Cork advance to Munster Under-21 Final

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Updated: July 15, 2011

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Tipperary 1-21 (24) v 4-19 (31) Cork
Munster Under 21 Hurling Semi Final throw in 7.30pm
Full time played (2nd Half)

Commentary:
Full time Cork have avenged last year’s extra time defeat. They say goals win games and that was certainly the game tonight, the front line of Coughlan, O’Farrell, Lenehane and Walsh proving to be the difference between the two sides. Cork were the better side on the night with Tipperary relying too much on free’s from O’Dwyer to keep them in the game. Cork advance to the Munster Under 21 final.
60min Coughlan gets another point – 7 points ahead, is it game over for the All Ireland champions?
58min Egan scores with a fine free, 1 minute of added time.
57min Coughlan scores & then O’Dwyer pulls one back straight away- end to end as the ball goes up to Walsh but he puts it wide
53min Lenhane adds another point to make it five ahead for cork
51min O’Dwyer with a free, I missed a cork point there will update you with scorer
49min Tipp hit an 8th wide – Sheedy on for Morris
48min Tipp needed that point from Ryan
48min Lehane gets another point.
47min O’Sullivan gets a point – 4 ahead now. The All Ireland Champions are in trouble
46min Goal! Cork go back in front..
45min 21 points a piece, we’re level..
43min Tipp come to within a point again, they’ve never let Cork out of sight despite the goals
42min Tipp win another free, O’Dwyer to take it – it goes wide
42min Lehane gets a point, 2 in quick succession for Cork
41min Coughlan with a point for Cork to put back in front
40min We’re a third of the way through the second half, we had extra time last year, could we get the same again?
37min We’re level again, its a very good encounter
36min O’Dwyer gets a point to bring them to within one of Tipp
35min Its a two point game as Cork get a goal through O’Sullivan
34min Curran puts Tipp ahead, first time I think
32min O’Meara wins a free, he proving a treat to Cork. Good chance to level and O’Dwyer takes it
31min 2nd half is underway – Stephen Maher is on for O’Brien – Tipp sub
Half time Cork head in at half time with a one point lead and despite being the better side, Tipperary have been clawing their way back into the game taking their scores as they come.
31min Play resumes with a free from Noel McGrath – great point. One point game again
30min Cork have a blood sub coming off, about 2 minutes of added time will be played
29min Interesting stat: Cork have gotten 2-9 from play
29min There’s a goal in it now as the free goes over
28min Free to Tipp
25min Its a 4 point game, Cork just about shading the half.
24min O’Dwyer wins a free for Tipp, a chance to get back in it – He gets it
23min Brosnan with a goal there from nothing really
22min A wide apiece there for each side
20min Bit of argy bargy there in the middle of the field
18min Curran levels it with a nice point.
17min O’Neill with the perfect response, a point for a point
16min Russell with a point using the boot
14min Game on, O’Meara with a goal
14min Morris helps out O’Dwyer with a point
13min A first from play for Tipp, that man O’Dwyer again
12min 3 in a row for O’Dwyer and Tipp
11min Tipp are back on track now, another free and a chance for O’Dwyer
11min He sends that one, down to a 7 point lead for Cork
10min Another free to Tipp – O’Dwyer steps up again
10min O’Dwyer gets it
9min Free to Tipp, a chance here for a point
9min O’Farrell with another point, semple stadium has been hushed
8min Brosnan gets in on the act with another Cork point
7min Cork continue to get the scores – O’Farrell has made some start
6min free to Tipp on the 65 yard line, McGrath takes it but it goes wide
5min Cork get another point, Walsh this time
4min Cork on top here, and they’ve got a goal now, O’Farrell finding the back of the net
3min O’Farrell gets a point and Coughlan follows up with another from the puck out
2min free to Tipp now, O’Dwyer to take it and he gets it
1min Coughlan gets it
1min First free of the day and it goes to Cork
1min We’re underway
0min We’re just about to get underway here in Thurles, anthem is being played at the moment

Teams:
Tipperary: 1. Paul Ryan, 2. Ciarán Hough, 3. Kevin O’Gorman, 4. Sean O’Brien, 5. Brian Stapleton, 6. Padraig Heffernan, 7. James Barry, 8. Noel McGrath, 9. Adrian Ryan, 10. Sean Curran, 11. Paddy Murphy, 12. Brian O’Meara, 13. Kieran Morris, 14. John O’Neill, 15. John O’Dwyer

Cork: 1. D McCarthy, 2. C Joyce, 3. E Finn, 4. S Corry, 5. J Nagle, 6. W Egan, 7. M Ellis, 8. S O’Farrell, 9. D Roche, 10. D Brosnan, 11. C Lehane, 12. A Walsh, 13. L O’Farrell, 14. M O’Sullivan, 15. J Coughlan.

Tipperary takes on Cork in the Munster Under-21 Hurling semi- final in Thurles this Friday evening, throw in at 7.30pm.

The home side will head into the game as strong favourites to progress to the provincial decider with the current All Ireland champions able to call on a number of established senior stars.

The winners will face the victors of the second semi final between Clare and Limerick, which takes place in Ennis on Thursday week. In truth, the Premier County should be far too strong for their three opponents and whatever the outcome of the two semi’s, it is hard to see anything other than a Tipperary victory in the Munster championship.

When the two sides last met at this stage last year however Cork came close to beating the Premier County with extra time needed to separate the sides, Tipperary eventually running out 2 point winners, with a score line of 2-17 to 21 points.

That encounter was regarded by many as the game of the under 21 championship last year however the men in blue and yellow seem to have pushed on to another level this year, enjoying an easy win over Waterford on their last start and were full value for their 4-12 to 1-16 victory.

While Cork have not won a U-21 Munster title since 2007 the hurlers of Tipperary are on a high at present and with the senior team going so well, it has inspired confidence in the county’s underage sides. The same cannot be said of Cork, who have struggled in recent seasons and appear to be in the middle of a rebuilding process. The footballers have taken centre stage on Leeside over the last 2-3 years and hurling needs to step up once again.

Tipperary make two changes from that team that defeated the Déise, with Sean O’Brien and Kieran Morris coming into the team in place of Stephen Maher and Joe Gallagher respectively.

The big news to come from Leeside is that Cork Senior football star Aidan Walsh has been given permission to play and is named at left half forward to bolster the Cork attack Team while manager Ger Fitzgerald also has the added bonus of being able to name five members of the senior hurling panel within his starting 15.

Verdict: Tipperary

Tipperary: 1. Paul Ryan, 2. Ciarán Hough, 3. Kevin O’Gorman, 4. Sean O’Brien, 5. Brian Stapleton, 6. Padraig Heffernan, 7. James Barry, 8. Noel McGrath, 9. Adrian Ryan, 10. Sean Curran, 11. Paddy Murphy, 12. Brian O’Meara, 13. Kieran Morris, 14. John O’Neill, 15. John O’Dwyer

Cork: 1. D McCarthy, 2. C Joyce, 3. E Finn, 4. S Corry, 5. J Nagle, 6. W Egan, 7. M Ellis, 8. S O’Farrell, 9. D Roche, 10. D Brosnan, 11. C Lehane, 12. A Walsh, 13. L O’Farrell, 14. M O’Sullivan, 15. J Coughlan.

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