Tipperary celebrated 100 years of Blood Sunday on Sunday with an outstanding performance at Páirc Uí Chaoimh to defeat Cork and win the Munster SFC for the first time since 1935.
Only once in the entire game was David Power’s side path when Luke Connolly Cork was in 16th. Minute with 0-05 to 0-04 in the lead.
That being said, Tipp was consistently on top, with Conor Sweeney and Michael Quinlivan scoring 12 points, while the addition of AFL star Colin O’Riordan for his first game for the county since 2015 was a huge boost.
Tipperary, wearing the whites and greens of Grangemockler as the county had on that fateful day in 1920, got off to a great start with Sweeney taking them the lead the first minute after a hit and then doubling the lead after a good one Work from full-back Robbie O’Dwyer.
Kevin Fahey prepared Michael Quinlivan to 0-3-000 in three minutes as Cork battled to kick out their own, but the rebels reacted when Luke Connolly sent two points and Ian Maguire forced a turnover that led Mark Collins won a free one that he converted himself.
While Tip 0: 04 to 0: 3 took the lead after Sweeney got his third point, the hosts had in the 16th. Minute for the first time a free kick, a free kick of 45 and a free kick from Connolly in front of him. Just before the water break, Tipp was at the same height when Sweeney landed a fine point from an acute angle. back on top with a Liam Casey brand.
Corner striker Mark Collins had to go deeper as Cork tried to gain a foothold in the middle but they were still struggling to deliver a good ball to their inside strikers that was too ambitious with their deliveries, despite a pass from Mattie Taylor did this set up Colm O’Callaghan on level.
However, it was the last time there was parity as Tipp answered with four even points. Quinlivan sent over two in quick succession, a free kick followed by a brilliant attempt from a tight angle, then Sweeney landed his fifth before center-back Kevin Fahey benefited from a pass from Steven O’Brien after a Cork attack collapsed.
John O’Rourke ended Cork’s drought after a well-functioning point in 35th. Minute, but another good goal from Quinlivan in stoppage time ensured that Tipp took the lead with 0: 11 to 0: 7.
They cleared five times with Sweeney in the second half when he had the first and showed off a mark, and they cleared nearly eight times when Stephen O’Brien had a fist attempt coming back off the bar and although Casey fisted in The Loose Ball Cork was awarded a Free Out.
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The rebels did not immediately make the most of the layoff, but Mark Collins was free and a Brian Hurley point left three, but the goal that was becoming increasingly necessary did not seem to be attainable. In the 52. They made a good move on the 29th minute, just before the water break in the second half, as Ruairí Deane, Brian Hurley and Mark Collins bonded well, but the latter was ousted by the tip defenders and a defensive free game ensued.
Tipp then prevailed with a seventh point from O’Brien and Sweeney, but Cork stayed with them thanks to two free kicks from Collins and a point from Sub Seán White, played by Brian Hurley – there was a half chance of one Goal but he decided to send the ball past.
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The deficit had dropped to two, but when Tipp won a free kick from the resulting kickout, Cork saw dissent that the ball was brought forward to 45, giving goalkeeper Evan Comerford a 0-15-012 lead.
When Cork goalkeeper Micheál Martin sent his restart straight to Quinlivan, Tipp had a pillow again.
When time was up, Cork sub Cathail O’Mahony cleared a long shot, but after a Comerford 45 came back off post, tip substitute Philip Austin got what looked like an insurance result. In the 73. Cork’s John O’Rourke scored his second goal in the 29th minute, but Tipp made sure no scoring opportunities were allowed and they held out to mark this historic weekend as best they could.
Tipperary: Evan Comerford (0-01 45); Jimmy Feehan, Alan Campbell, and Colm O’Shaughnessy; Bill Maher, Kevin Fahey (0-01), Robbie Kiely; Liam Casey (0-01 m), Colin O’Riordan; Brian Fox, Conal Kennedy, and Steven O’Brien (0-01); Conor Sweeney (0-07, 0-02f, 0-02 m), Colman Kennedy, Michael Quinlivan (0-05, 0-01f).
Subs: Liam Boland for Kennedy (52), Paudie Feehan for Fahey (53), Emmet Moloney for Fox (61), Pádraic Looram for Kiely (65), Philip Austin (0-01) for Casey (70).
Cork: Micheál Martin; Maurice Shanley, Paul Ring, Kevin O’Donovan; Tadhg Corkery, Mattie Taylor, Seán Meehan; Ian Maguire, Killian O’Hanlon; Ruairí Deane, Colm O’Callaghan (0-01), John O’Rourke (0-02); Mark Collins (0-04, 0-03f), Brian Hurley (0-01), Luke Connolly (0-04, 0-02f, 0-01 45).
Subs: Cathail O’Mahony (0-01f) for Connolly (halftime), Sam Ryan for Ring (40), Seán White (0-01) for O’Callaghan (43), Mark Keane for O ‘Hanlon ( 58), Michael Hurley for Taylor (64).
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