1. Reliance on Horgan:
Patrick Horgan scored 2-8 of Cork’s 3-12, showing that the captaincy is something to inspire rather than inhibit him. However, of the other 1-4, the goal was fortunate and Conor Lehane – substituted after 11 minutes – was the only player to score more than once.
2. Mixed impact for fringe players:
Cork went with an experimental look to their team as some players were given opportunities and others moved to different positions. On such a day, it can be hard to judge those auditions, but Seán O’Leary-Hayes is showing up well at corner-back.
3. It’s a knockout?
A win over Limerick next week would effectively guarantee Cork a semi-final spot, but would such a thing be a help or a hindrance? Nobody really wants to win the league but extra games would be helpful in terms of getting the team to gel.