Tyrone 2-10 Cork 0-17

Colm O’Neill hit eight points, including a late winner, to give Cork a 0-17 to 2-10 comeback win over Tyrone at Healy Park.

Conor McAliskey and Peter Harte (a penalty) netted first-half goals for Tyrone, and they lead by 2-6 to 0-7 at the break, with O’Neill hitting four Cork scores.

Tyrone still led by five, mid-way through the second half, but Cork came strong in the final quarter, with points from O’Neill, Donal Og Hodnett, Fintan Goold and Donncha O’Connor giving them a narrow one-point win. 

Colm O’Neill hit eight points, including a late winner, to give Cork a 0-17 to 2-10 comeback win over Tyrone at Healy Park.

Connor McAliskey and Peter Harte (pen) netted first half goals for Tyrone, and they lead by 2-06 to 0-07 at the break, with O’Neill hitting four Cork scores.

Tyrone still led by five midway through the second half, but Cork came strong in the final quarter, with points from O’Neill, Donal Og Hodnett, Fintan Goold and Donncha O’Connor giving them a narrow one-point win

Tyrone got off to a dream start with a goal after just three minutes. Peter Harte’s long punt from deep found Connor McAliskey, who turned marker Conor Dorman before smashing his shot past Micheal Martin.

Getting men behind the ball to frustrate the Rebel attack, they picked off another score on the breakaway through Darren McCurry, before Colm O’Neill hit Cork’s first in the seventh minute.

Playing with the gusting wind in their backs, the Red Hands restored their four-point advantage through McAliskey.

But Cork began to find enough space to get the scoreboard ticking, working the ball through the hands to craft the openings for Colm O’Driscoll, Mark Collins and Colm O’Neill to fire over fine points.

And they should have had a goal when Brian Hurley sent Conor Dorman in, but he sliced his shot wide.

Tyrone grabbed a second goal in the 18th minute when Tomas Clancy fouled the marauding Padraig McNulty, and Peter Harte slotted the penalty to the bottom corner of the net.

Once again, the Munster men were able to penetrate the defensive cordon to pick off points through O’Neill and Hurley, but late points from McCurry and McAliskey sent Tyrone in with a 2-6 to 0-7 interval lead.

O’Neill slotted two more points early in the second half as Cork set about using wind advantage to help them break down their opponents.

But there was to be more frustration, as they managed just one further point in the next 18 minutes. That came from Donncha O’Connor, who became a hugely influential figure off the bench, probing for openings and hitting a couple of crucial long range scores.

A triple substitution also brought Daniel Goulding, Donal Og Hodnett and John Hayes into the game, and all made an impact as Cork came good in the final 15 minutes, wearing their opponents down and picking off scores from distance.

Brian Hurley and O’Neill narrowed the gap, and there was a touch of controversy about O’Neill’s winner, with claims that it had drifted wide.

Tyrone: N Morgan, A McCrory, R McNamee, D Quinn, R McNabb, J McMahon, P Harte (1-00, pen), C Cavanagh, P McNulty, T McCann, M Donnelly, R McKenna, D McCurry (0-07, 5f), S Cavanagh, C McAliskey (1-03).

Subs: C McCann for McMahon, PJ Lavery for Quinn, D McBride for McKenna, P McNeice for McNamee

Cork: M Martin, J Loughrey, M Shields, C Dorman (0-01), T Clancy, S O’Donoghue, J O’Sullivan, E Cadogan, F Goold (0-01), K O’Driscoll, J O’Rourke, C O’Driscoll (0-01), C O’Neill (0-08, 3f, 1 ’45), M Collins (0-01), B Hurley (0-02, 1f).

Subs: P Kerrigan for O’Donoghue, D O’Connor (0-02, 1f)for C O’Driscoll, D Goulding for K O’Driscoll, D Og Hodnett (0-01) for O’Rourke, J Hayes for Collins.

Referee: M Duffy (Sligo).