CORK coach Ronan McCarthy reflected on the remarkable progress of a team, which suffered relegation in Division 2 in the league and are now in the All-Ireland quarter-finals.
“You come out of Páirc Uí Rinn in round four of the league (with just a draw from four games) to preparing to play Dublin in the Super 8s in Croke Park,” he said after disposing of Laois in some fashion.
“It was mission accomplished and job done. And I thought it was done with some style, too, because we played really well at times.
“We had them in real trouble on their kick-outs because we pressed high up the pitch.
“We tried to get an early goal in the second-half and while it doesn’t always happen we got two on this occasion to move well clear.”
Cork varied their approach, mixing it up well with use of the direct route to goal, explosive running and slow and patient play, too. It all combined for a fabulous return of 4-20.
“Our running game was sensational at times and yet we mixed it up lovely with diagonal balls in, as well, and that’s players making good decisions on the pitch.
“The other side to this is that it’s easy to make those decisions, when you’re winning comfortably.
“Players are able to relax and express themselves as we know how they can, but let’s see how it goes against the All-Ireland champions on Saturday.”
Cork jumped 3-17 to 0-9 in front after 51 minutes, but took their foot off the pedal.
“I was disappointed with the last 20 minutes because we got sloppy. The message we’re giving the players throughout my time in charge is that the scoreboard doesn’t actually matter.
“We keep doing the right things and that’s whether you’re winning by five points or losing by five points and we didn’t do that, so that was disappointing, especially as we’re facing the top teams in the next weeks.
“You have to be at your highest levels for 70 minutes and while we got away with it on this occasion, we can’t afford to drop those standards again.”