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Seamus Callanan is denied by Anthony Nash. Picture: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Seamus Callanan is denied by Anthony Nash. Picture: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
SOCIAL BOOKMARKS

Rating the Rebels: Éamonn Murphy breaks down the Cork performances in Thurles

ANTHONY NASH: Match-winning saves in the first half and an excellent variety to his puck-outs. Back to his 2012-13 best form. 9

COLM SPILLANE: Four clean catches, three on Tipp puck-outs, summed up his day. Spillane held John McGrath to two scores, and the goal was courtesy of an incredible Callanan assist. A rock-solid presence. 8

DAMIEN CAHALANE: An outstanding job on Callanan. Used his strength to hound the towering Tipp talisman on every dropping ball. Cork’s second, decisive, goal, came from that exact scenario. 9
STEPHEN McDONNELL:
Grew into the game and offered vital leadership coming out with the ball in the second half. 8

Christopher Joyce bursts out. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Christopher Joyce bursts out. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

CHRIS JOYCE: The platform for this victory was the Cork half-back line. They gobbled up Tipp puck-outs in the second half and Joyce was a powerhouse. 8

MARK ELLIS: While Michael Breen, his initial marker, drifted around to pick off points, Ellis was a beast at centre-back. Colossal in the air, but he also used the ball smartly, especially in the last quarter. 9

MARK COLEMAN: What. A. Debut. One of the most impressive championship openers from any Rebel, he was an absolute joy to watch. My Man of the Match. 9

Tipperary's Michael Breen and Mark Coleman. Picture: INPHO/Cathal Noonan
Tipperary's Michael Breen and Mark Coleman. Picture: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

BILL COOPER: Worked himself into the ground, dropping deep constantly to support the backline. Coughed up a couple of balls early but stood up and was counted when it mattered. 8

DARRAGH FITZGIBBON: Another terrific debut, he was especially brilliant in the opening quarter when he hoovered up possession. Touch of class in everything he did. 9

LUKE MEADE: Immense in the opening period, picking off three lovely scores, he covered the half-forward line with youthful enthusiasm until he tired. 8

CONOR LEHANE: Caused Tipp endless problems with his pace, touch and aerial prowess. Hit 0-5 from play, two wonder points when Cork needed them in the last quarter, but could have had another six! 9

SHANE KINGSTON: Very quiet early on, he finished with 1-4 from play but that’s his style. Coped admirably when out on Pádraic Maher. A silent assassin, he’s only going to get better with experience. 9

Shane Kingston. Picture: INPHO/Cathal Noonan
Shane Kingston. Picture: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

ALAN CADOGAN: Cork’s go-to player up top, he was electric for long spells. Fouled for three frees and scored another three from play. Proved his quality on the big stage. 9

SEAMUS HARNEDY: Scored two points but also had four assists and forced a converted 65. His nous and attitude shone through at key stages. 8

Seamus Harnedy. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Seamus Harnedy. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

PATRICK HORGAN: Off the frees and took a while to get a decent pass, yet managed 0-4 from play and an assist for another. Answered the critics here. 8

SUBS:

LUKE O’FARRELL: Chipped in with a tasty point as Cadogan’s replacement. 7

MICHAEL CAHALANE: Got one opportunity and buried it. Job done. 7

Michael Cahalane hits the net. Picture: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
Michael Cahalane hits the net. Picture: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

LORCÁN McLOUGHLIN: Decent late cameo. 7