Cork trailed by 0-2 to 0-8 at the break and eventually lost by 0-11 to 0-13, much to the disgust of manager Conor Counihan.
“Crazy, crazy, absolutely crazy first half,” he said. “You wouldn’t deserve to win a game playing the way we played in the first half.
“It just wasn’t good enough and the lads know that themselves. There was a bit of a response in the second half, but you have to play for 70 minutes at this level or you don’t get a result.”
DUBLIN forward Eoghan O’Gara is awaiting the results of a scan on a groin injury picked up in the warm-up before his team suffered a shock NFL defeat away to Down on Sunday.
Manager Pat Gilroy confirmed, “Eoghan had a problem with his groin. He was just doing a warm-up and there was no way he could play so that disrupted things a bit.
“He’d been going very well but there’s no excuses. That wasn’t the reason our intensity wasn’t at the races today.
“We were at a different level last week against Armagh and we didn’t get up to that level this week with our intensity and that’s the bottom line. In fairness to Down, they brought plenty of it here today.
“The intensity of Down in the first half, really gave us a lesson. They were ferocious in everything they did but we upped it significantly in the second half.”
TIPPERARY have an NHL semi-final place on their mind ahead of this weekend’s clash with Dublin after an impressive 31 win point win over Waterford last Sunday.
Manager Declan Ryan said: “We’re looking to get to a league semi-final and that has been the aim since we started the league. We obviously didn’t get off to a great start but our performances have picked up considerably, we’re going in the right direction.
“Dublin blew us off the pitch last year in the league; they started off poorly this year but their performances are also on the way up. They need the points, so do we; it will be a massive battle, a huge physical battle.”
ARMAGH are considering an appeal against the red card issued to captain Kieran McGeever after a halftime incident in the tunnel as they lost to Laois in Sunday.
“To lose the man at halftime was an incredibly bizarre decision,” said manager Paddy O’Rourke.
“We honestly don’t know why we lost him, he doesn’t know why. He said nothing happened in the tunnel. Why we lost him I don’t know.”
ARMAGH’S Crossmaglen and Garrycastle of Westmeath must meet again in the All-Ireland club football final replay after a dramatic and intense draw in the first fixture at Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day . . .
MONAGHAN are to appeal a decision forcing them to play their NFL clash with Galway at a neutral venue as a punishment after recent incidents in their league clash with Kildare . . .
A LIAM Watson hat-trick helped Antrim’s Loughgiel Shamrocks beat Offaly side Coolderry in the All-Ireland club hurling final . . .
JOHN Evans has resigned as manager of the Tipperary senior football team in the wake of Sunday’s NFL defeat to Sligo . . .
BERNARD Brogan could miss as many as four league games for Dublin after undergoing an operation on his knee last Friday . . .
KILDARE midfielder Ken Donnelly has been forced to retire from inter-county football due to a long term knee injury . . .
DONEGAL may consider appealing Rory Kavanagh’s red card in Sunday’s football victory over Mayo.