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Dublin: 9 °C Thursday 5 March, 2015

As it happened: Cork v Tipperary, NHL Division 1A semi-final

We went minute-by-minute in the second of the day’s NHL semi-finals.

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Cork 1-25 Tipperary 2-15 (FT)

15:5515.55 – Hello, and welcome to our liveblog of the second NHL semi-final of the day.

15:5615.56 – Here are your teams:

CORK (SH): D Óg Cusack; S O’Neill, S McDonnell, C O’Sullivan; S Óg Ó hAilpín, E Cadogan, W Egan; J Gardiner, L McLoughlin; J Coughlan, P Cronin, N McCarthy; L O’Farrell, P O’Sullivan, P Horgan.

TIPPERARY (SH): B Cummins; C O’Brien, Padraic Maher (Capt), M Cahill; T Stapleton. C O’Mahony, D Young; B Maher, J Woodlock; G Ryan, N McGrath, P Bourke; S Bourke, B O’Meara, J O’Brien.

16:0716.07 – In case you missed it, we’ve already covered the first NHL semi-final today. You can find all the details here.

16:1216.12 – I’m told the game will throw-in at 4.15pm, rather than 4pm, which was originally the plan.

16:1616.16 – And we’re underway…

16:1816.18 – A Pa Bourke point has given Tipperary the perfect start.

16:2016.20Gardiner strikes it over following good interplay to bring Cork level.

16:2116.21Pa Bourke, with the help of a strong breeze, strikes a free over the bar, to restore Tipp’s advantage.

16:2516.25Horgan puts Cork in the lead for the first time in this game following a lovely flowing move , after Egan’s free brought them level.

16:2716.27 – Another well-executed free from Pa Bourke levels the scores again. No one else has scored for Tipp yet.

16:2816.28 – Neither side has really got a grip of this game yet, and it’s as even as the score suggests.

16:3016.30 – A wonderful point from McCarthy from distance to put Cork back in the lead.

16:3216.32 – A Horgan free doubles Cork’s advantage, before Tipp respond immediately with a point.

16:3616.36 – Donal Óg Cusack has unfortunately had to go off with an injury, and the Cork goalkeeper is replaced by Anthony Nash.

16:3916.39O’Sullivan gives Cork a three-point lead.

Jimmy Barry Murphy’s men have done well so far, especially given that they’re playing into the wind.

16:4116.41Pa Bourke, probably the player of the game so far, has just brought his side to within a point of a Cork, with a superbly executed strike from distance.

16:4416.44Pa Bourke scores another free, with a little help again from the wind. His accuracy both from frees and general play has been incredible so far.

16:4816.48 – A Patrick Horgan free brings the sides level for the umpteenth time.

The first-half has been a lesson in free-taking from both sides, with Horgan and Bourke looking impressive for their respective sides.

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(A die-hard Cork fan preparing for the game earlier – INPHO/Donall Farmer)

16:5216.52 – Egan hits a 65 well wide. Perhaps the wind was to blame there.

However, McCarthy subsequently gets a well-taken point following good work from Egan.

16:5516.55O’Meara brings Tipp to within a point of Cork, and he then earns a free, which Pa Bourke duly converts with ease.

16:5616.56FULL-TIME: CORK 0-10 TIPPERARY 0-10

16:5816.58 – Donal Óg Cusack’s injury is “not looking good” apparently, according to Cork selector John Crowley.

17:0017.00 – So it’s half-time and the sides are as evenly matched as the scoreline suggests.

Cork, though, will probably be the slightly happier team at half-time, given that they’ve arguably played the better hurling and are playing with the wind in the second half.

17:1017.10 – The second half has begun, and O’Farrell immediately registers a point for Cork, before Ryan responds swiftly for Tipp.

17:1117.11 – News has emerged that Cork goalkeeper Donal Óg Cusack may have torn his achilles, which would result in a long-term injury unfortunately.

17:1317.13 – This is turning into a real battle, and it’s almost impossible to predict a winner at the moment.

Meanwhile, Horgan has put Cork ahead with another free.

17:1517.15

The latest on Cork captain Donal Óg Cusack is that he could potentially be out for the remainder of the year sadly.

17:1617.16 – William Egan has just missed another 65. He hasn’t been quite as clinical as some of his colleagues.

17:1817.18 – As Patrick Horgan gets yet another point from a free, an attendance of just over 15,000 is announced at Semple Stadium today.

17:1917.19GOAL FOR TIPPERARY!

17:2217.22O’Meara shows great strength to evade his marker and hammer it home for the first goal of the game.

17:2417.24Anthony Nash has just scored a point from his own half.

The goal has really set the game alight, and Cork have shown great character to respond in such a positive manner.

17:2617.26O’Farrell swivels away from his marker, before scoring an excellent point, to give Cork a one-point advantage.

17:2717.27GOAL FOR TIPPERARY!

17:2817.28Eoin Kelly scores another goal for Tipp, with a powerful free from roughly 20 yards out.

17:3017.30 – Tipp are undoubtedly on top at the moment, as goalscorer Eoin Kelly strikes over another free.

17:3117.31 – A brilliant finish from Luke O’Farrell from a difficult angle, following a well-worked Cork move.

17:3417.34 – Substitute Conor Lehane has just extended Cork’s advantage from a free.

17:3617.36 – A beautifully taken score from McCarthy emphasises Cork’s growing dominance in this game.

17:3917.39Pa Cronin scores for Cork, before an O’Meara point gives them something to think about.

17:4117.41 – A beautifully struck point from Conor Lehane, who has looked very impressive since he came on.

17:4317.43 – A point from another substitute, Darren Sweetnam, adds to Cork’s advantage. It looks like Cork have this game wrapped up.

17:4617.46 – Great stop by Anthony Nash from Eoin Kelly’s free, to confirm his side’s victory.

17:4717.47FULL-TIME: TIPPERARY 2-15 CORK 1-25

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17:5717.57 – Alright, that’s it from me. Thanks again for reading, and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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