the game at a glance
Player of the match
Cathriona McConnell (Monaghan)
Her 1-4 paved the way for the Farney County's triumph.
Monaghan outscored Cork by 1-6 to 0-1 in the opening 15 minutes of the second half, against the wind.
Having lost out to the Rebelettes in heartbreaking fashion in September's All-Ireland final, Monaghan's response was emphatic.
Gavin Corrigan (Down)
There weren't any controversial incidents for the Down whistler, who got his one big call (Cork's penalty) spot on and maintained control.
What they said
Eamonn Ryan (Cork manager):
"We were worried before today, and as you can see now we had good reason to be. We knew they were good."
Gregory McGonigle (Monaghan manager):
"We had awesome performances up front. Niamh Kindlon again came to the fore."
Wides: Monaghan 3 (1); Cork 9 (5)
Frees: Monaghan 14 (9); Cork 18 (9)
Yellow cards: Monaghan 0; Cork 0
Red cards: Monaghan 0; Cork 0
Cork will face Clare in the opening round of the Munster Championship on June 9. Monaghan face Tyrone in Ulster on June 16.