Cork player ratings
Alan Quirke 7
Another clean sheet for Alan Quirke, a fifth in the championship. Didn't have any major saves to make, but restarted well from play and kick-outs, using his vast experience well.
Ray Carey 6
He got bottled up badly on a couple of occasions during the match and had his hands full with Paul McCummiskey early on, but he has been one of Cork's most consistent defenders.
Michael Shields 8
When things were going badly in the first half for the Cork team, Michael Shields was one of the few players to stand his ground and also made some timely interceptions.
Eoin Cadogan 7
Under pressure early on, but one of the many Cork defenders who lifted his game so impressively after the halt-time break, eventually make light of his dearth of game-time.
Noel O'Leary 7
Tasked with tracking Martin Clarke, Noel O'Leary persisted with some success and wasn't always guilty of the fouls that the referee David Coldrick legislated for on the day.
John Miskella 7
Graham Canty's direct replacement, John Miskella, made poor shot selections at times during the game, but was the Cork team's scavenger in chief for breaking ball.
Paudie Kissane 5
Took too many wrong options in possession of the ball as the outstanding form of earlier in the season deserted him. Made way for Graham Canty early in the second half.
Aidan Walsh 9
A colossal presence at midfield from pillar to post, Aidan Walsh's fielding was majestic, his running destructive and his presence typified by a wonderful late block on Peter Fitzpatrick.
Alan O'Connor 5
What Alan O'Connor lacks in style he makes up for in substance. Saw plenty of ball in the first half, but screwed an early shot wide which typified the 35 minutes he had.
Paul Kerrigan 7
Never stopped running, never stopped probing, didn't always take the right options, but he was instrumental in hauling in Down during that crucial third quarter.
Pearse O'Neill 6
A game that largely passed him by as Down squeezed the space around him, denying him the channels to make those trademark runs of his behind the Down defence.
Paddy Kelly 7
He worked tirelessly, winning frees and was an important link in some of Cork's better moves, Donncha O'Connor's first and last points springing to mind.
Daniel Goulding 9
Immense credit must go to Goulding who measured up to the responsibility of landing the important kicks when he had to.
Finished the day with nine points, ultimately Cork's match-winner.
Donncha O'Connor 9
Liberated by his first-half point, O'Connor went on to present himself as Cork's chief outlet, taking Dan Gordon asunder in the second half. Showed immense composure.
Ciaran Sheehan 8
Blocked for that early goal chance, Ciaran Sheehan threatened much early on and was one of chief suppliers in the second half. Got the first equalising score. A player with a huge future.
Nicholas Murphy (8) had an heroic 30 minutes on the field when he came on at the interval before being replaced due to an ankle injury.
Graham Canty (7) brought calm to a stressed defence.
Colm O'Neill (5) had a shot rebound off the crossbar.
John Hayes and Derek Kavanagh were not on long enough to be rated.
Manager rating Conor Counihan 8
He's doing much more right than he has been given credit for. Use of the bench once again paid enormous dividends. Management of
Canty and Murphy was just about perfect.