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Morris saves Tipperary as they come from 9 points down to grab draw with Cork

The Premier trailed 1-15 to 1-6 at the interval at Semple Stadium.

Cork's Colm Spillane and Tipperary's Seamus Callanan.
Cork's Colm Spillane and Tipperary's Seamus Callanan.
Image: James Crombie/INPHO

Cork 1-23
Tipperary 2-20

Fintan O’Toole reports from Semple Stadium

JAKE MORRIS WAS sprung from the bench to salvage a result for Tipperary this afternoon as his last-gasp point capped a strong second-half revival to force a draw against Cork.

By half-time Cork had accelerated 1-15 to 1-6 clear, a fine reward for the body of work they put together in that opening period.

Tipperary were struggling in several sectors around the pitch but the McGrath brothers inspired their second-half recovery with Noel’s 46th minute goal igniting their challenge and John swinging over 0-5 from play.

There were two goals witnessed in the first half. Jason Forde unleashed a golden shot to the net in the 14th minute to provide Tipperary with a boost and their opening score of the game. Six minutes previously Anthony Nash had thwarted Patrick Maher with a superb save.

Anthony Nash arrives Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Cork raised their green flag in the 30th minute, Shane Kingston capping a great personal first-half showing by shooting low from an acute angle.

Kingston, captain Seamus Harnedy, Patrick Horgan and Daniel Kearney ensured Cork had an array of scorers in the first half. Cork were 0-7 to 0-0 clear by the 13th minute, 0-13 to 1-3 front after 29 minutes and then held a nine-point advantage as they headed for the dressing rooms at the interval.

Tipperary badly needed a result on the back of last Sunday’s loss to Limerick and five points without reply early in the second half vaulted them back into contention.

Michael Ryan celebrates after his sides scored a second half goal Mick Ryan celebrates after Tipperary bagged a second-half goal. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The attendance of 22,456 were treated to a superb second-half as the game ebbed and flowed. McGrath’s goal cut the deficit Tipperary faced to three points and a pair of points in quick succession by his brother John brought the teams level at 2-17 to 1-20 with ten minutes left on the clock.

Then Cork pushed on thanks to Harnedy and Kingston (2) as they seemed to have weathered the storm. But Tipperary kept charging until the final whistle as Forde from a ’65, John McGrath and youngster Morris contributed to grab a draw at the finish.

Shane Kingston celebrates scoring a point Shane Kingston hit 1-5 today for Cork. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Scorers for Cork: Shane Kingston 1-5, Seamus Harnedy, Patrick Horgan (0-3f) 0-5 each, Daniel Kearney 0-4, Conor Lehane, Bill Cooper 0-2 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: Jason Forde 1-6 (0-4f, 0-2 ’65), Noel McGrath 1-3, John McGrath 0-5, Brendan Maher, Billy McCarthy, Patrick Maher, Seamus Callanan, John O’Dwyer, Jake Morris.


1. Anthony Nash (Kanturk)

2. Sean O Donoghue (Inniscarra)
3. Damien Cahalane (St Finbarr’s)
4. Colm Spillane (Castlelyons)

5. Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh)
6. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)
7. Mark Coleman (Blarney)

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8. Darragh Fitzgibbon (Charleville)
9. Bill Cooper (Youghal)

13. Luke Meade (Newcestown)
11. Conor Lehane (Midleton)
12. Daniel Kearney (Sarsfields)

14. Shane Kingston (Douglas)
10. Seamus Harnedy (St Ita’s – captain)
15. Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers)


21. Brian Lawton (Castlemartyr) for Meade (53)
18. Tim O’Mahony (Newtownshandrum) for Kearney (59)
24. Jamie Coughlan (Newtownshandrum) for Kingston (72)


1. Brian Hogan (Lorrha-Dorrha)

2. Sean O’Brien (Newport)
3. Séamus Kennedy (St Mary’s Clonmel)
4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

5. Joe O’Dwyer (Killenaule)
6. Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
7. Padraic Maher (Capt.) (Thurles Sarsfields)

8. Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)
9. Billy McCarthy (Thurles Sarsfields)

10. Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)
11. Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
12. Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha)

13. Seamus Callanan (Drom-Inch)
14. Jason Forde (Silvermines)
15. John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)


26. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule) for Patrick Maher (half-time)
25. Jake Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg) for Callanan (70)
18. Ger Browne (Knockavilla Kichams) for McCarthy (70)

Referee: John Keenan (Wicklow)

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