Victories over Cork in senior football are rare so it was a pleasing performance for Tipperary when they beat the Rebels on their home turf in the McGrath Cup quarter final on Sunday.
It was a deserved win for Tipp at Pairc Ui Rinn with even the introduction of some big names unable to rescue the tie for the home side.
Tipperary held on for a 2-9 to 1-9 victory despite a late flourish from Cork and it was the manner in which Tipp survived that late onslaught that will be please manager Peter Creedon most.
They worked hard, didn’t panic and managed to run the clock down in impressive fashion.
A feature of the game was the performance of some of the 2011 All Ireland winning minor team, including Bill Maher - also last year’s All Ireland winning hurling captain - who scored a goal, Liam McGrath and Philip Quirke who impressed with his point scoring.
Seamus Kennedy also slotted in well in defence.
Of the more senior brigade, Barry Grogan stood out and smashed home a penalty
Said manager Peter Creedon - “We are very pleased with the win. We have a bit of work done and it showed there today. Our lads applied themselves well and it was nice to see the younger lads having such a big role. It is a good start for us,” he said.
Tipperary now meet Waterford in the semi-final this weekend.
Tipperary: P Fitzgerald, A Morrissey, P Codd, J Coughlan, J O’Callaghan, S Kennedy, A Campbell, G Hannigan, S O’Brien, P Austin 0-1, A Matassa, B Maher 1-0, L McGrath, P Quirke 0-2, B Grogan 1-6. Subs: L egan for A Campbell; B Jones for A Matassa; B O’Brien for B Maher; D Lowry for P Austin; D Lynch for J Callaghan.
Cork: K O’Halloran, J McLoughlin, E Cadogan, D Cahalane, M Shields, B Shanahan, N O’Leary, A O’Connor, A O’Sullivan, J Fitzpatrick, C Sheean 1-1, O Mulrooney, B O’Driscoll 0-2, D O’Connor 0-3, L Shorten 0-2. Subs: P Kerrigan for Fitzpatrick; P O’Neill for Mulrooney; A Walsh for O’Connor; F Goold 0-2 for O’Driscoll; S Kiely for O’Leary.
Referee: S Joy (Kerry)