Conor Horgan scored all Cork's goals as they trounced Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds.
His third was from a penalty in the second half, and his two first-half strikes were superbly taken. On both occasions full-forward Killian O'Connor swept round a defender and each time his pinpoint pass was blasted to the net by Horgan.
By half-time, Cork led 2-8 to a solitary point by Limerick from Sean Barrett. Cork's dominance was such that they could afford nine first-half wides compared to only two missed chances by Limerick. Their best spell came early in the second half when they had three points in a row, two of them by Robbie Burke, but midway through the half Horgan's penalty put Cork out of sight.
Scorers -- Cork: C Horgan 3-0 (1 pen), B O'Driscoll 0-4 (2f), ST O'Sullivan 0-3, A O'Donovan, C Vaughan 0-2 each, P Fitzgerald, I Maguire 0-1 each.
Limerick: R Burke 0-3 (2f), S Barrett, J Breen (1f), C Sheehan 0-1 each.
Cork -- M Martin; S O'Leary, T O'Rourke, S Cronin; K Crowley, C Hyde, J Davis; P Fitzgerald, A O'Donovan; ST O'Sullivan,C Vaughan, B O'Driscoll; K McIntyre, K O'Connor, C Horgan. Subs: I Maguire for McIntyre, A Moynihan for O'Connor, E Dennehy for Crowley, A Murphy for O'Leary, P Kelleher for Fitzgerald.
Limerick -- J O'Meara; D Greaney, M O'Connor, K Meade; P White, S Cahill, S Barrett; D Condron, R Burke; S O'Dea, D Daly, R McKenna; J Frawley, D O'Donovan, E O'Donnell. Subs: T McCarthy for McKenna, C O'Shea for O'Dea, J Breen for Frawley, G Bateman for O'Donnell, C Sheehan for O'Donovan.
Ref -- E Walsh (Kerry).