THIS was no classic, a gritty, hard-hitting qualifier in front of a small crowd, but it was a vital step on Cork's road to All-Ireland glory.
After a disappointing extra-time loss to Kerry in the Munster semi-final, Conor Counihan's side were sent on the qualifier route. They had no problem swatting Cavan and Wexford aside but the Shannonsiders came in all guns blazing, having gone extremely close to beating Kerry in the provincial final.
They played all the football early on, hitting the post twice as Cork didn't score for 13 minutes. The Rebels eventually took control, 0-12 to 0-7 up entering the last quarter but coughed up a late penalty before a late Conor Fitzgerald point that sent the game to extra time.
Patrick Kelly, unusually was on the left-sided frees with Donncha O'Connor on the bench initially, but the Ballydesmond native's introduction helped settle a Rebel unit that deserved to push through on the basis of the additional 20 minutes.