Inter-county hurling is back.
With the pre-season competitions out of the way, the Allianz Hurling League kicked off tonight.
There was a cracking clash in Division 1A between Cork and Tipperary in Páirc Uí Rinn and we were live with all the action.
18.27 – Hello and welcome to Páirc Uí Rinn for the opening game in Division 1A of the Allianz Hurling League as Cork face Tipperary.
18.32 – Here’s the Cork team for tonight’s game. One change on that which is named on the match programme as Luke O’Farrell comes in for Seamus Harnedy. O’Farrell is expected to start at full-forward while Paudie O’Sullivan will come out to play at half-forward.
18.35 – And here’s the Tipperary team for tonight’s match.
18.42 – Here are the Cork substitutes for tonight’s match.
16. Darren McCarthy (Ballymartle), 17. Brian Murphy (Bride Rovers), 18. Killian Murphy (Erins Own), 19. Mark Ellis (Millstreet), 20. Tom Kenny (Grenagh), 21. Michael Walsh (Kildorrery), 22. Rob O’Shea (Carrigaline), 23. Seamus Harnedy (St Ita’s), 24. Brian Hartnett (Midleton), 25. Peter O’Brien (Kildorrery), 26. Adrian Mannix (Kilworth).
And here are the Tipperary substitutes.
16. Darren Gleeson (Portroe), 17. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields), 18. Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields), 19. Tomas Hamill (Killea), 20. Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone), 21. Jason Forde (Silvermines), 22. Seamus Hennessy (Kilruane McDonagh’s), 23. Joey McLoughney (Toomevara), 24. John O’Brien (Toomevara), 25. Adrian Ryan (Templederry), 26. James Woodlock (Drom and Inch).
18.46 – Both teams are currently out on the pitch undergoing their warm-ups. It’s a perfect night for hurling and the Páirc Uí Rinn pitch looks to be in superb condition. There’s a healthy attendance streaming in, including plenty supporters from away side Tipperary. We’re just a quarter of an hour away from throw-in.
18.51 – New Tipperary manager Eamonn O’Shea takes charge for the first time in a league game tonight. He previously served as coach during Liam Sheedy’s spell in charge of the Premier county. The Tipperary supporters will be looking for a response after their 2012 season ended in such disappointing fashion in the All-Ireland semi-final against Kilkenny.
18.53 – Cork meanwhile are without several big names from last year’s panel as they get set for the start of their 2013 league campaign tonight. Manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy has named a youthful side with Anthony Nash, Shane O’Neill and Stephen Moylan the only three players over the age of 25 in the Rebels line-up.
The referee for tonight’s game is Westmeath’s Barry Kelly. Michael Wadding had been down to officiate but it was announced yesterday that Kelly would take charge.
18.59 – We’re closing in on throw-in here with both teams set for action.
19.03 – The National Anthem has concluded and the players have lined up. We’re under way.
19.05 – Tipperary 0-1 Cork 0-0: 1 mins – First blood to Tipperary as Noel McGrath splits the posts from a placed ball from distance.
19.07 – Some notable positional switches in the attacks of both teams. John O’Dwyer is gone to centre-forward for Tipperary with Noel McGrath on the wing and Seamus Callanan moved into the corner. For Cork, Paudie O’Sullivan starts at centre-forward while Cian McCarthy is on the wing.
19.08 – Tipperary 0-1 Cork 0-1: 5 mins - Both teams starting to settle to the occasion, Cork supporters spirits were just lifted there by Shane O’Neill tearing out of defence and winning a free which Patrick Horgan converted to tie the game.
19.10 – Cork 0-2 Tipperary 0-1: 7 mins – Cork edge ahead through another Horgan free, this time the chance was engineered by Stephen Moylan who skillfully got clear of Conor O’Brien before the Tipperary defender hauled him back. O’Brien was shown the first yellow card of the game as a result.
19.13 – Cork 0-3 Tipperary 0-1: 10 mins – Cork move two clear with Horgan clipping over his third placed ball of the night. Again it was Stephen Moylan who was fouled after the Douglas man was swallowed up by the Tipperary defence when in possession.
19.15 – Cork 0-4 Tipperary 0-1: 11 mins – There’s a clear pattern here early on with Tipperary committing fouls at the back and Cork punishing them relentlessly through Patrick Horgan. His latest point arrived after Cian McCarthy was fouled by Johnny Ryan, who was booked as a result.
19.17 – Cork 0-7 Tipperary 0-1: 14 mins – Cork are establishing an early stranglehold on this game. Stephen Moylan notches a wonderful point off his left after Paudie O’Sullivan sprayed the ball across the pitch. Then Christopher Joyce stormed forward from centre-back and landed a point. While Patrick Horgan has just grabbed his first point from play.
19.19 – Cork 0-9 Tipperary 0-1: 16 mins – Cork move further ahead with Luke O’Farrell smashing a stinging drive just over the bar and then a supreme piece of skill from Lorcan McLoughlin as his one-handed flick from a Patrick Horgan pass sees the ball fly high over the bar.
19.21 – Cork are setting a serious pace so far in this game with Tipperary struggling to get going. The Premier have yet to register a score from play.
19.26 – Shane McGrath strikes wide for Tipperary as Cork’s defence are proving strong in the tackle so far.
19.30 – First substitution of the night for Tipperary. It’s midfielder Johnny Ryan who is called ashore with Adrian Ryan coming into the team. He is playing at half-forward with Noel McGrath gone to midfield as Tipperary try to get a foothold in the game.
19.31 – Cork’s Conor Lehane and Padraic Maher of Tipperary both lose track of the sliotar.
19.31 – Cork 0-10 Tipperary 0-1: 27 mins – Cork stretch their lead with Daniel Kearney raising a white flag after Anthony Nash and Christopher Joyce engineered the move. Cork are playing very direct hurling at a high tempo and it’s paying dividends so far.
19.32 – Cork 0-12 Tipperary 0-1: 29 mins – This is remarkably dominant stuff from Cork. Kearney lands a point off his left and then creates the opening for his club colleague Cian McCarthy to split the posts. Six wides for Tipperary as they have failed to trouble the scoreboard operator since the 1st minute.
19.34 – Half a goal chance for Tipperary debutant John O’Dwyer but his ground shot off his left screws wide as the covering Cork defence placed him under pressure.
19.35 – Tipperary spring Lar Corbett from the bench and it’s Seamus Callanan who is withdrawn. It’s been a troubling first-half for them so far.
19.37 – Cork 0-14 Tipperary 0-1: 34 mins – The one way traffic on the scoreboard continues. Paraic Maher’s hand pass is intercepted by William Egan who lands a huge point from distance for Cork and then Patrick Horgan snaps over a free.
19.39 – Cork 0-14 Tipperary 0-2: 36 mins – Finally Tipperary get off the mark from play with John O’Dwyer clipping over a score off his left.
19.41 – HALF-TIME: Cork 0-14 Tipperary 0-2: And that’s the scoreline at the interval with Cork retiring with a bumper 12-point cushion while Tipperary face a huge deficit in the second-half.
19.44 – A remarkable half-time score here in Páirc Uí Rinn. Cork are 12 points to the good to the delight of their home fans while the Tipperary supporters who have travelled down have had little to cheer about. They notched the first point of the game from a Noel McGrath free but then went 35 minutes without a score until John O’Dwyer pointed before the break. In between Cork dominated and were ruthless in attack as they strung together 14 points without reply.
19.48 – Here are the scorers from the first-half of tonight’s game.
CORK: Patrick Horgan 0-6 (0-5f), Daniel Kearney 0-2, Christopher Joyce, William Egan, Lorcan McLoughlin, Cian McCarthy, Luke O’Farrell, Stephen Moylan 0-1 each.
TIPPERARY: Noel McGrath (0-1f), John O’Dwyer 0-1 each.
19.55 – Another change on the Tipperary team as Jason Forde, their highly-rated young attacker, comes in for Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher at the break. The second half is about to start.
Cork 0-15 Tipperary 0-2: 37 mins – Cork begin the second-half brightly as Patrick Horgan converts a free awarded after Conor Lehane was fouled by Paraic Maher.
20.01 – It’s not been a productive night for the Tipperary attack in a chilly Páirc Uí Rinn. Shane Bourke has just snapped a shot wide and was then booked for a late challenge on Conor O’Sullivan.
20.03 – Cork 0-17 Tipperary 0-2: 45 mins – Daniel Kearney has been one of Cork’s most impressive performers tonight. He has noticed his third point from play and then won a free which Patrick Horgan converted. The trends of the first-half have continued since the interval with Cork in control and Tipperary struggling all over the pitch.
20.05 – Tipperary make their fourth change of the night and only 45 minutes have elapsed. Brian O’Meara becomes the third forward to be replaced with Eoin Kelly the latest introduced to try to alter the flow of this game.
20.07 – Cork 0-17 Tipperary 0-3: 47 mins – Tipperary pull a point back courtesy of John O’Dwyer from play.
20.08 – Cork 0-19 Tipperary 0-3: 49 mins – But Cork up the gears quickly and respond strongly with Paudie O’Sullivan and Conor Lehane rifling over points.
20.11 – Cork 0-19 Tipperary 0-6: 51 mins – Tipperary’s substitutes make an impact with Lar Corbett and Jason Forde grabbing points from play. Then Noel McGrath shoots over a free and the gap is down to 13 points.
All six of Cork’s forwards have scored tonight and they have 10 different scorers in total.
20.14 – Cork 0-20 Tipperary 0-8: 53 mins – Patrick Horgan has lead the way for Cork and he brings his personal tally to 0-9 with a sublime effort. Tipperary do respond well with John O’Dwyer grabbing his third point of the night and Adrian Ryan also raising a white flag.
20.16 – Midway through the second-half and this really has not developed into the kind of tight contest that supporters would have been hoping for.
20.18 – Cork 0-22 Tipperary 0-9: 58 mins – Cork won’t be complaining about the way this match is going. A brace of points from Patrick Horgan, one from play and one from a free, pushes them further in front.
20.20 – Cork 0-23 Tipperary 0-9: 60 mins – Stephen Moylan swings over a beautiful point off his left and the crowd in the main stand react approvingly to the Douglas man’s point. We’re entering the finale here and Cork are well on the road to victory.
20.22 – Substitutions on both sides. Cork’s first of the night as Tom Kenny comes on for Daniel Kearney, who had a fine outing at midfield as he shot over three points. While Tipperary make their final change of the game as another of the Thurles Sarsfields contingent, Michael Cahill, enters the fray for Paddy Stapleton.
20.24 – Michael Walsh is on for Cork instead of Lorcan McLoughlin. There’s 6,381 people here to witness this encounter.
20.26 – Cork 0-23 Tipperary 0-11: 65 mins – Tipperary pull a couple of points back from Noel McGrath (free) and Lar Corbett (play). But Eamonn O’Shea’s side will finish this game with 14 men it seems after captain Shane McGrath was forced to retire injured and Tipperary had already made five changes.
20.28 – Another Cork change with Adrian Mannix on for Luke O’Farrell in attack.
20.30 – Cork 0-25 Tipperary 0-11: 69 mins – Cork are finishing strongly with Patrick Horgan’s 20-yard free tipped over the bar by the Tipperary defence and then substitute Michael Walsh dispossessing and lobbing over a neat point.
20.32 – Cork 0-26 Tipperary 1-11: 71 mins – A late consolation goal for Tipperary as Eoin Kelly wriggles free and despatches a left-handed shot into the far bottom corner of the net. But Patrick Horgan hits back with his 13th point of the night for Cork.
20.34 – FULL-TIME: Cork 0-26 Tipperary 1-11: And that’s how it finishes as Cork run out 12-point victors. Thanks for joining us this evening.