It was arguably Conor Lehane’s finest performance in a Cork jersey, hitting 0-10, although it was debutant Michael Cahalane who struck with the late winning goal.
Tipperary would bounce back and win the All-Ireland come September, but their boys took one hell of a beating that day down Da Park. The then 21-year old Pádraic Maher received an unmerciful roasting from giant full-forward Aisake Ó hAilpín, and although the Na Piarsaigh man only scored 1-1 for himself, he was instrumental in the other two goals, which were bagged by a young Pa Horgan.
The difference ended up being Ben O’Connor’s brilliant first half goal. It was the perfect example of the way that Cork team used to work the ball through the lines, as they caressed the sliotar with pace and elegance up the right sideline and when Tom Kenny found Ben O’Connor in the right corner, the Newtown man blasted past Brendan Cummins.
Tommy Dunne scored two crackers in the second half, which threatened a comeback, but crucially he missed that penalty.
The famous ‘Donkeys don’t win derbies’ final. It hardly matters that Babs didn’t really say it.
Tipp were four points up with four minutes to go and ended up losing by four. Liam Sheedy’s brother John was the goalkeeper that day and will forever be remembered for batting down a Tony O’Sullivan point attempt that allowed Seanie O’Leary to poach the vital goal.