Cork 3-15 Limerick 0-7
Holders Cork enjoyed a straightforward semi-final win over Limerick in Rathkeale yesterday.
A three-point half-time lead was trebled within the opening minutes of the second-half as Paul Walsh and captain Ian Maguire both got in for Cork goals.
Ronan McCarthy's side were able to add eight more points before Limerick's Seán McSweeney got their only second-half score in injury-time.
After an even opening Cork pushed on, as Brian Hurley profited from Seán White's pass to fire home from close range and then added a point to make it 1-3 to 0-1.
However, McSweeney's free-taking and points from Tommy Griffin and Kieran Daly kept Limerick in touch and it was 1-6 to 0-6 at the break.
In the opening minute of the second-half, though, that advantage was doubled.
After Tomás Clancy forced a turnover, wing-back Walsh drove on and exchanged passes with Ruairí Deane to palm home.
Soon after that it was 3-6 to 0-6, as Brian Hurley's handpass took out three Limerick defenders and set Maguire away. While goalkeeper Donal O'Sullivan got a hand to his shot, he couldn't keep it out.
Daly might have had a reply for Limerick, but Conor Dennehy defended well to deny him and Deane.
Damien Gore and subs James Fitzpatrick and Tadhg Corkery all registered points as Cork eased clear.
Limerick might have had a late goal, but Mark White pushed Michael Donovan's shot on to the crossbar. McSweeney did end their drought, but Cork sub Eoghan McSweeney had the final say as they cruised to victory.
Scorers - Cork: B Hurley 1-3 (1f), I Maguire 1-2, P Walsh 1-1, R Deane, D Gore 0-2 each, T Corkery, K Crowley, J Fitzpatrick, E McSweeney, J Loughrey 0-1 each. Limerick: S McSweeney 0-5 (5f), T Griffin, K Daly 0-1 each.
Cork - M White; C Dennehy, J Loughrey, K O'Donovan; K Crowley, K Flahive, P Walsh; I Maguire, K O'Hanlon; T Clancy, S White, M Taylor; D Gore, R Deane, B Hurley. Subs: T Corkery for Crowley (20, injured), E McSweeney for S White (half-time, injured), A Browne for Loughrey (45), J Fitzpatrick for O'Hanlon (53), P Murphy for Flahive (54).
Limerick - D O'Sullivan; M Donovan, S O'Dea, P Maher; B Fanning, T McCarthy, G Brown; D Treacy, T Griffin; J Liston, S McSweeney, M Fitzgibbon; P Nash, A Kearns, K Daly. Subs: D Lyons for Daly (44), C McSweeney for Pallasgreen (44), S Keeley for Fitzgibbon (50), J Lee for Liston (61), L Murphy for Maher (61).
Ref - D O'Mahoney (Tipperary).