the game at a glance
Man of the match
Pat Horgan (Cork)
Not as effective in the second half but his 1-8 in the opening period, when Cork badly needed leaders, was crucial.
Conor Lehane's superb equalising score from the right on 41 minutes. Cork went on to hit five more points in a row.
Cork will benefit from a tougher than expected encounter, but is progress being made rapidly enough to rattle the big guns this year?
Michael Wadding was inconsistent in dishing out cards and both sides found fault in many of his decisions. Got little help from his officials.
Pat Horgan's goal was created by swift handpasses from Pa Cronin and Paudie O'Sullivan, and the finish was sublime.
What they said
Jimmy Barry-Murphy (Cork manager): "We were pretty comfortable when they got the goal, but to win by seven flattered us -- it was never a game like that."
Ollie Baker (Offaly manager):
"We scored well in the first half but Cork are a quality outfit and were able to pick off their scores with relative ease at times, but they had to work hard for their victory."
Wides: Cork 9 (6); Offaly 8 (5)
Free: Cork 14 (9); Offaly 10 (6)
Yellow cards: Cork 1 (J Coughlan 35); Offaly 3 (R Hanniffy 26, D Morkan 31, S Dooley 55)
Cork will discover the identity of their opponents in Phase 3 after this morning's draw, but no more hurling for Offaly until 2013.