NHL Division 1A: TIPP DENY CORK VICTORY AS SPOILS ARE SHARED
By Cian Barry
Cork 2-16 - 0-22 Tipperary
Both teams remain unbeaten, but it is Cork who will feel slightly aggrieved with not coming away with full points from Thurles.
A long range free from Jason Forde tied the game in injury time after Cathal Barrett had reduced the deficit to the minimum in the 74th minute. This gave them their second draw in two weeks after tying with Limerick last week.
When Patrick Horgan scored Corks second goal before the second water break, Cork were able to stay in the lead and keep Tipp at bay until Fordes last minute free.
Alan Cadogan, with his return to the team, opened the scoring inside the first minute and later set up Jack O Connor for what looked like sure goal, but the young forward managed to shoot wide. Tipp responded with 3 points on the bounce with points coming from Forde, O’Dwyer and John McGrath. As the sides traded more points, Cork burst into the lead in the 10th minute with the games first goal. Tim O’Mahony, playing further up in midfield this week, bore down on goal, and although he lost control of the ball, it managed to be flicked wide to Patrick Horgan, who then had the vision and composure to find O’Mahony again who merely had to tap the ball in from the edge of the 6 yard box.
However, due to basic errors including numerous over carry’s, the sides entered the first half water break level, thanks to the sharpshooting of Jason Forde on the frees.
Some poor shooting from Cork kept the game close, but they eventually forged ahead when Robbie O’Flynn pointed but this was to be his last play of the match as he went off injured with his hamstring. Hopefully, this won’t be too serious as he is proving to be a very effective player for Cork. Forde continued to score frees, and when Patrick Horgan matched him in 1st half injury time, Tipp went in at the break 1 point ahead with Cork rueing their 8 first half wides.
It took Cork almost 10 minutes to register their first score of the second half, but they were still well in the game as Tipp took over on the bad wide count as they hit 6 in the opening 12 minutes. After Cork scored their second goal in the 44th minute – again similar to last week by running through the lines – to level the game, Horgan then followed up with a point to put Cork ahead and they would stay their until injury time. And although Tipp started to get on top, Cork remained composed and went 2 points clear at the 70th minute mark thanks to points from subs Conor Cahalane and Alan Connolly. But there was still time for Tipp when Barrett and Forde came to their rescue.
A lively encounter which gave both teams a good run out but will also leave them both plenty to work on. Will Cork be able to sharpen up their short passing game? Will Tipp find a way to create goal chances after two shootouts in a row? All to look forward to.
Scorers for Tipperary: Jason Forde 0-11 (0-10 frees), John McGrath 0-3, Barry Heffernan 0-2, Cathal Barrett, Brian McGrath, Ronan Maher (free), John O’Dwyer, Jake Morris, Paul Flynn 0-1 each.
Scorers for Cork: Patrick Horgan 1-6 (0-5 frees), Tim O’Mahony 1-1, Alan Cadogan, Conor Cahalane 0-2 each, Darragh Fitzgibbon, Daire Connery, Tadhg Deasy, Alan Connolly, Robbie O’Flynn 0-1 each.
TIPPERARY: Barry Hogan; Barry Heffernan, Brian McGrath, Cathal Barrett; Pádraic Maher, Séamus Kennedy, Ronan Maher; Alan Flynn, Noel McGrath; Jake Morris, Jason Forde, Niall O’Meara; John O’Dwyer, John McGrath, Willie Connors. Subs: Michael Breen for Flynn (40), Paul Flynn for O’Meara (44), Paddy Cadell for Noel McGrath, Patrick Maher for O’Dwyer (both 56), Brendan Maher for Connors (60), Dylan Quirke for Morris (64).
CORK: Patrick Collins; Niall O’Leary, Damien Cahalane, Seán O’Leary Hayes; Robert Downey, Mark Coleman, Niall Cashman; Billy Hennessy, Tim O’Mahony; Luke Meade, Darragh Fitzgibbon, Robbie O’Flynn; Alan Cadogan, Patrick Horgan, Jack O’Connor. Subs: Conor Cahalane for O’Flynn (28, injured), Daire Connery for Cashman (45), Eoin Cadogan for Downey, Tadhg Deasy for O’Connor (both 53), Alan Connolly for Alan Cadogan, Seán O’Donoghue for O’Leary Hayes (both 59), Seán Twomey for Meade (70).
Referee: Johnny Murphy (Limerick)