O’Sullivan goal caps Cork demolition job

Munster IHC

Cork 1-24 Tipperary 2-6

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday June 01 2009

CORK booked a semi-final showdown with Clare on June 21 by cruising to victory against Tipperary at Semple Stadium yesterday.

The Rebels ran riot after half-time against the Premier County to run out emphatic 15-point winners.

Cork led by 0-10 to 1-4 at half-time, but pulled away effortlessly in the second half as Maurice O’Sullivan’s 42nd-minute goal killed the game stone dead as a contest.

Rampant Cork outscored their opponents by 1-14 to 1-2 in this second period as they avenged last year’s semi-final defeat against the same opposition.

Tipp, beaten finalists against Limerick last year, had no answer as Cork produced a quite devastating attacking display which yielded scores from nine different players.

Five of the six starting forwards were on target, centre-forward Mark O’Sullivan the exception, while both wing-backs contributed to the final tally.

John Carey, at right half-back, bombed forward for three points from play, while midfielder Barry Coleman chipped in with a brace of scores.

In attack, Brendan Ring top-scored with seven points, including three frees, goalscorer O’Sullivan also raised two white flags and Rory Dwyer pilfered four points from play.

Tipperary goalkeeper Matthew Ryan kept Cork at bay with a couple of fine saves before O’Sullivan finally found a way through at the Killinan end.

Cork were on fire in the opening stages and led by 0-5 to 0-0 early on and by 0-8 to 0-3, before Timmy Dalton kept Tipperary in touch with a 22nd-minute goal.

O’Sullivan’s strike ended any faint hopes of a second half Tipp revival, although substitute Fergal Horgan managed a consolation goal with nine minutes left.

Scorers — Cork: B Ring 0-7 (0-3f), M O’Sullivan 1-2, R Dwyer

0-4, J Carey, S Moylan 0-3 each, B Coleman 0-2, J O’Leary (f), E Collins, M Collins 0-1 each. Tipperary: T Dalton 1-1, F Horgan 1-0, W O’Dwyer, M Dunne, A Ryan, D Stapleton, J Ryan (f) 0-1 each.

CORK — A Nash; P Fitzgerald, D McSweeney, B Murphy; J Carey, R Cashman, J O’Leary; E Dillon, B Coleman; R Dwyer, M O’Sullivan, S Moylan; M O’Sullivan, E Collins, B Ring. Subs: E Clancy for Carey (53), A Mannix for Collins (55), M Collins for Dwyer (58), B Lawton for Coleman (60+2).

TIPPERARY — M Ryan; L Mackey, S Walsh, J Harkin; C Coughlan, J Coghlan, S Horan; W O’Dwyer, T Minogue; A Fitzgerald, M Dunne, C Dillon; A Ryan, J Ryan, T Dalton. Subs: F Horgan for A Ryan (38), D Stapleton for O’Dwyer (41), M O’Meara for J Ryan (46), D Lyne for Horan (51), S Keating for Coughlan (57).

Ref — D Richardson (Limerick)

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So slick Cork turn on power

Cork 1-24 Tipperary 2-6

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, June 01, 2009

CORK were most impressive in this 15-point demolition of Tipperary, cruising into the Munster IHC semi-final at Semple Stadium yesterday.

Tipp, beaten provincial finalists last year, had no answer in a one-sided quarter-final as a slick Cork outfit booked a clash with Clare on June 21.

Cork, who led 0-10 to 1-4 at half-time, outscored the hosts 1-14 to 1-2 in the second-half. Maurice O’Sullivan’s 42nd-minute goal handed Cork a 1-17 to 1-5 advantage and killed the game as a spectacle.

Brendan Ring top-scored for Cork with seven points, including three frees, but this was an outstanding overall attacking performance from the winners.

Five of their six starting forwards had scores from play, both wing backs also contributed to the final tally and midfielder Barry Coleman chipped in with a brace of points. The early signs looked ominous for Tipp as Cork raced into a 0-5 to 0-0 lead. Cork led 0-8 to 0-3 after 20 minutes before Timmy Dalton’s well-taken goal in the 22nd minute breathed fresh life into Tipp.

Cork opened the second half with a statement of intent, rattling off four unanswered points. Tipperary goalkeeper Matthew Ryan tried to quell the rising Cork tide with a couple of fine saves but he was eventually beaten by O’Sullivan’s strike seven minutes after half-time.

Cork were rampant from that point, adding another four unanswered points before Tipperary sub Fergal Horgan grabbed a consolation goal with nine minutes of normal time remaining.

Scorers for Tipperary: T Dalton 1-1, F Horgan 1-0, W O’Dwyer, M Dunne, A Ryan, D Stapleton & J Ryan (f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Cork: B Ring 0-7 (3f), M O’Sullivan 1-2, R Dwyer 0-4, J Carey & S Moylan 0-3 each, B Coleman 0-2, J O’Leary (f), E Collins & M Collins 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: M Ryan; L Mackey, S Walsh, J Harkin; C Coughlan, J Coghlan, S Horan; W O’Dwyer, T Minogue; A Fitzgerald, M Dunne, C Dillon; A Ryan, J Ryan, T Dalton. Subs: F Horgan for A Ryan (38), D Stapleton for O’Dwyer (41), M O’Meara for J Ryan (46), D Lyne for Horan (51), S Keating for Coughlan (57).

CORK: A Nash; P Fitzgerald, D McSweeney, B Murphy; J Carey, R Cashman, J O’Leary; E Dillon, B Coleman; R Dwyer, M O’Sullivan, S Moylan; M O’Sullivan, E Collins, B Ring. Subs: E Clancy for Carey (53), A Mannix for Collins (55), M Collins for Dwyer (58), B Lawton for Coleman (60+2).

Referee: D Richardson (Limerick)

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