Davin Stand in Croke Park,
Applications must be made by the Club Secretary and emailed to from the Club Secretary’s GAA email account (
Payment in advance is required.
Strictly limited to 1 application per Club