Talking points from a thrilling Cork and Tipp hurling league clash

Talking points from a thrilling Cork and Tipp hurling league clash
Cork's Patrick Horgan in action against Tipperary's Joe O’Dwyer. Picture: INPHO/Ken Sutton

1. Robbie O’Flynn: The Erin’s Own club man had a fine night in the Rebels' vital victory over Tipperary. He expertly tucked away his first-half goal, was fouled for a penalty and he fired over three well executed points into the bargain.

His confidence will surely soar after that and his pace makes him a serious weapon for Cork in the summer, whether that's as a starter or off the bench.

2. Defence: Starting with goalkeeper Patrick Collins who had a splendid game, making some vital stops, particularly near the end.

He’s a quality netminder and he will be delighted with his performance here. Could he put genuine pressure on Anthony Nash for a starting berth? 

In front of him, Rob Downey can be well pleased too with his night’s work, while Damien Cahalane has slotted in neatly at wing-back in the early games this year while Colm Spillane made a welcome return from injury in the corner. 

Downey isn't a natural full-back, having hurled mainly in the half-back line but also up front when he was a Cork minor. However UCC, managed by Cork boss Kieran Kingston's brother Tom, have redeployed him at three and his height and no-nonsense approach appears suited to the pivotal position.

Tipperary's Jason Forde in action against Cork's Robert Downey. Picture: INPHO/Ken Sutton
Tipperary's Jason Forde in action against Cork's Robert Downey. Picture: INPHO/Ken Sutton

3. The result: Having lost the Munster League final and the opener to Waterford, this was an important win to stop that sequence.

Also a nice boost to defeat the All-Ireland champions after they had come down to Leeside twice last season and went away with the spoils.

The win here sets it up nicely for the next three league games against Westmeath, the weekend after next, Limerick and Galway.

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