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Good afternoon, folks. Welcome along to our live coverage of today’s Munster SFC semi-final meeting of Cork and Tipperary at Páirc Uí Rinn, where throw-in is at 5pm.

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With both teams having to deal with several absentees, here’s how they’ve been selected to start, although we’ll let you know if there are any late changes.

Cork

1. Ken O’Halloran (Bishopstown)

2. James Loughrey (Mallow)
3. Jamie O Sullivan (Bishopstown)
4. Stephen Cronin (Nemo Rangers)

5. Tomas Clancy (Fermoy)
6. Michael Shields (St Finbarrs)
7. Kevin Crowley (Millstreet)

8. Kevin O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
9. Ruairi Deane (Bantry Blues)

10. Colm O Driscoll (Tadhg MacCarthaigh)
11. Mark Collins (Castlehaven)
12. John O Rourke (Carbery Rangers)

13. Colm O Neill (Ballyclough)
14. Peter Kelleher (Kilmichael)
15. Paul Kerrigan (Nemo Rangers)

Tipperary

1. Ciarán Kenrick (Moyle Rovers)

2. Shane O’Connell (Golden-Kilfeacle)
3. Paddy Codd (Killenaule)
4. Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers)

5. Bill Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)
6. Robbie Kiely (Carbery Rangers)
7. Jimmy Feehan (Killenaule)

8. Liam Casey (Cahir)
9. George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers)

10. Josh Keane (Golden-Kilfeacle)
11. Liam Boland (Moyle Rovers)
12. Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill)

13. Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen)
14. Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials)
15. Liam McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)

There are changes on both sides to the teams that were named this week, and which we previously listed.

Three for Cork: Brian O’Driscoll, Ian Maguire and Luke Connolly are in for Stephen Cronin, Kevin O’Driscoll and Mark Collins.

One for Tipp: Diarmuid Foley starts in place of Liam McGrath.

The action is underway at Páirc Uí Rinn.

2Mins

Cork 0-0 Tipperary 0-0

Early goal chance for Cork’s Colm O’Neill is blocked after Liam Casey kicked a wide for Tipp.

3Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-0

Luke Connolly with a fine point gives Cork the lead.

5Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-1

Championship debutant Liam Boland brings Tipp level.

Cork have a strong wind behind them in this first half, by the way.

7Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-1

Colm O’Neill with a free from a tricky angle for Cork but it goes wide.

8Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-1

Another Cork wide, this time from play from John O’Rourke.

9Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-2

Good Tipp attack produces a point for Conor Sweeney.

 

10Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-2

Another fine goal chance for Cork but Paul Kerrigan drags his effort wide.

13Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-2

Close-range free for Tipp but Michael Quinlivan surprisingly puts it wide.

15Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-2

And another Tipp free goes wide, their fourth wide of the game.

15Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-2

The wayward shooting continues. Cork’s Brian O’Driscoll off target there.

16Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-2

Yet another wide. Cork’s Luke Connolly the guilty party this time.

16Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-2

Concern for Tipp’s Michael Quinlivan after he landed awkwardly.

18Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-2

The stretcher is out for Quinlivan. More injury woe for Tipp.

19Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-2

Liam McGrath is on for Quinlivan.

21Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-2

Conor Sweeney has a chance for Tipp but Jamie O’Sullivan makes a great block.

22Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-3

Quinlivan’s departure hasn’t hampered Tipp so far as they continue to dominate possession. Great start for McGrath, who kicks an excellent score.

With the breeze at their backs, Cork have scored one point in 21 minutes.

22Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-3

Luke Connolly kicks another Cork wide.

23Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-3

Another Cork attack ends with another wide. Paul Kerrigan with that one, their seventh of the game.

27Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-3

Ian Maguire penalised for a high challenge on Tipp’s George Hannigan. Yellow card for Maguire. The free by Conor Sweeney is off target. Five wides for Tipp.

28Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-3

Bill Maher’s effort drops short into Cork goalkeeper Kevin O’Halloran.

30Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-3

Liam Casey has a shot for Tipp and it also drops short.

30Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-3

Ger Canning says there’s been a “systems failure” in the Cork team, which is a kind way of saying they’ve been woeful.

31Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-3

Cork have introduced Donncha O’Connor for Peter Kelleher.

32Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-3

A third shot in a row drops short for Tipp. Diarmuid Foley with that one.

34Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-3

Liam McGrath looks for his second point but it goes wide.

Let’s hope it’s not a serious injury for Michael Quinlivan, but it didn’t look good.

Michael Quinlivan down injured from falling awkwardly Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Michael Quinlivan is carried off after receiving an injury from falling awkwardly Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

35Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-4

Finally Tipp deservedly extend their lead thanks to Robbie Kiely.

36Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-4

Brian O’Driscoll looks to hit back for Cork but his effort brings about his side’s eighth wide.

Barry O’Driscoll replaces Brian O’Driscoll — no relation.

37Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-4

Kiely has a shot on goal for Tipp but it goes harmlessly wide.

Cork haven’t scored in 36 minutes, despite having the wind behind them.

38Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-4

Colm O’Neill shoots for Cork and — believe it or not — it goes wide.

You’re seldom likely to watch a worse first half of inter-county championship football than that.

In fairness to Tipp they’ve been disciplined and organised, but they should be further ahead.

As for Cork?

Cork “an embarrassment and an insult to their great tradition” says Colm O’Rourke on RTÉ.

4,570 is the attendance at Páirc Uí Rinn.

A few Cork players have their careers on the line in this second half, say Colm Cooper and Colm O’Rourke.

37Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-4

The game has resumed.

Sean Powter is on for Cork for Colm O’Driscoll.

36Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-5

Conor Sweeney extends Tipp’s lead after just 16 seconds.

37Mins

Cork 0-1 Tipperary 0-6

Sweeney does it again. His third of the game.

38Mins

Cork 0-2 Tipperary 0-6

Paul Kerrigan finally ends Cork’s scoring drought.

39Mins

Cork 0-2 Tipperary 0-6

Ruairi Deane has a go for Cork but it drifts away for their 10th wide.

39Mins

Cork 0-3 Tipperary 0-6

Donncha O’Connor gets his first of the game. Cork looking more coherent now.

40Mins

Cork 0-3 Tipperary 0-6

Great goal chance for Tipp’s Liam Boland but Ken O’Halloran saves.

42Mins

Cork 0-4 Tipperary 0-6

Kerrigan gets his second and it’s a two-point game.

 

43Mins

Cork 0-5 Tipperary 0-6

Now Luke Connolly gets his second for Cork and the gap is down to the minimum.

 

43Mins

Cork 0-5 Tipperary 0-6

Cork starting to dominate at midfield and it’s making a huge difference.

45Mins

Cork 0-5 Tipperary 0-6

Liam McGrath has a pop for Tipp but it goes wide, their eighth in total.

46Mins

Cork 0-5 Tipperary 0-6

Kerrigan shoots for Cork but it goes narrowly wide. There’s been a huge improvement for the Rebels overall since the restart.

47Mins

Cork 0-6 Tipperary 0-6

Cork’s Mark Collins levels the game.

51Mins

Cork 0-6 Tipperary 0-6

Luke Connolly with a good chance to put Cork ahead but he sends his shot wide.

53Mins

Cork 0-7 Tipperary 0-6

Cork lead thanks to Barry O’Driscoll.

54Mins

Cork 0-7 Tipperary 0-7

Conor Sweeney ties it up with his fourth of the game.

Barry O’Driscoll then kicks wide as Cork look to respond.

James Loughrey is starting to have a big influence for Cork.

56Mins

Cork 0-8 Tipperary 0-7

A free from Donncha O’Connor puts Cork back in front.

57Mins

Cork 0-8 Tipperary 0-7

Shane O’Connell limps off for Tipp, Colm O’Shaughnessy comes in. Kieran Bergin also replaces George Hannigan.

59Mins

Cork 0-8 Tipperary 0-8

An easy free for Conor Sweeney levels it after Kevin Crowley was deemed to have picked the ball off the ground.

60Mins

Cork 0-9 Tipperary 0-8

Superb score by Paul Kerrigan from wide on the right puts Cork back in the ascendancy entering the final 10 minutes.

64Mins

Cork 0-10 Tipperary 0-8

A free from Colm O’Neill, his first point of the game, puts Cork two ahead.

66Mins

Cork 0-10 Tipperary 0-8

Good chance for Donncha O’Connor to increase Cork’s lead but it goes wide.

Cork have deployed an effective running game in this second half, a far more adventurous approach in attack, and it has paid dividends so far.

66Mins

Cork 0-10 Tipperary 0-9

Substitute Kevin O’Halloran makes it a one-point game again. They’ve looked a bit lethargic in the second half but Tipp are still in this.

67Mins

Cork 0-10 Tipperary 0-9

Cork sub Gary Murphy kicks another wide for the home side.

71Mins

Cork 1-10 Tipperary 1-9

Incredible drama! Sweeney punches to the net for Tipp after a high ball was played deep into Cork territory, before the Rebels go straight up the other end of the field and Connolly fists home to put them back into the lead.

Five minutes to be added.

74Mins

Cork 1-10 Tipperary 1-9 

Cork holding onto possession with a minute of additional time remaining here.

74Mins

Cork 1-10 Tipperary 1-9 

One last attack from Tipp perhaps but it’s broken up when Kieran Bergin loses possession.

75Mins

Cork 1-10 Tipperary 1-9 

Tipp are down to 14 as Brian Fox gets a black card and they’ve used all their subs.

Cork advance to a Munster final in three weeks’ time — perhaps to be played at the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh — against either Kerry or Clare.

It was a dreadful first half from the Rebels but they showed both character and calibre in the second half to grind out the win.

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