Cork ease past hapless Cavan

Cork 1-19 Cavan 0-4

Cork were in cruise control as they cantered through to the third round of the All-Ireland SFC qualifiers at a very wet Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Pearse O'Neill's 51st-minute goal effectively put the result beyond doubt, with Cork leading at that stage by 1-15 to 0-2.

Cavan looked a shell of the side that produced a tremendous comeback win over Wicklow, and substitute Cian Mackey was their only scorer as they trailed by 0-9 to 0-1 at half-time.

Ronan Flanagan (0-2) and Seanie Johnston added points, but Cork were never troubled as they cleared the first hurdle towards an All-Ireland quarter-final berth.

Smarting from the loss of their Munster title, the Rebels' Championship campaign was on the line against a Tommy Carr-led Cavan outfit.

The Breffni men were keen to produce a big performance against one of the country's top sides, as Cork and Cavan clashed in the Championship for the first time since 1967.

Watched by 3,172 spectators, Cork started against the wind in what was their first ever home draw since the qualifiers were introduced in 2001.

Gradually, the hosts' greater physicality and finishing power shunted them into a comfortable lead and Cavan never really tested them.

Johnston, such a threat during a sparkling individual display against Wicklow, was kept quiet after two early misses.

Cork took the lead after just 19 seconds, with good work from Aidan Walsh and the returning John Miskella teeing up a point for young full-forward Ciaran Sheehan.

Both sides turned over possession with the conditions playing their part, and Paddy Kelly (free) and Colm O'Neill nudged Cork further in front.

Two frees from Daniel Goulding made it 0-5 to 0-0 as Cavan continued to struggle, another Johnston wide and a Michael Brennan shot, which skimmed away from goal, doing little for their confidence.

Goulding, Sheehan, O'Neill and Kelly added four more points as Conor Counihan's men began to dictate. Mackey, who replaced full-forward Brennan, tapped over just before the break to spare his side's blushes.

Goulding took his free-taking tally to eight points and O'Neill mustered his third from play as Cork took a 0-15 to 0-1 advantage, early in the second period.

The sending-off of centre-forward Gareth Smith, for his second bookable offence, sucked more life out of Cavan's challenge, although Johnston did manage to point a free.

As the rain continued to pelt down, Cork showed no mercy as they worked their centre-forward O'Neill through on goal and he smashed a powerful shot to the roof of the net for a 1-15 to 0-2 scoreline.

Cavan wing forward Flanagan replied with a brace of points in the space of a minute, but Carr's charges had nothing left to give and the remaining action was mostly forgetful.

Importantly though for Cork's All-Ireland challenge, they managed to get some game-time for Nicholas Murphy as a second-half substitute. The Carrigaline midfielder has been troubled by a back injury all year.

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