Cork beat Tipperary in Munster MFC but could meet them again in next round

Clare also booked a semi-final spot, against Kerry, with a narrow victory over Limerick in Miltown-Malbay.

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CORK HAVE BOOKED their place in the semi-finals of the Electric Ireland Munster minor football championship, seeing off Tipperary by 1-14 to 1-11 at Páirc Uí Rinn this evening.

Colm O’Callaghan’s first half goal proved crucial for the young Rebels as last year’s provincial and All-Ireland runners-up Tipperary were sent into a playoff with Limerick, who lost by a point to Clare in Miltown-Malbay.

Cork got off to a dream start when O’Callaghan netted in the fourth minute to establish a 1-1 to 0-1 lead for the hosts.

A brace of scores from top scorer Damien Gore (0-8) and another from Mark Buckley (0-5) had Cork 1-4 to 0-1 clear before Michael Barlow responded with a Tipperary free midway through the opening half.

That score kickstarted a run of four points without reply for Tipp as they cut a six-point lead down to just two.

Kevin O’Donovan’s point ended 14 barren minutes on the scoreboard for Cork before Colin English and Gore exchanged points in stoppage time at the end of the first half to leave three between them at the break, Cork ahead by 1-6 to 0-6.

Cork took over upon the resumption as Buckley shot a brace of points, with Gore adding a pair of his own to open up a 1-10 to 0-6 advantage.

But Tipp were back in it when captain Conor Cashman netted in 36th minute and when John Lyons and Hyland (free) added points, just the bare minimum separated the sides.

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A Gore free had Cork two clear again but Tipp refused to yield in a ding-dong second half as Paudie Feehan’s point left just one between them again with 14 minutes left.

Hyland then missed a crucial free that would have levelled matters but he made no mistake with a 45 to tie the scores at 1-11 apiece.

But it was Cork who finished strongest as a Gore free edged them ahead again before Buckley hit a brace of points to make the game safe.

In a real quirk in the system, Tipp could play Cork again in the Munster semi-final on 11 May, provided they beat Limerick next week and then Waterford.

Elsewhere, Kerry’s semi-final opponents have been confirmed as Clare, who edged out Limerick by 0-9 to 1-5.

James Ryan bagged a first half goal for Limerick but the visitors paid a heavy price after registering 12 wides in the second half alone.

Clare’s Joseph McGann grabbed the winning score two minutes from time on a night when he bagged three points in total, a haul matched by Padraig Kelly (three frees).

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