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Good afternoon, folks.

You’re very welcome along to our liveblog of that rarest of beasts – a Munster Senior Football Championship final from which Kerry are absent.

At Páirc Uí Chaoimh at 1.30pm, Cork and Tipperary will clash for the honour of being crowned provincial champions, with an All-Ireland semi-final meeting with Mayo also on the line.

Stick with us here and we’ll keep you posted on all the major moments throughout the game.

colin-oriordan-arrives Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

The big news ahead of this one is that Colin O’Riordan, who’s on the books of AFL club Sydney Swans, will start for Tipperary in place of Emmet Moloney.

Cork, who are hindered significantly by the loss of the injured Sean Powter, are set to line out as selected.


1. Evan Comerford

2. Alan Campbell
3. Jimmy Feehan
4. Colm O’Shaughnessy

5. Bill Maher
6. Kevin Fahey
7. Robbie Kiely

8. Steven O’Brien
9. Liam Casey

10. Conal Kennedy
11. Michael Quinlivan
19. Colin O’Riordan

13. Brian Fox
14. Conor Sweeney
15. Colman Kennedy


16. Michael O’Reilly
17. Tadhg Fitzgerald
18. Dáire Brennan
12. Emmet Moloney
20. Padraic Looram
21. Paudie Feehan
22. Sean O’Connor
23. Philip Austin
24. Jason Lonergan
25. Shane Foley
26. Liam Boland


1. Micheal Martin

2. Kevin O’Donovan
3. Maurice Shanley
4. Paul Ring

5. Tadhg Corkery
6. Sean Meehan
7. Mattie Taylor

8. Ian Maguire
9. Killian O’Hanlon

10. John O’Rourke
11. Colm O’Callaghan
12. Ruairi Deane

13. Mark Collins
14. Brian Hurley
15. Luke Connolly


16. Anthony Casey
17. Sam Ryan
18. Aidan Browne
19. Sean White
20. Paul Walsh
21. Mark Keane
22. Kevin O’Driscoll
23. Paul Kerrigan
24. Michael Hurley
25. Damien Gore
26. Cathail O’Mahony

This is the first meeting of these teams in a Munster final since 2002. Tipperary are aiming to win their 10th provincial crown, but it has been a long 85 years since their last one in 1935.

To mark the 100-year anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the players are currently observing a moment of silence in memory of the 14 people who lost their lives.

Tipperary are wearing a special commemorative white and green jersey for the occasion.

Cork 0-0 Tipperary 0-0

1 – The game is underway, with Cork attacking the City End.

Tipperary 0-1 Cork 0-0

1 – Tipp take an early lead as Conor Sweeney takes a mark from Colin O’Riordan’s pass and slots it over.

Tipperary 0-2 Cork 0-0

2 – Great play by Robbie Kiely and Sweeney knocks over his second.

Tipperary 0-3 Cork 0-0

3 – Michael Quinlivan kicks a fine score to increase Tipp’s lead. Superb start from the Premier County.

Tipperary 0-3 Cork 0-1

4 – Cork’s account is opened by Luke Connolly. Very bright start to this game.


Tipperary 0-3 Cork 0-1

5 – Brian Hurley has a go for Cork but his shot drifts narrowly wide.


Tipperary 0-3 Cork 0-2

7 – Connolly has a free from wide on the right and kicks it perfectly.


Cork 0-3 Tipperary 0-3

10 – Mark Collins wins a free for Cork and levels the game himself.

Cork 0-3 Tipperary 0-3

11 – Sweeney finds an opportunity to put Tipp back ahead but his rushed effort misses the target.

Tipperary 0-4 Cork 0-3

12 – Sweeney makes no mistake this time with a straightforward free and Tipp take the lead again.


Cork 0-4 Tipperary 0-4

15 – Connolly converts a 45 for Cork and the teams are level again.


Cork 0-5 Tipperary 0-4

16 – Connolly kicks a long-range free and Cork go ahead for the first time.


Cork 0-5 Tipperary 0-5

17 – Difficult angle facing Sweeney but he aces it to issue a swift response on Tipp’s behalf just before the water break.


Tipperary 0-6 Cork 0-5

18 – Liam Casey gathers a delightful ball from Quinlivan and kicks Tipp back in front after taking the mark.


Tipperary 0-6 Cork 0-5

20 – An opportunity for Sweeney to increase Tipp’s lead with a difficult free but he’s unable to take it.


Tipperary 0-6 Cork 0-5

22 – Sweeney – again from a tricky angle – kicks a wide after Cork squandered a good scoring opportunity at the other end.


Cork 0-6 Tipperary 0-6

23 -  Colm O’Callaghan points for Cork, with Kevin Fahey yellow-carded afterwards for a late challenge on Mattie Taylor during the build-up.


Cork 0-6 Tipperary 0-6

25 – Brian Hurley with a good chance to nudge Cork in front but his shot sails wide.


Tipperary 0-7 Cork 0-6

27 – O’Riordan wins a free for Tipp, which Quinlivan duly converts for his second point of the game.


Tipperary 0-8 Cork 0-6

29 – An absolute beaut of a point from Quinlivan, who splits the posts from the right sideline with the outside of his boot. A joy to watch.


Tipperary 0-9 Cork 0-6

33 – A sloppy tackle by Killian O’Hanlon on Steven O’Brien earns the Corkman a yellow card, and allows Sweeney to increase Tipp’s lead with an easy free. Five points now for Sweeney.


Tipperary 0-10 Cork 0-7

35 – Kevin Fahey scores another one for Tipp, before John O’Rourke hits back for Cork.

Tipperary 0-10 Cork 0-7

35 -  Two additional minutes are to be played at the end of this first half.


Tipperary 0-11 Cork 0-7

35 – Quinlivan is on fire. He scores another cracker following great work by Brian Fox.

Tipperary deservedly go in at the break with a decent lead. A lot of work for Cork to be done in the second half if they’re to deny the Premier County a first Munster crown since 1935.

Tipperary 0-11 Cork 0-7

36 – The game has resumed.

Tipperary 0-12 Cork 0-7

36 – An early chance from a mark allows Sweeney to stretch Tipp’s lead.


Tipperary 0-12 Cork 0-7

37 – A Tipperary goal has been ruled out for a square ball after an earlier effort had hit the crossbar. Major let-off for Cork.



Tipperary 0-12 Cork 0-7

37 – A change on the Cork team at half-time saw Cathail O’Mahony replace Luke Connolly, who picked up a hamstring injury.


Major question marks over Maurice Deegan’s square ball call on that Tipp goal.

Tipperary 0-12 Cork 0-8

39 – Mark Collins kicks a free before Sam Ryan replaces Paul Ring on the Cork team.

Tipperary 0-12 Cork 0-9

42 – Nicely taken point by Brian Hurley leaves three between the teams.

Tipperary 0-12 Cork 0-9

44 – Another change for Cork, with Sean White coming in for Colm O’Callaghan. 


Tipperary 0-12 Cork 0-9

46 – Sweeney kicks a free from wide on the right but it drops short and Cork get it clear.


Tipperary 0-12 Cork 0-9

47 – Cork, although performing better so far in this second half, have still been very wasteful in possession in attack.

Tipperary 0-12 Cork 0-9

49 – A Tipp free from around 50 yards out is taken by goalkeeper Evan Comerford, whose effort is gathered by his opposite number.

Tipperary 0-12 Cork 0-9

51 – Sean White gets a look at the posts for Cork but his effort doesn’t have the accuracy.

Tipperary 0-12 Cork 0-9

52 – Collins looks to get in for a goal chance for Cork but he’s crowded out by the Tipp backs who win a free.

Tipperary 0-12 Cork 0-9

53 – Another Cork chance squandered with Ruairi Deane kicking a wide just before the water break.

Tipperary 0-13 Cork 0-9

53 – A Liam Casey point puts Tipp four ahead as Paudie Feehan replaces Kevin Fahey.


Tipperary 0-14 Cork 0-9

55 – Two in a row for Tipp as Sweeney gets another. Cork are in serious trouble but the Premier County are flying!


Tipperary 0-14 Cork 0-9

56 – Another Cork wide kicked by Taylor, but it’s being brought back for a free to the Rebels due to a foul by Sweeney on O’Rourke.


Tipperary 0-14 Cork 0-10

57 – Collins makes no mistake with the free.


Tipperary 0-14 Cork 0-11

59 – Collins kicks another free to reduce the gap to three points.



Tipperary 0-14 Cork 0-11

59 – Cork have introduced AFL star Mark Keane – their goalscoring hero against Kerry – in place of Killian O’Hanlon.


Tipperary 0-14 Cork 0-11

61 – Patient build-up play by Cork but it comes to nothing due to some resolute Tipp defending.


Tipperary 0-14 Cork 0-11

63 – Cathail O’Mahony finds space but his shot sails wide. Cork dominating possession but unable to make it count on the scoreboard.



Tipperary 0-14 Cork 0-12

63 – Brian Hurley does well to release Sean White. A sniff of a goal chance but he takes his point.


Tipperary 0-15 Cork 0-12

65 – A free from 45 out for Tipp brings Comerford up again and the goalkeeper nails it.


Tipperary 0-16 Cork 0-12 

66 – A bizarre Tipp point as Micheal Martin’s kick-out goes straight to Quinlivan, who tried to lob the Cork goalkeeper, only for the ball to bounce over off the crossbar.

Tipperary 0-16 Cork 0-12 

68 – Bill Maher misses a straightforward opportunity for Tipp, before Cork go up the other end and Michael Hurley puts a shot wide.


Tipperary 0-16 Cork 0-13

70 – Cathail O’Mahony points a free for Cork as we enter the final minute of normal time.


Tipperary 0-17 Cork 0-13

70 – Colin O’Riordan with a good chance for Tipp but it misses the target off a Cork hand.

Comerford’s 45 hits the post and Philip Austin points the rebound.

Tipperary 0-17 Cork 0-13

70 – We’re in the second of five additional minutes. Tipp are on the verge of a famous long-awaited Munster title, can they see it out?

Tipperary 0-17 Cork 0-14

70 (+3) – John O’Rourke with a point for Cork to close the gap. Two minutes remain.

Incredible scenes in Cork as Tipperary are crowned Munster champions for the first time since 1935 with a richly deserved victory.

“I’m ready to cry,” Tipp boss David Power tells RTÉ. “It’s just massive.”

Thanks for following our updates from this historic occasion.

Tipperary people, enjoy the celebrations!

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