National Football League Division 2Tipperary 3-16; Cork 1-16
Tipperary senior footballers travelled to Cork's newly refurbished Pairc Ui Caoimh last Saturday evening to take on the host county and came away with a fine win. It was a tough assignment for Tipperary on Cork's home patch having not beaten them in the National League since 1949 when they won by 2-3 to 1-4 in Fitzgerald Park Fermoy. Only seven years ago, Cork won their seventh All-Ireland title against Down.
Cork are making a big effort this year to restore their fortunes with a new manager and some promising new talent. They have already won the McGrath Cup, a competition in which Tipperary did not participate.
This particular game looked ominous for Tipperary at half-time when they were a point behind having had the assistance of a stiffish breeze in the first half. Two quick Cork points at the beginning of the second half lent credence to those feelings. Tipperary then had a golden spell when they scored 2-4 before Cork responded. Tipp held their nerve when Cork narrowed the gap to seal a very encouraging win.
The forwards showed great skill, especially Michael Quinlivan and Liam McGrath. The others contributed greatly with their foraging and defending, when necessary. It was a great start, but every game in this division will be tough. Great work is being done by those who have a strong desire to see Tipperary football succeeding. This work must continue at club level within the county with club competitions geared to quality rather than quantity.