Evan Sheehan’s late goal earns Cork a thrilling draw with Tipperary

Both sides must do it again on Saturday after extra-time in minor hurling semi-final

Cork’s Evan Sheehan celebrates his late goal to tie the game with  Dáire Connery and Liam O’Shea  in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling semi-final against Tipperary  at Semple Stadium. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Cork’s Evan Sheehan celebrates his late goal to tie the game with Dáire Connery and Liam O’Shea in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling semi-final against Tipperary at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

 

Tipperary 2-18 Cork 1-21

Evan Sheehan goaled from a 20 metre free to salvage a draw for Cork in a gripping Electric Ireland Munster minor hurling semi-final at Semple Stadium on Thursday night.

Sheehan struck in the 83rd minute with the final say of a magnificent encounter that went to extra-time in Thurles.

In a game of so many twists and turns, Sheehan had the final say to ensure that both counties will have to do it all over again on Saturday afternoon at Páirc Uí Rinn, with a 1pm throw-in.

In the second half of normal time, Cork came from six points down to level in the fourth minute of stoppage time, Robert Downey on target.

Tipp looked to have won it when Jake Morris pointed but that man Downey responded again as the sides finished level at 0-16 to 1-13, Ray McCormack on target with the first half goal for the hosts.

Darragh Woods hit 1-4 in extra-time for Tipp but Sheehan struck late to deny them.

TIPPERARY: E Collins; K Breen, M Feehan, M Purcell; R Quirke, C Morgan, B O’Mara; J Cahill, P Cadell (0-3); C Bowe, J Morris (0-2), R McCormack (1-0); N Hoctor, A McKelvey (0-8, seven frees), C Bourke.

Subs: A Ormonde for Bourke (37 mins), K McCarthy for Hoctor (58 mins), B Seymour for O’Mara (60+1 mins), D Woods (1-4, two frees) for Ormonde (60+3 mins), O’Mara for Bowe (60 mins), E Connolly for Quirke (60 mins), Bowe for McKelvey (69 mins), W Barry (0-1) for McCormack (74 mins).

CORK: G Collins; C O’Callaghan, S O’Leary-Hayes, E Roche; J Keating, G Millerick, R Howell; D Connery (0-7, five frees), D Lenihan (0-1); C Hanafin, L O’Shea (0-1), B Roche; E Sheehan (1-0, free), R Downey (0-2), B Turnbull (0-9, five frees).

Subs: A Walsh Barry for Howell (30 mins), B Murphy for O’Shea (38 mins), C O’Brien for Hanafin (47 mins), D Hanlon (0-1) for Sheehan (50 mins), O’Shea for Murphy (64 mins), D Jones for O’Brien (70 mins), Sheehan for Roche (77 mins).

Referee: R McGann (Clare)

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