Carey gives Tipperary the edge in a thrilling minor showpiece
Tipperary 3-14 Cork 2-11
Published 03/09/2007 | 08:50
Tipperary's superior finishing schools coupled with their ability to absorb pressure at the back eventually stood them in good stead in this lively ESB All-Ireland minor hurling final at Croke Park yesterday.
It was after the sides had remained neck and neck in the opening quarter that Tipperary began to exert more influence in midfield where Brendan Mahar and Noel McGrath played leading roles in their victory.
The sides were deadlocked at 0-5 each after 20 minutes, but a superb individual goal from Sean Carey sent Tipperary in with an interval advantage.
Cork responded, though, when full forward Robert Peat stabbed in the first of their two goals - a score which was to signal a temporary revival in their fortunes.
But with Seamus Hennessy and Michael Heffernan particularly dangerous in the Tipperary attack, the scores kept coming.
At 2-12 to 1-9, Cork were presented with opportunities to salvage the game, but with Tipperary goalkeeper James Logue and full back Padraig Mahar in fine form, they were unable to find a way through.
In contrast, Tipperary always carried a threat up front, and when Carey blasted in his second goal - Michael Heffernan had already netted earlier - Tipperary assumed an unassailable 3-14 to 1-11 lead.
Cork did manage to pilfer a last dash second goal from Luke O'Farrell in injury time but by then the trophy had already been adorned with the blue and gold ribbons of Tipperary.
Afterwards their manager Declan Ryan paid tribute to his side, saying; " They have worked tremendously hard, and they deserve this success.
"We knew it was going to be difficult against Cork but we have a good squad."