Cuthbert off to perfect start as Cork cruise
CORK 3-22 LIMERICK IT 0-7
It was plain sailing for Cork and new manager Brian Cuthbert as they cruised past LIT in the McGrath Cup quarter-final in Mallow.
Despite a close-season that saw a host of big-name retirements, Cuthbert's new charges didn't disappoint him as they cut a resilient yet totally outclassed college outfit down to size with a dominant display.
Cork raced into a 1-6 to 0-0 lead by the quarter-hour and continued the onslaught till the break -- going into at half-time leading 1-15 to no score.
Stand-out performers for the Rebels were corner-back Noel Galvin, full-forward Donncha O'Connor and corner-forward John Hayes -- with the latter pairing racking up 1-8 between them.
Others out to impress were the midfield pairing of Aidan Walsh and Fintan Goold as well as one of last year's stars, wing-back James Loughrey. Kevin Crowley and Andrew O'Sullivan also chipped in with a goal apiece.
The stand-out display for LIT came from wing-back Paddy Dalton.
Cuthbert chose to empty his bench in the second half, which eventually left Cork a man short when Micheal O'Leary became the first Corkman to receive a black card. LIT lost Cian Prenderville moments later after he too fell foul of the new rules.
Cork face a firmer test next weekend when they take on UL.
Scorers -- Cork: J Hayes 1-4, A O'Sullivan 1-1, D Goulding (2fs), D O'Connor 0-4 each, M Sugrue 0-3, K Crowley 1-0, K O'Driscoll 0-2, C O'Driscoll, S Murphy, A Walsh, F Goold 0-1 each. LIT: T McMahon, C Talty, S Sherry, P Dalton, D Cleary, S Hayes, E O'Neill 0-1 each.
CORK -- R Price; S McLoughlin, E Cadogan, N Galvin;
J Loughrey, A Sheehan, K O'Driscoll; A Walsh, F Goold;
C O'Driscoll, M Sugrue, A O'Sullivan; D Goulding, D O'Connor, J Hayes. Subs: K O'Halloran for R Price (h-t), S Murphy for J Loughrey (h-t), M O'Leary for A Walsh (h-t), C Lyons for A Sheehan (45), K Crowley for F Goold (50), K O'Connor for D O'Connor (57).
LIT -- S Brouder; C Prenderville, J Collins, J McDonnell; D Masterson, A Butler, P Dalton; S Sherry, C Talty; D Cleary, S Hayes, E O'Neill; P O'Sullivan, K O'Driscoll, A Downes. Subs: T McMahon for S Sherry (h-t), S Ryan for A Downes (45), K McDonogh for P O'Sullivan (45), C Breathnach for K O'Driscoll (55).
REF -- P O'Sullivan (Kerry)