GAA: Cork come from behind to record narrow 0-16 to 1-11 victory over Tipperary
Last Updated: 22/06/14 8:41am
Dual star Aidan Walsh kicked three late points as Cork came from behind to defeat Tipperary by 0-16 to 1-11 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
The Premier County led for long periods and looked to be on course for an historic victory when substitute Brian Mulvihill put them two points in front with three minutes of normal time remaining.
However, Walsh’s intervention and a point from Barry O’Driscoll got the Rebels out of jail.
Daniel Goulding put Cork ahead with a second-minute free but Tipp set their tone as Peter Acheson and Conor Sweeney pointed to put them in front.
By the 11th minute the visitors led by 0-5 to 0-2 and their advantage should arguably have been greater.
Cork looked to have found some rhythm as they then reeled off five unanswered points, with Mark Collins, John Hayes and Paul Kerrigan all impressing, while Goulding converted a pair of frees and Tipp struggled to make any real headway.
They never panicked, however, and an excellent Steven O’Brien effort was added to by a free from Conor Sweeney to tie matters.
Cork pushed on as Mark Collins and Fintan Goold both scored and Hayes should have put them five points clear but his goal attempt after an incisive move was somehow kept off the line by Acheson.
It was Tipp who went in ahead at half-time as O’Brien arrowed a ball from midfield into Sweeney’s hands and he slotted past Ken O’Halloran in the Cork goal.
Despite Cork having introduced Walsh and Eoin Cadogan by the start of the second half, Sweeney ensured that any home scores were responded to in kind by the visitors.
As the second half wore on, however, Tipp became paralysed at the prospect of a first championship win over Cork since 1944, despite the fact that the hosts were struggling in a big way themselves.
Though sub Colm O’Neill kicked two points for Cork to bring them back to within a point, 1-10 to 0-12, a Tipp replacement, Brian Mulvihill, put them two ahead again.
Walsh would have the final say, though, as his late treble snatched victory for Brian Cuthbert’s side.
Cork: D Goulding (3f), A Walsh 0-3 each, M Collins, B O’Driscoll, C O’Neill (2f) 0-2 each, F Goold, P Kerrigan, B Hurley (f), J Hayes 0-1 each.
Tipperary: C Sweeney 1-4 (3f), B Grogan 0-2 (2f), C O’Riordan, P Acheson, S O’Brien, M Quinlivan, B Muvilhill 0-1 each.