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04 Jul 2022

Disasterous start costs Tipperary minor footballers dearly

The Munster semi-final against Cork was played in FBD Semple Stadium

Tipp minor footballers fall at penultimate hurdle

Tipp minor footballers fall at penultimate hurdle

Munster Minor Football Semi-Final

Cork 3-21

Tipperary 1-13 

A disastrous opening twenty minutes scuppered Tipperary’s chances of a Munster minor football final clash with Kerry as they slumped to a disappointing fourteen points defeat by Cork in the semi-final at  FBD Semple Stadium.

With wins over Waterford, Limerick and Clare under their belts going into the game, Tipperary’s optimism that they could turn over a Cork side that had taken a hammering from Kerry, quickly turned to deep disappointment with the Munster final pairing decided beyond question after Cork had fired 2-9 to Tipp’s solitary point in that opening twenty minute spell.

Tipperary simply were not “at the races”. Slaughtered on their own kick-outs, coughing up possession in alarmingly easy fashion, they lacked the pace and elan of their rivals who strutted about the pitch oozing confidence. They had eight points on the board to Charlie English’s solitary response from Tipp after fourteen minutes when Brian Hayes careered through a fragile Tipp defence for Cork’s first goal.

Two minutes later, from a Tipp kick-out, Cork’s Alan O Connell bagged their second goal.

Game over after twenty minutes.

Just about everything that could go wrong was going wrong for Tipp but to their credit they finally got going and had the last five scores of the first half. They also had a penalty kick saved, Conall Grogan’s shot in the 22nd minute being saved after Ben Carey was fouled but with Grogan and English leading the way they hit five points to trail 0-6 to 2-9 at the interval. What a goal from the penalty would have done for morale!

A Daithi Hogan goal three minutes into the second half raised Tipp supporters hopes but two minutes later Ed Myers scythed through the Tipp defence for a third Cork goal to put them 3-11 to 1-6 clear.

Once more Tipp showed plenty of fight but they never threatened to overhaul their rivals who had Darragh O Donovan black-carded on fifty minutes, and whose management enjoyed the luxury of using their full quota of subs knowing their place in the final was secure.

Scorers: Tipperary: Conall Grogan 0-7 (0-6f), Charlie English 1-3, A Creed 0-2, Charlie King 0-1.

Cork: Brian Hayes 1-5 (0-3f, 0-1 ’45), Ed Myers 1-5, Olan O’Donovan 0-6 (0-2f), Colm Gillespie 0-1, Ben O’Sullivan 0-1, Gearoid Kearney 0-1, Sean Coakley 0-1.

Tipperary: Robbie McGrath (Galtee Rovers/St Pecaun); Alex McSherry (Clonmel Commercials), Ciaran Byrne (Golden-Kilfeacle), Jamie Bergin (JK Brackens); Eoin O’Connell (Loughmore-Castleiney), Charlie King (Ballina), Thomas Charles (Clonmel Commercials); Joe Higgins (Clonmel Commercials), Paddy O’Keeffe (Moyle Rovers); Charlie English (Ballyporeen), Tommy O’Connor (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), Ben Carey (Ballylooby-Castlegrace); Conall Grogan (Galtee Rovers/St Pecaun), Daithi Hogan (St Patrick’s), Fionn Fitzgerald (Killenaule).

Cork: Josh Woods (Valley Rovers); Mark O’Sullivan (Bantry Blues), Colin Molloy (Nemo Rangers), Tim O’Brien (Nemo Rangers); Darragh O’Donovan (Bishopstown), Gearóid Daly (Mallow), Aaron Cullinane (Clonakilty); Colm Geary (Kilshannig), Colm Gillespie (Aghabullogue); Mark Kelleher (Mallow), Ed Myers (Naomh Aban), Alan O’Connell (Kilshannig); Brian Hayes (Nemo Rangers), Gearoid Kearney (Kinsale), Olan O’Donovan (Ibane Gaels).

Referee: Niall Quinn (Clare)

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