Shee­han’s goal res­cues re­play for Cork af­ter epic

Irish Examiner - Sport - - GAA - Eoghan Cormi­can

An Evan Shee­han goal three min­utes into in­jury-time at the end of the sec­ond pe­riod of ex­tra-time res­cued a re­play for Cork in this pul­sat­ing Mun­ster MHC semi-fi­nal con­test.

A Dar­ragh Woods goal two min­utes from the end of the sec­ond pe­riod of ex­tra-time had the look of a win­ner about it, the Tip­per­ary sub scoop­ing the slio­tar across the line on 78 min­utes af­ter Cork keeper Ger Collins had dropped Paddy Cadell’s de­liv­ery. Woods tal­lied 1-4 of Tip­per­ary’s 1-5 dur­ing ex­tra-time and when Wil­lie Barry edged them 2-18 to 0-21 in front, that ap­peared to be that.

Ref­eree Rory Mc­gann al­lowed play con­tinue and Cork were pre­sented a life­line in the guise of a 25-me­tre free. Evan Shee­han was handed re­spon­si­bil­ity and his dead­ball ef­fort lodged into the Tip­per­ary net to set up a re­play at Páirc UÍ Rinn to­mor­row (1pm).

The first pe­riod of ex­tra­time pro­duced two points at ei­ther end. First, Woods sniped a pair of points. Back came their op­po­nents, with De­clan Han­lon and Daire Con­nery (free) lev­el­ling matters for a fifth oc­ca­sion.

Hav­ing been out­played, out­pro­duced hurled and out­thought in the 12 min­utes af­ter the in­ter­val break, dur­ing which Tip­per­ary outscored Cork by 0-5 to 01 to move 1-12 to 0-9 in front, the vis­i­tors looked to have forced ex­tra-time when Robert Downey lev­elled pro­ceed­ings three and a half min­utes into sec­ond-half stop­pages.

The full-for­ward’s ef­fort was Cork’s sixth point with­out re­ply, with De­nis Ring’s charges hav­ing wres­tled mo­men­tum from the reign­ing cham­pi­ons dur­ing a hugely en­ter­ing clos­ing quar­ter. Tip­per­ary were the ar­chi­tects of their own slip-up dur­ing these clos­ing stages, with a num­ber of poor de­ci­sions taken close to Ger Collins’ goal. There was also a Ray Mccor­mack goal chance kept out by a su­perb last-ditch hook, while three Anthony Mck­elvey frees failed to find the tar­get.

But just as the crowd of 4,254 set­tled in for ex­tra-time fol­low­ing Downey’s equaliser, the ex­cel­lent Paddy Cadell stole pos­ses­sion in the mid­dle of the field, the slio­tar was worked to Jake Mor­ris and he fired Tip­per­ary back in front – this was their first score in 21 min­utes of play.

The clock showed 64 min­utes and 10 sec­onds had elapsed.

And with Rory Mc­gann hav­ing sig­nalled for four ad­di­tional min­utes, we ex­pected the fi­nal whis­tle to sound from the re­sult­ing restart.

It never ar­rived. Cork swept down­field and it was Downey who again proved their saviour, split­ting the posts from the tight­est of an­gles.

The first-half had fin­ished with Tip­per­ary in front by 1-7 to 0-8. Cork, thanks to four points from the lively Turn­bull, spent most of the open­ing pe­riod hold­ing the in­side lane. But they would fail to score be­tween the 18th and 32nd minute, dur­ing which Liam Cahill’s troops notched 1-3 with­out re­ply.

Points from Cadell and Mck­elvey (free) brought Tip­per­ary within a point of their op­po­nents, 0-7 to 0-6, and they hit the front when Ray Mccor­mack, set-up by a su­perb Conor Bowe catch, the open­ing goal on 27 min­utes. A Cadell point there­after com­pleted the Tip­per­ary pur­ple patch.

Daire Con­nery, with his third of the half, ended Cork’s bar­ren pe­riod in first-half stop­pages. The county’s wait for a first Mun­ster mi­nor fi­nal ap­pear­ance since 2008 ex­tends for an­other 48 hours but bet­ter that than to be wait­ing an­other 12 months.

They’ll be glad of the sec­ond chance. They fairly earned it.

Scor­ers for Tip­per­ary: A Mck­elvey (08, 0-7 frees); D Woods (1-4, 0-3 frees); R Mccor­mack (1-0); P Cadell (0-3); J Mor­ris (0-2); W Barry (0-1);

Scor­ers for Cork: B Turn­bull (0-9, 0-5 frees); D Con­nery (0-7, 0-5 frees); E Shee­han (1-0, 1-0 free); R Downey (0-2); L O’shea, D Line­han, D Han­lon (0-1 each).

CORK: G Collins (Ballinhas­sig); C O’cal­laghan (Drom­tar­riffe), S O’leary Hayes (Mi­dle­ton), E Roche (Bride Rovers); J Keat­ing (Kil­dor­rrery), G Millerick (Fr O’neill’s), R How­ell (Douglas); D Con­nery (Na Piar­saigh), D Line­han (Bal­ly­hooly); C Hanafin (Na Piar­saigh), L O’shea (Lis­goold), B Roche (Bride Rovers); E Shee­han (Na Piar­saigh), R Downey (Glen Rovers), B Turn­bull (Douglas).

Subs: A Walsh Barry (Car­rigt­wohill) for How­ell (30); B Mur­phy (Castle­lyons) for O’shea (39); C O’brien (Church­town/ Lis­car­roll Gaels) for Hanafin (48); D Han­lon (Blar­ney) for Shee­han (50 mins); L O’shea for Mur­phy (64); D Jones (Dromina) for O’brien (70); E Shee­han for B Roche (77).

TIP­PER­ARY: E Collins (Drom & Inch); K Breen (Knock­av­illa Donaskeigh Kick­hams), M Fee­han (Sean Trea­cys), M Pur­cell (Na Sairsealaigh Óg); R Quirke (Cap­pawhite), C Mor­gan (Kil­ru­ane Mac­don­aghs), B O’mara (Holy­cross-bal­lyc­ahill); J Cahill (Kil­ru­ane Mac­don­aghs), P Cadell (JK Brack­ens); C Bowe (Moyne-tem­ple­tuohy), J Mor­ris (Ne­nagh Éire Óg), R Mccor­mack (Bor­ris-ileigh); N Hoc­tor (St Mary’s Clon­mel), A Mck­elvey (Moy­carkey-bor­ris), C Bourke (Clonoulty-ross­more).

Subs: A Or­monde (JK Brack­ens) for Bourke (38); K Mc­carthy (Toomevara) for Hoc­tor (58); B Sey­mour (Ki­ladan­gan) for O’mara (60); D Woods (Holy­cross­bal­lyc­ahill) for Or­monde (60); E Con­nolly (Cashel King Cor­macs) for Quirke (60); B O’mara for Bowe (60); C Bowe for Mck­elvey (69); W Barry (Cap­pawhite) for Mccor­mack (74).

Ref­eree: R Mc­gann (Clare).

Pic­ture: Eóin Noo­nan/sportsfile

Cork’s Conor O’cal­laghan about to grab the ball ahead of Tip­per­ary’s Dar­ragh Woods dur­ing the Elec­tric Ire­land Mun­ster MHC semi-fi­nal at Sem­ple Sta­dium in Thurles.

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