Cork 1-18 Tipperary 5-17
Reporting by Marisa Kennedy in LIT Gaelic Grounds.
In 2010, six days after the seniors won the Liam MacCarthy, the Tipperary U21 side put five goals past Galway as they stormed to another All-Ireland title. Today, their U20s were in similar form as an outstanding first-half performance saw them cruise to victory over Cork.
Kiladangan’s Billy Seymour finished the day with 2-5 as four goals in the first period saw Tipperary record the 11-point win, despite a strong comeback from Cork in the second period.
The warning signs were there from Tipp’s eight-goal hammering of Wexford in the semi-final and it took just 16 seconds for Liam Cahill’s side to net their first in Limerick. After a long delivery from Ciaran Conolly, Conor Bowe set up Billy Seymour for a terrific goal.
Within five minutes, Cork had eliminated the goal. Brian Turnbull, Conor O’Callaghan and Ryan Walsh all pointed to level the game but Tipp’s rampage was yet to come. Andrew Ormond grabbed their second before Seymour added another in the space of a minute before senior star Jerome Cahill added his side’s fourth in the seventh minute.
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In a desperate attempt to weather the storm and cut out the supply, Cork dropped two sweepers back but Tipp were relentless. Despite being outnumbered, Seymour battled for possession on the ground and managed to release Jake Morris for his first point of the game.
Conor Bowe battled his way into the game with a point but he could have added another score minutes later when he pulled on a Connolly free along the ground and it took some athletic goalkeeping from Ger Collins to prevent Tipp’s fifth.
Turnbull attempted to keep Cork in touch with frees but he along with the rest of the forwards in the first half were denied possession by tenacious defending from Craig Morgan, Bryan O’Mara and Paddy Cadell. Despite their dominance, the Premier County were wasteful at times and sent two balls flying wide in advantageous areas. A pointed free from Morris left the gap at 11 points at the break.
Tipperary gifted Cork easy opportunities at the start of the second half but Tommy O’Connell sent his two free attempts wide. Tipp were no more clinical at the other end with wasted efforts from Cahill and Johnny Ryan. The outstanding Seymour eventually got the scoreboard ticking again with two terrific points.
Turnbull was in scintillating form for the Rebels and found himself back defending before bringing the margin back to 12 points through frees. Cork introduced Jamie Copps into their full-back line and slowly they began to marshall the lethal Tipp forward with only Seymour left lurking around the square. Cork took full advantage of their opposition’s lull and when O’Connell found himself unmarked at the edge of the square, he rattled home their opening goal. Turnbull added another free to reduce the gap to nine points.
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With their tails in the air, Cork went on the attack. Brian Roche excellently set up Evan Sheehan who forced a brilliant save from Aaron Browne. Minutes later, Sean Twomey saw his goal attempt sail wide. After 12 minutes without a score, Morris eventually settled Tipperary again with a pointed free. Seymour followed that up with an outstanding effort from a sideline cut to seal his man-of-the-match performance.
Cork were subjected to a dismal closing to the game as O’Connell saw red before substitute Cathal Bourke netted their fifth goal to close out the game.
Cork: Ger Collins; Conor O’Callaghan (0-1), James Keating, Eoin Roche; Ger Millerick, Sean O’Leary Hayes, Robert Downey; Ryan Walsh (0-2), Tommy O’Connell (1-1, 1 65); Sean Twomey, Brian Roche (0-1), Daire Connery (0-2); Brian Turnbull (0-9, 7f), Shane O’Regan (0-1), Simon Kennefick.
Replacements: Evan Sheehan for Kennefick (HT), Jamie Copps for Keating (39), Barry Murphy for Connery (40), Padraig Power for Walsh (53)
Tipperary: Aaron Browne; Conor McCarthy, Eoghan Connolly, Craig Morgan; Niall Heffernan, Paddy Cadell, Bryan O’Mara; Ciaran Connolly, Jerome Cahill (1-1); Gearoid O’Connor, Jake Morris (0-7, 1 65, 3f), Johnny Ryan; Andrew Ormond (2-2), Billy Seymour (2-5), Conor Bowe (0-1).
Replacements: Sean Hayes for O’Connor (35), Kian O’Kelly for Ormond (48), Joe Fogarty for Bowe (52), Cathal Bourke for Ryan (57).