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Cork 1-18 Tipperary 3-08

Updated: Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 13:31 | Comments

Cork will now face Roscommon in the All-Ireland semi-final on Easter Saturday
Cork will now face Roscommon in the All-Ireland semi-final on Easter Saturday

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Cork won their fourth successive Cadbury Munster Under-21 Football title at Páirc Uí Rinn, despite leaking three goals to Tipperary as the game finished 1-18 to 3-08.

Substitute Colman Kennedy's goal kept Tipp in the hunt at 0-12 to 1-04 down at half-time, with Brian O'Driscoll and Alan Cadogan starring for the dominant Rebels.

Steven O'Brien's goal had tigerish Tipp back level at 2-07 to 0-13, but the defending champions rallied superbly with a Sean Kiely major helping them see out a deserved four-point win. 

Cork advance to play Connacht champions Roscommon in an All-Ireland semi-final in Portlaoise on Saturday 19 April at 3pm.

The Rebels have now won 10 of the last 14 Munster U-21 titles, and this is their second time to claim four successive provincial titles since 2004. 

Greg Henry pointed Tipp into a second minute lead before Cork replied through Kevin Crowley, whose half-back line colleague Brian O'Driscoll was switched into centre forward.

Dan MacEoin and O'Driscoll sandwiched a pointed free from Michael Quinlivan as the hosts took a 0-03 to 0-02 lead, with big Sean Kiely winning possession prior to both Cork scores.

Mark Sugrue notched Cork's first pointed free as they began to hit their stride and a fine catch by Ian Maguire preceded Crowley's second point of the night.

Alan Cadogan was next on the scoresheet, lobbing over a quick brace with Crowley, Maguire and Kiely all featuring in some bright approach work from Sean Hayes' side.

Quinlivan ended Tipp's 10-minute scoreless spell but Cork were oozing quality now as Cadogan pointed from a tight angle and MacEoin (free) and O'Driscoll made it 0-10 to 0-03.

Tipperary needed to find some inspiration and Kennedy's timely introduction for Ian Fahey did the trick, as he finished coolly to the net after a very good set-up from Colin O'Riordan.

The Premier County - chasing their first U-21 provincial success since 2010 - continued to improve approaching half-time with Quinlivan landing a smashing score from 45 metres out.

However, pointed frees from O'Driscoll and MacEoin kept Cork on course and they took a five-point advantage into the break.

But the start of the second half was all about Tipperary. An initial free from Quinlivan was cancelled out by Corkery before Cork were left stunned by the concession of a second goal.

Henry and McGrath featured in the attack before midfielder O'Brien was teed up for a drilled shot past goalkeeper Micheál Martin, and a subsequent point from O'Riordan closed the gap to a single point.

Resurgent Tipperary were back level in the 40th minute thanks to a Quinlivan free, but Cork bounced back as Killian O'Hanlon burst through to win a free which MacEoin pointed and Cadogan followed up with his fourth point from play.

The home side found an extra gear as Kiely drew a foul for MacEoin's fourth pointed free of the final and they went for the jugular as a clever move led to Corkery laying off for Kiely to rasp home a cracking 49th minute goal.

At 1-16 to 2-07 in front, it should have been enough to kill of Tipperary's challenge in front of a 4,164-strong crowd.

David Power's well-drilled charges showed yet more resilience as they responded with their third goal. The ever-threatening Quinlivan offloaded for Henry to beat an exposed Martin with less than 10 minutes left.

Although Cork's leaking defence will have concerned manager Hayes, there was no stopping their own free-scoring attack. Kiely and the excellent Cadogan both scored to put the game beyond Tipp's reach, the visitors' only consolation being a late Kennedy point.

CORK: Micheál Martin; Jamie Davis, Conor Dorman, Stephen Cronin; Brian O’Driscoll (0-03, 0-01f), Seán White, Kevin Crowley (0-02); Kevin Fulignati, Ian Maguire; Killian O’Hanlon, Mark Sugrue (0-01, 0-01f), Sean Kiely (1-01); Dan MacEoin (0-05, 0-04f), John Corkery (0-01), Alan Cadogan (0-05).

Subs: Cillian McIntyre for Sugrue (41 mins), David Harrington for MacEoin (53), Kevin Kavanagh for Fulignati (54), Darragh Murphy for Maguire (59), Sam Ryan for Corkery (60).

TIPPERARY: Gearoid Slattery; Niall O’Sullivan, James Feehan, Conor O’Sullivan; Adrian McGuire, Seamus Kennedy, Bill Maher; Steven O’Brien (1-00), Colin O’Riordan (0-01); John McGrath, Ian Fahey, Greg Henry (1-01); Liam McGrath, Michael Quinlivan (0-05, 0-03f), Sean Flynn.

Subs: Colman Kennedy (1-01) for Fahey (24 mins), Joshua Keane for McGrath (46), Kevin Fahey for N O'Sullivan (50), Jason Lonergan for Henry (51), I Fahey for McGrath (53), Liam Casey for O'Riordan (56).

Referee: Padraig O'Sullivan (Kerry) 

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