While Conor Lehane burrowed through and finished powerfully to the net from an Alan Cadogan off-load for the Rebels’ opening score, he missed another straight after. He possibly should have clipped it over anyway, but given the brilliance of Seamus Harnedy’s assist you can understand why Lehane went for goal.
You couldn’t really deny the merit of the hosts’ victory, as they hit five more wides and dominated much of the second half. Yet by the same token Cork were left to rue a couple of key misses in the dying minutes.
The major positive for Meyler and his selectors was the excellence of Seán O’Donoghue in the full-back line. The Inniscarra prospect’s strength and confidence have allowed him to slot in smoothly to replace the departed Stephen McDonnell.