An inconsistent league campaign took a turn for the better for Tipperary on Sunday with victory over old rivals Cork in the quarter final.
It was their second win in a row following the victory over Dublin a week earlier at the same Semple Stadium venue.
Seamus Callanan and John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dywer were among the Tipp heroes with big displays also from captain Brendan Maher and Noel McGrath.
In a high scoring encounter, Tipp edged home by three points, 3-25 to 4-19, after looking the better team for much of the game.
However they had to endure a late scare and the prospect of extra time when Cork keeper Anthony Nash ran the length of the pitch to take a 21 metre free in added time.
His now notorious forward lift and strike was hit with huge power but cleared to safety and Tipp held on.
Their reward is a semi-final meeting with All Ireland chamions Clare in Limerick on Sunday fortnight.