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Cork caught for draw by Tyrone but still book league semi-final place

Tyrone launched a late comeback in Páirc Uí Rinn this afternoon.

Cork's John Hayes and Tyrone's Ronan McNamee.
Cork's John Hayes and Tyrone's Ronan McNamee.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Cork 2-14
Tyrone 0-20

CORK BOOKED THEIR place in the semi-finals of Division 1 of the football league this afternoon despite Tyrone hauling them back to clinch a draw in Páirc Uí Rinn.

Late points by Sean Cavanagh, Kyle Coney and Ronan O’Neill ensured Mickey Harte’s side gained parity. Tyrone are now still in the running for a league semi-final place ahead of next Sunday’s home tie against Dublin.

Tyrone had made the early running and were ahead by 0-12 to 1-5 at the break. Coney, who struck eight points from play overall, raised six white flags in the first-half. Cork were unable to cope with the threat of him and Darren McCurry as they fell four points behind at the midway mark.

Paul Kerrigan found the net after five minutes to keep Cork in the hunt as he slalomed through the Tyrone rearguard and finished off his left. Brian Hurley’s point taking put Cork in the ascendancy at one stage but they conceded the last five points of the opening period.

Cork opened the second-half brightly with Hurley, John O’Rourke, John Hayes and substitute Colm O’Neill bringing them level at 1-10 to 0-13. Then came Cork’s second goal with O’Neill crashing to the net after fine work by Patrick Kelly and Andrew O’Sullivan.

Cork continued to hold sway and had stretched their lead to 2-13 to 0-15 through substitutes Colm O’Driscoll and Barry O’Driscoll. But it was Tyrone who finished powerfully to gain a share of the spoils.

Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Scorers for Cork: Brian Hurley 0-5 (0-2f), Colm O’Neill 1-2 (0-2f), Paul Kerrigan 1-0, John Hayes, John O’Rourke 0-2 each, Michael Shields, Colm O’Driscoll, Barry O’Driscoll 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tyrone: Kyle Coney 0-9 (0-1f), Darren McCurry 0-4 (0-2f), Niall Morgan 0-2 (0-1f, 0-1 ’45), Peter Harte, Sean Cavanagh, Conor McAliskey (0-1f), Martin Penrose, Ronan O’Neill (0-1f) 0-1 each.

CORK: David Hanrahan; Eoin Cadogan, Tom Clancy, Noel Galvin; James Loughrey, Michael Shields, Tomas Clancy; Andrew O’Sullivan, Fintan Goold; Mark Collins, Paul Kerrigan, John O’Rourke; Daniel Goulding, Brian Hurley, John Hayes.

Subs: Jamie O’Sullivan for Tomas Clancy (bc) (26), Colm O’Neill for Goulding (half-time), Patrick Kelly for Cadogan (39), Barry O’Driscoll for Galvin (inj) (42), Colm O’Driscoll for Kerrigan (51)

TYRONE: Niall Morgan; Aidan McCrory, Ronan McNamee, Ryan McKenna; Tiernan McCann, Matthew Donnelly, Peter Harte; Colm Cavanagh, Sean Cavanagh; Mark Donnelly, Shay McGuigan, Ciaran McGinley; Darren McCurry, Kyle Coney, Conor McAliskey.

Subs: Danny McBride for McCann (27), Ronan O’Neill for McCurry (53), Conor Gormley for McGinley (53), Martin Penrose for McAliskey (53), Kevin Gallagher for McGuigan (66)

Referee: David Coldrick (Meath)

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