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Tipp Break Offaly Hearts With Dramatic Goal In Minor Hurling Final

Tipp Break Offaly Hearts With Dramatic Goal In Minor Hurling Final
By PJ Browne Updated

Tipperary won a dramatic All-Ireland minor hurling final against Offaly at Nowlan Park on Sunday afternoon.

Paddy McCormack scored a goal with virtually the last play of the game to win it 1-17 to 1-16 for Tipperary.

For long periods of the match, it had looked like Offaly's name was on the Irish Press Cup. They led by six points at various stages in the game.

3 July 2022; The Tipperary players celebrate after the Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Final match between Tipperary and Offaly at UPMC Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

In the 54th minute, Tipperary were reduced to 14 players when Damien Corbett was shown a straight red card by referee Shane Hynes for throwing his hurley at an Offaly player, and hitting him on the helmet, as he ran through on goal. Adam Screeney scored the free to extend Offaly's lead back to six.

However, Tipperary's hurling was not done. They fought back, and with the clock already 30 seconds over the indicated four minutes of injury time, Paddy Phelan lofted the sliotar towards the Offaly goal from a free.

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McCormack leapt higher than others, having timed his jump perfectly, to make contact with the ball and sent it to the Offaly net.

Paddy McCormack goal wins minor hurling final

"We got the luck of the draw there at the end," McCormack told TG4.

"64 minutes on the clock, and two points down, high ball went in, and we were lucky that it went into the back of the net. We're very grateful for it.

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"I wasn't great all game. I missed a goal, missed a few wide, but stuck in there, and got a lucky flick at the end and it went in. Happy days.

"We've done this all year. We have great heart and determination, a never-say-die attitude. We did it against Clare in the Munster final, against Galway the last day as well. We just always stick in there, and never give up. We did that today, and it worked out.

"We never go down easy in Tipperary. It's bred into us."

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