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Tipperary upset Cork, Kerry beat UCC, Waterford and Limerick advance after extra-time

Updated: Monday, 14 Jan 2013 14:39 | Comments

Tipperary's Barry Grogan scores from the penalty spot against Cork
Tipperary's Barry Grogan scores from the penalty spot against Cork

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McGrath Cup quarter-finals

Despite home advantage, reigning champions Cork were knocked out of the McGrath Cup by Tipperary.

Conor Counhihan's side struggled to get going and only a late goal gave a degree of respectability to the scoreline.

Limerick clawed back Clare to force extra-time in Foynes, and they  proved the stronger in the additional period.

Kerry responded quickly to the fast start of UCC, ultimately running out comfortable winners in Killarney, while Waterford got the better of UL, winning by four points after being brought to extra-time in WIT.

Cork 1-09 Tipperary 2-09
Limerick 2-16 Clare 2-13 (After extra-time)
Kerry 2-12 UCC 0-10
Waterford 0-16 University of Limerick 0-12 (After extra-time)

Cork 1-09 Tipperary 2-09

There was an upset in the McGrath Cup quarter-final in Pairc Ui Rinn, where visitors Tipperary emerged three-point winners over hosts and reigning champions Cork.

Cork, seven-point winners over these rivals in last year’s final, were slow to get going, trailing by three as Tipp led by five points to two inside 15 minutes.

They struggled to get a foothold in the first half and Donncha O’Connor’s four points provided their only scores of the period as Tipp went in at the break leading 0-07 to 0-04.

Liam Shorten and Ciaran Sheehan gave hope of a turnaround for Cork’s fortunes with the first two scores of the second half but a penalty for Tipperary just moments later, converted by Barry Grogan, put the Premier clear once more.

A second goal, scored by Bill Maher, 10 minutes from time, looked to have sealed the victory but Ciaran Sheehan’s late goal gave the Rebels some hope.

However, they were unable to bridge the gap, Tipperary running out winners on a score line of 2-09 to 1-09.

Limerick 2-16 Clare 2-13 (After extra-time)

It took extra-time to separate Limerick and Clare in an entertaining quarter-final in Foynes.

Maurice Horan’s Limerick side made the brighter start, scoring six points to Clare’s three in the first 20 minutes. Had it not been for some impressive defending from the Banner’s backs, it could have been worse.

But Mick O’Dwyer’s side sprung to life in the final minutes of the first half, scoring 1-04 without reply – Podge McMahon with the goal for Clare.

When McMahon added another in the second period, his side looked to have one foot in the semi-finals.

However, an Ian Ryan goal ensured there was something to play for in the latter stages, and how dramatic they were. Another Limerick goal, this time from Seamus O’Carroll, and two more points forced the game into extra-time.

And Limerick proved the stronger side in the additional 20 minutes, Derry O’Connor, O’Carroll and Ryan helping them to a three-point victory and a semi-final meeting with Kerry next weekend.

Kerry 2-12 UCC 0-10

Despite a quick start to the game, in which they scored three points without reply inside the first four minutes, the students of UCC were unable to find a way past hosts Kerry, in Killarney.

Conor Cox (0-08) of Listowel Emmetts, who is a member of Kerry’s under-21 side, impressed with a fine display of scoring for UCC.

But a tally of 2-02 from forward Patrick Curtin of Moyvane (both goals in the first half), and three points from Dingle’s Paul Geaney helped the Kingdom to an eight-point victory.

Waterford 0-16 University of Limerick 0-12 (After extra-time)

Waterford were brought all the way to extra-time in their clash with University of Limerick in the Waterford Institute of Technology, but they finished the stronger of the two, winning by four points after the additional period.

The match ended all square on 10 points a-piece after 70 minutes, but Waterford outscored their opponents three points to one in both halves of extra-time, securing a semi-final meeting away to Tipperary.

McGrath Cup semi-finals:

Tipperary v Waterford

Kerry v Limerick

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