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Cork sink All-Ireland champions Tipperary

 

By Declan Bogue

The storied history of the Munster Hurling Championship had another glorious chapter written in Semple Stadium yesterday as Cork - who were meant to be at a low ebb and with manager Kieran Kingston handing out debuts like confetti - humbling All-Ireland champions Tipperary on a scoreline of 2-27 to 1-26.

Michael Ryan will face an ordeal in trying to lift his men now, this defeat coming off the back of a 16-point hiding in the league final to Galway a few weeks back.

Aidan O'Shea featured for Mayo from the 43rd minute on in their routine won over Sligo in the Connacht football Championship, last year's All-Ireland finalists never really having to break sweat to see themselves home on a 2-14 to 0-11 scoreline.

O'Shea's dropping from the starting line up inspired dozens of headlines, but manager Stephen Rochford insists there is much work to be done ahead of their meeting with Galway next.

Elsewhere, there was a slight Ulster feel to events in Dr Cullen Park when Seamus McEnaney's Wexford took on Carlow, who have Down man and current Ballyholland manager Stephen Poacher as their trainer.

Carlow repeated their league win over the Yellowbellies, producing another shock of the day.

Louth accounted for Wicklow. Colin Kelly's men booked their place in a Leinster quarter final against Meath next month, winning 1-19 to 1-14.

Laois made light work of Longford, Peter Creedon's men romping home 4-15 to 0-16.

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