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Callanan turns on the style for ruthless Tipperary

By Paul Keane

A week after having our nerve ends tweaked by the brilliance of Kilkenny and Limerick, the second All-Ireland semi-final brought us more steel than silk. Tipperary are back in the All-Ireland final and, if you're from Cork, you'd be happy enough to leave the post mortem at that after a one-sided contest.

Unfortunately for the 2013 All-Ireland finalists, it'll be a long winter of soul searching about why they followed up such a roaring Munster final display with tame mediocrity.

Tipp prevailed in virtually every sector of the field to secure a showdown with Kilkenny on September 7, their first final since facing the Cats in 2011.

It is a repeat of the Allianz league final and suggests these really are the best two teams in Ireland.

Tipp sharp shooter Seamus Callanan may very well be crowned the best hurler in the country with 2-4 in total. He has now scored 7-38 in this year's Championship.

His first goal after six minutes put Tipp into a lead they wouldn't relinquish, having briefly trailed after Alan Cadogan's opening point for Cork.

Callanan's second goal was equally significant, coming in the 47th minute and moving Tipp from four to seven ahead.

It was terrible stuff from the Rebels, who blasted 16 wides. Their top scorer, Pat Horgan, was held scoreless from play. In all, their starting forwards delivered a combined eight points.

As for Tipp, they had stars all over the field. Cathal Barrett put the brakes on Horgan, Paddy Stapleton silenced Cadogan while James Barry and Padraic Maher were immense.

Their midfield duo of Shane McGrath and James Woodlock combined for 0-6 while, up front, John O'Dwyer hit a half dozen from play.

Tipp led by just 1-7 to 0-8 at half-time but found top gear in that second period and outscored Cork by eight points. A late, late Cork goal from sub Rob O'Shea only put mild gloss on the defeat.

"Every year throws up something different, last year was tremendous for the counties involved," said Tipp boss Eamon O'Shea. "It threw up a really different All-Ireland final. Our boys were determined that this year, it was going to be Tipp."

O'Shea praised his players for seizing control of the match.

"They decide what's going to happen. I think they decided that they weren't going to let an opportunity like this pass by," he added.

Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy admitted it was difficult to see the season as a positive despite winning Munster for the first time since 2006.

"We hit 10 wides in the first-half, it was a shocking tally," he admitted. "Different things like that didn't help us. Our heads seemed to drop and the second goal just killed us off I think."

Tipperary: D Gleeson; J Barry, P Stapleton, C Barrett; K Bergin, B Maher, Padraic Maher; S McGrath (0-3), J Woodlock (0-3); G Ryan, Patrick Maher, N McGrath (0-2); S Callanan (2-4, 1f), J O'Dwyer (0-6), L Corbett. Subs: D Maher for Ryan (57), E Kelly for Corbett (60), J Forde for Patrick Maher (63), M Cahill for S McGrath (65), C O'Brien for Woodlock (69).

Cork: A Nash (0-2, 2f); C Joyce, S McDonnell, S O'Neill; D Cahalane, M Ellis, L McLoughlin; D Kearney, A Walsh (0-1); S Harnedy (0-1), B Cooper, C Lehane (0-4); P Horgan (0-2, 2f), P Cronin, A Cadogan (0-1). Subs: P O'Sullivan for Cadogan (46), S Moylan for Cronin (46), R O'Shea (1-0) for Walsh (55), J Coughlan for Harnedy (64).

Referee: J Owens (Wexford).

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