Tipperary Minor Hurling manager Tommy Dunne
Having fallen at the hands of Limerick last week, Tipp's hurlers produced a fine performance to sink the visiting Rebels.
Tipperary's minor hurlers got their championship campaign back on track with a well deserved and comprehensive victory over Cork at Semple Stadium this afternoon.
Following on from their defeat at the hands of Limerick in the opening round, the Tipp lads upped the ante considerably with the benefit of the game standing to them when The Rebels came to town.
Three first half goals gave Tipperary a major fillip in this game with two of those goals coming within seven minutes of throw-in thanks to Kevin Maher in the 6th and James Devaney a minute later. It was a very competitive half of hurling with Cork giving as much as they got. But, Tipp's goals were the big difference and they got a third in the 26th minute from Sean Hayes to help his side to a 3-7 to 0-8 interval lead - the eight point lead probably flattering the side, eventhough they were creating and taking their goal chances.
Upon resumption, an Aaron Mulcahy goal for Cork in the 11th minute of the second half had the deficit down to five points. However, Tipp responded with a Sean Hayes goal three minutes later to restore their nine point advantage and from then onwards, Tipperary controlled the game as they finished very strong to create the sizeable differential.
The Tipperary management led by former All-Ireland winning senior captain Tommy Dunne will be well pleased with this win and the manner in which his charges bounced back from defeat a week previously. They hurled with real purpose and knowhow and will go to Limerick on Sunday afternoon next to take on Waterford, brimming with confidence.
See this weeks Tipperary Star for full match report and reaction.