Dubs still in with a big shout
Cork 2-20 Dublin 0-9
Dublin manager Frank Browne was full of fighting talk despite his team's 17-point defeat to All-Ireland champions Cork at the Parnells ground on Saturday.
Dublin go into to their penultimate group clash with Tipperary at the Ragg on Saturday (throw in 5pm), needing a win to keep their qualification hopes alive, but Browne believes his team are well capable of bouncing back.
'We always knew today was going to be tough. We're learning really hard lessons, but I promise you those lessons are being learned.
'We got over it and we showed character, said Browne, 'and at the end of the day if we beat Tipperary and Clare we get ourselves into the quarter-final and that's the aim.'
Cork, having won the last two All-Irelands, began impressively and following opening points from Hannah Looney and Orla Cotter they netted their first goal when full forward Linda Collins struck from the edge of the square to open up a five-point lead.
The Rebelettes tacked on four more points before Aisling Maher finally opened Dublin's account off a free entering the second quarter.
But a clinical strike off the left by Amy O'Connor would put further light between the two and with Dublin's target player Kerri Finnegan kept well under wraps by her marker, Cork led 2-11 to 0-3 at the break.
With Naomh Mearnog's Laura Twomey offering good assistance on the forty, Dublin fared better after the break, with Ali Twomey (2), Orla Beagan, Alex Griffin and Aoibhe Dillon (Naomh Mearnog) all making the scoresheet.
However, Cork were always in control and look favourites to top their group now.
Browne, despite the losing margin, believed that Dublin had nothing to be ashamed of.
'I'm massively proud. We lost a game of hurling and we made mistakes, but we showed pride in the jersey
'There were times we got torn apart, but we came out in the second half and laid out absolutely everything on the line.
'They showed character and what more can you do than show character.'
Dublin: Ciaran Tierney, Orla Gray, Eve O Brien, Deirdre Johnston, Roisin Baker, Aisling Carolan, Emma O'Byrne, Graine Quinn, Orla Beagan 0-2, Martha O'Donoghue, Laura Twomey, Ali Twomey 0-2, Sinead Wylde 0-1, Aislin Maher 0-2(0 0-1f, 0-1 45), Kerry Finnegan. Subs: Alex Griffin 0-1 for O'Donoghue (27), Siobhan Kehoe for Maher (37), Emma Flanagan for O'Byrne (42), Aoibhe Dillon 0-1 for Wylde (47), Ellen McGovern for Finngegan 54).