Let the Premier and the Treaty hop off each other in two weeks and Cork can focus on the bigger picture. In that sense, there’s no need to be too negative.
Only a few Rebels were close to their best. Alan Cadogan, who has now hit 1-9 from play in three games, Darragh Fitzgibbon, for his typically incisive runs, Mark Coleman, collecting and distributing possession cleverly in the second half, and Patrick Horgan, given he raised two green flags, even if his free-taking was a bit off, were decent.
Do the management stick with young gun Robert Downey on the wing or start one of the experienced defensive subs, McDonnell, Cahalane or Chris Joyce?
They had their opportunities in the closing stages after Darragh Flynn’s goals and the efforts of Jack Cahalane, Luke Horgan and more, but paid the price for a sloppy first half where they didn’t deal well with Clare’s sweeper.