Cork and Tipp play out stalemate


Wednesday, June 24, 2009 – 10:51 PM

The final pairing for the Munster Minor Hurling Championship is unknown after two cracking semi-finals tonight which saw Cork and Tipperary finish level after-extra-time, while Waterford progressed to the final.

After both Cork and Tipperary had produced a thrilling under 21 quarter-final at Semple Stadium a few weeks ago, the corresponding minor teams didn’t disappoint at Pairc Ui Rinn.

Following 80 minutes of pulsating hurling, a replay will be required to separate these sides who finished 5-17 apiece after-extra time.

Amazingly Tipperary led by eight points at half-time in extra-time, but Cork blazed a trail to edge four points in front before a last gasp goal, and a pointed 65′ ensured that the sides must meet again – at a venue likely to be Semple Stadium next week.

This game produced end to end hurling, with Cork leading by the minimum on a 1-07 to 1-06 half-time score-line, with Jamie Coughlan netting the Rebels goal and John O’Dwyer finishing Tipp’s three-pointer.

Cork began the second half brightly with Eoin O’Sullivan raising a green flag two minutes after the restart.

However Tipperary weren’t far from their southern counterparts, with Brian Stapleton adding their second goal, after his move to corner forward reaped dividends.

It looked like the visitors had edged their way to a Munster final with a four-point lead late on, but Cork responded with 1-01 without replay.

In the second minute of injury time substitute Brian Harnett completed a Rebel hat-trick to force extra-time at 3-12 to 2-15.

Tipperary looked unstoppable in the first period with David Butler and David Collins netting goals as they held a 4-17 to 3-13 half-time lead, having played against a stiff wind.

Cork however had other ideas on the restart, and left Tipperary shellshocked as an eight-point deficit quickly was wiped out to ensure the Rebels led by four.

Just as Cork had done in second half injury time in normal time, the Premier County pulled this game out of the fire with 1-01 in second half injury time of extra-time, to ensure a replay date.

At Cusack Park, Ennis a brace of second half goals ensured a Waterford victory by 3-09 to 0-12, after Clare were held to just three points in the closing 30 minutes.

Waterford may have bagged an early first half goal, but Clare held command after 20 minutes by 0-07 to 1-01.

There was little to talk about on the score-sheet before the interval with Clare outscoring the Decies by two points to one in the closing minutes of the half.

However the hosts were firmly on the back foot on the restart as Waterford bagged two quick-fire goals and showed no mercy to finish with a hard-earned six-point win.  

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