Clinical Coakley gets revived Rebels off mark
Cork 1-14 Fermanagh 0-9
An improved shooting performance from Cork saw them blow away Fermanagh in the opening half of yesterday's Division 2 encounter to collect their first league win.
After firing 27 wides in their previous two games, they shot wide of the target only twice in the first-half.
A run of 1-3 without reply was the winning of the game, with the goal coming in the 24th minute from Dublin-based attacker Niall Coakley.
They ended up with nine wides as they lost their edge at times in the second period and Paul Kerrigan could have added at least another goal, but Fermanagh never breached Cork's cushion of five points.
"You don't win matches when you kick as many wides as we did against Kildare and Galway, but we did settle down," said selector Eoin O'Neill.
"Guys took good options and Niall Coakley kicked a couple of good frees to settle us back down again. They're all important scores and momentum changers.
"We missed a few other chances for goals, but we did get the goal at an important time. It gave us that bit of a cushion and allowed us to play with more freedom, and thankfully we kicked on.
"We'd be happy with some stuff, but we should've got another few scores. That's being hypercritical, but we want to get points on the board and to be expressing ourselves, so there's a bit of room for improvement."
Cork impressed from the start, with captain Kerrigan smartly exchanging one-twos with Luke Connolly and Donncha O'Connor to kick two early scores.
Coakley and John O'Rourke added to the lead as Fermanagh's wide count began to grow - it would total eight by the change of ends. Two long-range placed balls from Sean Quigley kept them in touch, but O'Connor kicked the first point on a scoring run of 1-3 in 12 minutes before setting up Coakley for the crucial goal.
Coakley, with a free, and Kerrigan, extended the Rebels' lead to six (1-7 to 0-4) at the break.
The sides traded points for much of the second-half, and although Kerrigan had a goal chance saved by Thomas Treacy, Brian O'Driscoll and Donal Óg Hodnett kicked the last three scores.
SCORERS - Cork: N Coakley 1-4 (3fs); P Kerrigan 0-4; B O'Driscoll 0-2; J O'Rourke, D O'Connor, L Connolly, D Óg Hodnett 0-1 each.
Fermanagh: S Quigley 0-5 (3fs, 1 '45); T Corrigan, E Courtney, A Breen, R Jones 0-1 each.
CORK : K O'Halloran 7; K Crowley 8, Tom Clancy (Clonakilty) 7, M Shields 7; Tomas Clancy (Fermoy) 8, J Loughrey 7, S Cronin 8; A Walsh 8, R Deane 8; Brian O'Driscoll 8, L Connolly 7, J O'Rourke 7; N Coakley 8, D O'Connor 8, P Kerrigan 8. Subs: C O'Neill 7 for O'Connor (53), M Collins 7 for O'Rourke (55), C O'Driscoll 6 for Crowley (60), D Óg Hodnett 7 for Connolly (62), P Kelleher for Coakley (67), K O'Driscoll for B O'Driscoll (70).
FERMANAGH:T Treacy 8, M Jones 6, C Cullen 7, B Mulcrone 6; D McCusker 6, R McCluskey 6, L Cullen 6; E Donnelly 7, R Hyde 7; A Breen 7, P McCusker 5, R Lyons 5; E Courtney 6, S Quigley 8, T Corrigan 6. Subs: R Jones 8 for P McCusker (ht), K Connor 6 for Lyons (ht), J McMahon 6 for McCluskey (53), D Keenan 6 for Corrigan (55), P Reihill 6 for D McCusker (60).
REF - A Nolan (Wicklow).