David Buckley hits 10 points as Cork claim Munster under-20 title

Rebels took control of final against Tipperary after first water break

Cork celebrate their victory over Tipperary in the EirGrid Munster  under-20 football final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cork celebrate their victory over Tipperary in the EirGrid Munster under-20 football final at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

 

Cork 3-20 Tipperary 3-10

David Buckley was the star of the show with 10 points as Cork saw off the challenge of Tipperary in the Munster under-20 football final at Semple Stadium.

The visitors raced into a three-point lead before Tipp struck for their first goal after six minutes when captain Seán O’Connor finished from close range. Ryan Walsh nudged Tipp in front before he played in Jamie Holloway for their second goal in the 10th minute.

The Rebels were extremely potent at the other end with Buckley in particular a thorn with four points before the water break. After the resumption it was all Cork as they struck 1-6 without reply up to half-time, with the goal coming from full back Diarmuid Phelan who benefited from a gaping hole in the Tipp defence as Cork took a 1-13 to 2-3 lead at half-time.

The trend didn’t change after the break with sub Seán McSweeney benefiting from more lax Tipp tackling for Cork’s second goal after 36 minutes. Tipp went 20 minutes without a score before Emmet Butler pointed with Kevin Grogan adding another to two fine long-range frees in the first half.

Tipp gave themselves a lifeline in the 43rd minute when O’Connor scored his second but two minutes later it was cancelled out by a Colin Walsh goal from close range as Cork led by 11 at the second water break. However, Tipp couldn’t contain Buckley who finished with 10 points, eight from play as they progress to an All-Ireland semi-final against Offaly.

CORK: G Creedon; C O’Donovan, D Phelan (1-0), C McGoldrick; A Walsh-Murphy, T Walsh, D Cashman; B Hayes, N Hartnett; C Corbett (0-2), C Walsh (1-3), E Cooke; D Dorgan (0-3, two frees), J Cahalane (0-1), D Buckley (0-10, two frees).

Subs: S McDonnell (1-0) for Corbett (h-t); N Lordan for O’Donovan, C O’Sullivan for Hayes (both 47); M O’Neill (0-1, free) for Dorgan (49); S O’Sullivan for Cooke (57).

TIPPERARY: C Scully; S Daly, T Condon, B McKeown; E Butler (0-1), B O’Connor, L Kennedy; C Deeley (0-2), B Comerford; C Cadell, J Kiely, J Holloway (1-0); R Walsh (0-2), K Grogan (0-3, two frees), S O’Connor (2-2, two frees).

Subs: J Duncan for McKeown (22 mins, inj); B Kehoe for B O’Connor (h-t); C English for Holloway (39); M Lyons for Comerford (49); K Costello for Walsh (60).

Referee: B Griffin (Kerry).

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