Stakelum’s in­jury-time goal proves de­ci­sive for Tipp

Cork fight back and lead by a point com­ing into in­jury time but Tipp fin­ish stronger

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at the Gaelic Grounds Tip­per­ary picked up what will be the last All-Ire­land Un­der-21 ti­tle, with an in­jury-time goal from sub­sti­tute Conor Stakelum prov­ing de­ci­sive, as his side claimed a de­served vic­tory.

Cork will be bit­terly dis­ap­pointed with the man­ner of this de­feat, hav­ing clawed back a three-point deficit with four suc­ces­sive scores to lead by a point head­ing into ad­di­tional time. Cork de­stroyed Tip­per­ary when the sides met in the Mun­ster fi­nal, 2-23 to 1-13, but right from the get-go one got the feel­ing this game would be a much closer af­fair.

Tip­per­ary man­ager Liam Cahill re­fused to rule out go­ing for the va­cant Tip­per­ary se­nior man­agers po­si­tion when speak­ing after the game – while also hint­ing he may be tempted to stay with the un­der-20’s. “The bot­tom line is sure, I’m a Tip­per­ary man and I love Tip­per­ary hurl­ing,” he ex­plained. “I said dur­ing the week if the op­por­tu­nity arises to talk to the rel­e­vant peo­ple se­lect­ing the next Tip­per­ary man­ager, I’d love to sit down and talk to them.

Right place

“Whether I’m right or not for the job, I’m not sure. I’d like to re­main where I am. I know I’m talk­ing a bit too much but I feel now the right place for me to be is with next year’s U20s, and to get an­other year un­der my belt and then to see if the op­por­tu­nity comes around again. But look there’s no time like the present. We’ll sit down and see if I’m ap­proached and if we do, we do. The bot­tom line, as I said dur­ing the week, the man­ager’s ap­point­ment is big, but it’s who­ever is go­ing to be on this man’s ticket is the key.”

Tip­per­ary started well and were awarded a penalty when Mark Ke­hoe was taken down by Cork cen­tre-back Mark Cole­man. Jake Mor­ris made no mis­take with the fin­ish to give his side a 1-5 to 0-1 ad­van­tage.

Cork re­sponded su­perbly though hit­ting six points in suc­ces­sion to re­duce the deficit to one be­fore De­nis Ring’s side man­aged a goal of their own. The goal was su­perb, with Conor Ca­ha­lane ac­cel­er­at­ing through the Tip­per­ary de­fence, beat­ing the at­tempted tack­lers and hav­ing the com­po­sure to fin­ish past goal­keeper Barry Ho­gan. By half time Cork were in front 1-9 to 1-7 with the scores from Ca­ha­lane and Rob­bie O’Flynn aid­ing the rebels. Tip­per­ary re­mained in the hunt as Jake Mor­ris and Jerome Cahill spear­headed the attack. It was Tip­per­ary who looked en­er­gised after the restart as they reg­is­tered four of the first five scores of the sec­ond half. They were still lead­ing by 1-12 to 1-10 in the 48th minute, though Cork replied with points from Dar­ragh Fitzgib­bon and Ca­ha­lane. Tip­per­ary ap­peared to have the game won when mid­fielder Stephen Nolan found the net with a su­perb solo fin­ish and Cork re­ally had a moun­tain to climb at this stage. De­clan Dal­ton started the Cork re­vival with an ex­cel­lent free be­fore a fan­tas­tic point from Brian Turn­bull halved the deficit.

De­clan Dal­ton then lev­elled with a free after Dar­ragh Fitzgib­bon was fouled, be­fore Tim O’Ma­hony gave his side the lead and at this stage the mo­men­tum was very much with Cork. Conor Stakelum found the net for Tip­per­ary be­fore David Glee­son added an in­sur­ance point to send the Tip­per­ary (57). crowd into rap­tures.

Cork man­ager De­nis Ring rued the late goal. “There was no time to come back. You are into in­jury time. It is a great time to get a score, it is a ter­ri­ble time to con­cede a score. Some­times, it hap­pens for you. Some­times, it doesn’t. It is a pity we ended up be­ing in that po­si­tion where we gave them an op­por­tu­nity to comeback. We may pos­si­bly have had a cou­ple of chances to push on and win it.” (41),CMor­gan­forO’Dy­wer(49),PCadell­forCham­pion(52),LFair­broth­er­forCEnglish(61).

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