CORK’S second-half display, when they scored just four points to draw at home with Down, summed up their league campaign as a whole, according to manager Peadar Healy.
The Rebels finished with draws against Galway, Meath and now Down, two wins over Fermanagh and Derry and a couple of defeats by Kildare and Clare, which meant they missed out on promotion from Division 2.
“It was frustrating again," conceded Healy. "I thought we looked very tired out there during the second-half. Maybe the long trip to Derry affected us.
“I thought we looked dead out there. We’re also trying out things, hoping they’ll work for you.
“We had a few chances, but didn’t take them. I thought we went back into ourselves again even though Down, clearly, had a lot more to play for. We should have kicked on, when they came back at us, but we didn’t,” Healy commented.
Cork played like a team who were out of the promotion chase and were not going to be affected by relegation issues barring a set of bizarre results. Colm O'Neill was their primary threat up front, while Ruairi Deane chipped in with a well-taken goal.
“Overall it was a frustrating league to be honest and our second-half display today reflected our season as a whole. We’re lacking consistency in our performances. In the last three games we drew two at home and won one away.
“We should have won both those home games and we should have beaten Galway up there as well. The first two teams we played, away games against Galway and Kildare, won promotion and are in the final. I don’t think we’re clinical enough at the moment.”
Cork didn’t start with Mark Collins, who was injured in training on Thursday night, and was replaced by Alan O’Connor, making his seasonal debut. He played the first-half before making way for fit-again Aidan Walsh.
“It was his first game for us this year and he’s fine. We just decided to change things around at half-time and brought in Aidan Walsh to give him a chance,” Healy added.
Eoin Cadogan and Brian O’Driscoll are also on the mend with the Douglas yet to figure this year.
“He’ll get game time with his club in the championship next weekend. We’re hoping to have him back for the championship, as well. Brian is two more weeks away. We’ve five of the U21s coming into us, too, so we’ll get a look at them, as well.”