Breaking : Tipp's Lazarus like comeback forces a share of the spoils

Noel Dundon

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Tipp hurlers will need to get Galway defeat out of their system if they're to overcome Cork

Tipperary and Cork clashed at Semple Stadium this afternoon..

Tremendous fightback sees Tipperary come back from the dead against Cork.

Tipperary 2-20

Cork 1-23

Three points in the closing finale of a pulsating second half saw Tipperary rein in Cork in the Munster senior hurling championship at Semple Stadium this afternoon.

Tipperary were dead and buried, but a tremendous display of guts and character saw them turn around a nine point interval deficit to force a draw in injury time with sub Jake Morris getting the all important leveler with his first touch of inter county senior hurling fare.

Tipp were whitewashed by Cork in the first half and the 1-15 to 1-6 interval lead didn't flatter the visitors. They were 0-7 in front before Tipp registered a first score from the stick of Jason Forde - a fine goal in the 14th minute which stirred the hosts into life. Points from Brendan Maher, Noel McGrath and Patrick Maher had the deficit down to a single point, which was hard to believe considering the commanding position Cork had been in.

But the reprieve was to be a temporary one and Cork would score  six points without reply to take a 0-13 to 0-3 lead with five minutes of the half to go. And, when Shane Kingston shrugged off three Tipp defenders in the 31st minute and fired a goal, it just about summed up the performance from the Tipp lads at this stage - Kingston had 1-3  and Seamus Harnedy 0-4 scored from play by half time, .

Tipp were fighting fires all over the field but their tactical set-up was not helping as the Corkmen were simply too fast, too powerful and too clever - they seemed to be playing at a different level entirely and it would take quite an about turn if anything was to be garnered from this game from a Premier perspective. 

Tipperary attacker Seamus Callanan.

Three points immediately after resumption gave Tipp great heart and though Cork came back again, Tipperary hurled with great heart and method. Suddenly, it was game on as the points flowed through John McGrath who shot five second half points, Jason Forde  and John O'Dwyer to level the gamer with ten to go.

But, Cork went in front again - Seamus Harnedy and Shane Kingston (2) giving them the advantage only to see Jason Forde, John McGrath and Jake Morris tie it up once more in injury time.

A magnificent recovery from Tipp, but Cork will ask themselves how they lost this game.