O'hAilpín was a constant thorn in Dublin’s defence and his performance at full-forward in the 3-22 to 0-14 rout has pushed the on-trial Na Piarsaigh star firmly into contention for a starting place against Tipperary in the Munster SHC showdown on May 31.
Daly, meanwhile, has urged his players to heed the harsh lesson dished out by Cork at Wexford venue Oylgate on Saturday ahead of their Leinster SHC opener against Antrim on June 7. Dublin are 1/7 favourites with some bookmakers but those are odds that have astonished former Clare captain and manager Daly.
The two-time All-Ireland senior medallist said: “Dublin got a timely reminder that league and championship are two completely different ball games.
“We got a lesson and it just shows that we can’t be running away with ourselves. We might have gone well in the league but championship is a different animal. Dublin have a serious amount of work to do. We have four weeks to go to the Antrim game and we need some serious hurling but above all, mental toughening.”
Dublin also have serious injury problems to contend with as they prepare for the visit of the Saffrons.
Ronan Fallon is a massive doubt with a broken metatarsal bone in his foot and the centre back will be in plaster for another ten days.
Tomás Brady, Ross O’Carroll and Peter Kelly did not feature against Cork because of hamstring injuries while the manager’s injury concerns have been exacerbated by a dead leg sustained by captain Stephen Hiney.
Niall Corcoran is currently on the treatment table with an ankle problem while Joey Boland, David O’Callaghan and goalkeeper Gary Maguire did not feature at the weekend because of a flu bug which has swept through the Dublin camp. Michael Carton and Dave Curtin were Dublin’s most effective performers while Cork boss Denis Walsh will have been most pleased by the displays of midfielder Jerry O’Connor and Kieran McGann at centre-back.
In attack, Timmy McCarthy and Niall McCarthy impressed but Daly highlighted O hAilpín for particular praise.
Daly said: “He was taken down for a penalty and caught some great ball. He was a major handful for us and looked very hungry.”