Jake Morris earned Tipperary a draw with the last puck of the game, but HawkEye was needed to make the final call as Tipp survived from a shocking first-half at Semple Stadium.
Nine point down at half-time following a stellar start from Cork and Shane Kingston’s goal, which cancelled out Jason Fode’s effort, Cork looked certain to take the win.
But Forde and Noel McGrath helped Tipperary to launch a fightback in the third quarter and after Noel McGrath’s goal, John McGrath drew his side level before Morris points a minute after his late arrival.
With Seamus Harnedy starting in the full-forward line and Daniel Kearney busy further out the field Cork exploded into this Semple Stadium clash with real passion. After 17 seconds Kearney hit the opening point for Cork, which was followed by two in a row from Harnedy for a 0-3 to 0-0 lead after five minutes.
Tipperary had their chances to get off the mark early on but were guilty of some wayward shooting, but at the other end Cork had no such issues. A third Harnedy point was followed by two Pat Horgan frees, while Kearney’s second had Cork seven points clear after 14 minutes.
Up until that point Tipperary were very disappointing, but it looked as if they had been thrown a lifeline when Jason Forde side-stepped Damien Cahalane and fired a brilliant shot to the net. The goal was immediately followed by a Brendan Maher point to close the gap to three points, while Noel McGrath and Patrick Bonner Maher also scored to inject real hope into the Tipperary charge.
But as quickly as their challenged gained momentum it seeped away again. Cork were particularly dominant in the half-back line, and Tipperary’s decision to bombard it with long balls was a perplexing one.
Two points from Shane Kingston either side of a third from Harnedy put Cork well in control again, but after Kearney and Bill Copper hit the target Cork were back into a seven-point lead.
Noel McGrath ended an 11-minute spell without a score for Tipp, but when Kingston somehow found the Tipp net from a very tight angle, Cork were good value for their 1-15 to 1-6 interval lead.
The too-and-fro nature of this game continued after the break and the first five poitns of the second period went to Tipperary, with Jason Forde and John McGrath in the thick of the scoring for the Premier county.
Cork were relieved to see Horgan and Conor Lehane hit back, but after a brief exchange of scores Forde sent Noel McGrath in for Tipp’s second goal, which closed the deficit to three points.
After Bill Cooper’s second, Forde, John O’Dwyer and John McGrath kept the heat on Cork with three in a row, while John McGrath’s fourth score levelled matters with ten to go.
Cork hit poor wides as Harnedy and Brian Lawton missed the target, but five minutes from time Harnedy pointed for the lead only for Tipp to earn a draw at the death.
TIPPERARY: Brian Hogan; Seán O’Brien, Séamus Kennedy, Michael Cahill; Joe O’Dwyer, Ronan Maher, Pádraic Maher; Brendan Maher (0-01), Billy McCarthy (0-01); Patrick Maher (0-01), Noel McGrath (1-03), Dan McCormack; Séamus Callanan (0-01), Jason Forde (1-06, 0-04f, 0-02’65), John McGrath (0-05).
Subs: John O’Dwyer (0-01) for Patrick Maher (HT), Jake Morris (0-01) for Callanan, Ger Browne for McCarthy (both 70).
CORK: Anthony Nash; Seán O’Donoghue, Damien Cahalane, Colm Spillane; Mark Ellis, Christopher Joyce, Mark Coleman; Darragh Fitzgibbon, Bill Cooper (0-02); Luke Meade, Conor Lehane (0-02), Daniel Kearney (0-04); Séamus Harnedy (0-05), Shane Kingston (1-05), Patrick Horgan (0-05, 0-02f).
Subs: Brian Lawton for Meade (54), Tim O’Mahony for Kearney (59), Jamie Coughlan for Kingston (70).
REFEREE: John Keenan (Wicklow).