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Counihan: Poor test

CORK manager Conor Counihan admitted that he had hoped for a sterner test from Limerick after the Leesiders coasted into a Munster semi-final meeting with Clare.

Counihan's men hit three goals in seven minutes before the break through Brian Hurley, John O'Rourke and Pearse O'Neill and could afford to go into cruise control after the restart before running out 3-17 to 0-8 winners.

"We're reasonably happy but we're under no illusions," said Counihan.

"The intensity of that second half, you wouldn't survive at that level so you've got to move it on a game. It was very workmanlike and very positive.

"We did get the work-rate out of fellas, that's the most fundamental thing. Clare in Ennis is going to be a totally different situation.

"We certainly expected a bigger challenge but some days you go out and some team is playing well and the other team's performance isn't as good and the gap is significant.

"That can happen to any of us, I don't think it's a true reflection of where Limerick are at. I saw them in the league final against Offaly and they played very well," added Counihan.