Munster Senior Football Semi-Final – Cork 1-10 Tipperary 1-9

Cork defeated Tipperary by 1-10 to 1-9 in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday June 10th at Pairc Ui Rinn.


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Munster SFC: Cork finish strongly to defeat Tipperary

Cork 1-10 Tipperary 1-9

Report By Denis Hurley for GAA.ie

Luke Connolly’s 70th-minute goal sent Cork into the Munster SFC final as Tipperary were edged out at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday evening.

Not since 1940 and ’41 had the Rebels been defeated by their Premier County counterparts in the football championship in consecutive years, but that seemed set to happen with Conor Sweeney netted for Tipp on 69, making it 1-09 to 1-10.

However, Cork held their nerve and the ball was worked through Michael Hurley, James Loughrey and Mark Collins, whose pass allowed Connolly to palm home.

Cork will know that work is needed ahead of the final, though. Peadar Healy’s side only managed one point in the first half, shooting nine wides, but their saving grace was that Tipp were also inefficient in front of the posts, registering four points, but with seven wides of their own.

Twice, Cork had good goal chances, with Colin O’Neill denied by a Ciarán Kenrick save in the second minute and Paul Kerrigan shooting wide on 10. When Conor Sweeney – Tipp’s attacking talisman after Michael Quinlivan was forced off injured in the first half – kicked two points on the resumption, Tipp were 0-6 to 0-1 ahead and Cork were up against it.

Even though they responded through Kerrigan and substitute Donncha O’Connor, Cork were still finding the Tipp defence difficult to pierce and a counter-attack after such a turnover gave Liam Boland a great chance. He was allowed to carry the ball deep into Cork territory and opted to go for goal, but Cork goalkeeper Ken O’Halloran saved with his legs. Had that gone in, Tipp would have had a 1-6 to 0-3 lead but, as instead, by the time they would score again, Cork had made a game of it.

Captain Kerrigan led by example, rounding off a team move to get his second, and Luke Connolly, Mark Collins, and Barry O’Driscoll all scored in quick succession to make it 0-7 to 0-6 with 18 minutes remaining. Sweeney equalised, as he would do after O’Connor made it 0-8 to 0-7 with a free, but the introduction of Mark Collins helped to give Cork a presence in the middle and Kerrigan and O’Connor pushed them two clear by the 64th minute.

Tipp sub Kevin O’Halloran’s shot from distance landed just over the crossbar of his namesake Ken to leave just one in it coming down the stretch. When Sweeney palmed home a high delivery, the Cork faithful were shellshocked. But the Rebels produced a response.

Scorers for Cork: Paul Kerrigan, Donncha O’Connor (2fs) 0-3 each, Luke Connolly 0-2, Barry O’Driscoll, Mark Collins 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: Conor Sweeney 0-5 (1f), Robbie Kiely, Liam Boland, Liam McGrath, Kevin O’Halloran 0-1 each.

CORK: Ken O’Halloran; Michael Shields, Jamie O’Sullivan, Kevin Crowley; Colm O’Driscoll, James Loughrey, Tomás Clancy; Ruairí Deane, Ian Maguire; Brian O’Driscoll, Paul Kerrigan, John O’Rourke; Colm O’Neill, Peter Kelleher, Luke Connolly
Subs: Donncha O’Connor for Kelleher (30), Barry O’Driscoll for Brian O’Driscoll (35), Seán Powter for Colm O’Driscoll (half-time), Mark Collins) for Barry O’Driscoll (44-50, blood), Mark Collins for Deane, Michael Hurley for O’Rourke (59), Gary Murphy for O’Neill (66).

TIPPERARY: Ciarán Kenrick; Shane O’Connell, Paddy Codd, Alan Campbell; Bill Maher, Robbie Kiely, Jimmy Feehan; Liam Casey, George Hannigan; Josh Keane, Diarmuid Foley, Brian Fox; Conor Sweeney, Michael Quinlivan, Liam McGrath
Subs: Liam McGrath for Quinlivan (19, injured), Kevin for Foley (47), Alan Moloney for Casey (52, injured), Kieran Bergin for Hannigan (57), Colm O’Shaughnessy for O’Connell (57), Jason Lonergan for Boland (66).

REFEREE: Ciarán Branagan (Down)







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Team News

The Cork team to play Tipperary in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final tomorrow Saturday 10th June in Pairc Ui Rinn @ 5pm has been announced as follows.

1. Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown)
2. James Loughrey (Mallow)
3. Jamie O Sullivan (Bishopstown)
4. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers)
5. Tomas Clancy (Fermoy)
6. Michael Shields (St Finbarrs)
7. Kevin Crowley (Millstreet)
8. Kevin O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
9. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)
10. Colm O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
11. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
12. John O Rourke (Carbery Rangers)
13. Colm O Neill (Ballyclough)
14. Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)
15. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers) – Captain

The Tipperary team to play Cork in the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final in Páirc Uí Rinn at 5pm this Saturday evening, June 10th, has been announced by manager Liam Kearns and lines out as follows –

1. Ciarán Kenrick – Moyle Rovers
2. Shane O’Connell – Golden-Kilfeacle
3. Paddy Codd – Killenaule
4. Alan Campbell – Moyle Rovers
5. Bill Maher – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
6. Robbie Kiely – Carbery Rangers
7. Jimmy Feehan – Killenaule
8. Liam Casey – Cahir
9. George Hannigan – Shannon Rovers
10. Josh Keane – Golden-Kilfeacle
11. Liam Boland – Moyle Rovers
12. Brian Fox (Capt.) – Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
13. Conor Sweeney – Ballyporeen
14. Michael Quinlivan – Clonmel Commercials
15. Liam McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney


They meet for a second successive year, with Tipperary having won last year’s semi-final by two points in what was their first championship success over the Rebels since 1944.

LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP CLASHES
2016: Tipperary 3-15 Cork 2-16 (Munster semi-final)
2014: Cork 0-16 Tipperary 1-11 (Munster semi-final)
2007: Cork 2-18 Tipperary 0-10 (Munster semi-final)
2002: Cork 1-23 Tipperary 0-7 (Munster final) – Replay
2002: Cork 2-11 Tipperary 1-14 (Munster final) – Draw


*Cork beat Waterford by 1-12 to 1-11 in this year’s Munster quarter-final; Tipperary will be having their first championship outing
*Tipperary were promoted from Division 3 as champions this year, winning six of eight games. Cork finished fourth in Division 2, winning two, drawing three and losing two of seven games.
*Managers, Peadar Healy (Cork) and Liam Kearns (Tipperary) are both in their second seasons.
*Peadar Healy’s League and Championship record since taking over as Cork manager at the start of last season reads: Played 19; Won 8, Lost 8, Drew 3.
Liam Kearns’ record with Tipperary in the same period is: Played 21, Won 11, Lost 7, Draws 3.


Match Programme

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of Saturday’s souvenir match programme.

DID YOU KNOW?

Tipperary are bidding to reach successive Munster finals for the first time since 1993-94. The last time Cork missed out on reaching the Munster final in successive years was in 2003-2004.


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