The first team, which had a more experienced look about it, led at half-time 6-12 to 0-7, while many of the team that will line out in tomorrow’s Waterford Crystal Cup semi-final against UL played in the second half.
Granted, Denis Walsh and his backroom staff won’t have learned too much on a bitterly cold night at the northside venue as the county team was so dominant, but there was a crispness about their hurling that was pleasing to watch and many of the more familiar faces showed they have plenty of appetite. Midleton’s Patrick O’Mahoney was the only Cork player to line out in both halves — although listed at number 22, he came in to the corner-back position from the start instead of Jerry O’Mahony from Newtownshandrum, and then switched to the half-back line for the second 30 minutes where he looked very comfortable all through.
John Gardiner filled the number six jersey with Ronan Curran slotting in at right half-back and Jamie Nagle on the other wing. Brian Murphy and Jerry O’Connor formed the midfield partnership with Jerry getting in on the scoring act with a goal before half time. A formidable-looking forward line had notched 5-12 by the break with centre-forward Cian McCarthy top scoring with 2-4 — incidentally his father Teddy was a selector with the North Mon side.
Ben O’Connor grabbed his opportunities too, bagging a pair of goals within 60 seconds on the 26th minute, while 2010 captain Kieran Murphy also raised a green flag.
Patrick Horgan accounted for four of the North Monastery’s scores in the opening 30 minutes from frees, and whilst Cork introduced a new squad for the second half, the Mon changed around their selection as well. But, they were clearly outclassed and when Cork’s Brian Hartnett found the net almost immediately after the restart their enthusiasm seem to drain. They didn’t trouble the umpires again until Ian McDonnell pointed at the death.
Meanwhile, Cork took over from where they let off in the first half. The goals weren’t as forthcoming but that was because players were more intent on taking their points.
Bishopstown’s Thomas Murray and Niall McCarthy notched a trio of fine points each with Jamie Coughlan splitting the post too. Eoin Murphy finished the rout for Cork with their eighth goal four minutes from time.
Scorers Cork 1st half: C McCarthy 2-4, B O’Connor 2-2, K Murphy 1-2, J O’Connor 1-0, T Kenny and M Cussen 0-2 each.
Scorers Cork 2nd half: E Murphy 1-1, B Hartnett 1-0, N McCarthy and T Murray 0-3 each, J Coughlan 0-2, S Harnedy 0-1.
Scorers: North Monastery: P Horgan 0-4 (frees), D Cronin, D Brosnan, C Barry and I McDonnell 0-1 each.
CORK 1st half: A Nash; P O’Mahoney, E Cadogan, C O’Sullivan; R Curran, J Gardiner, J Nagle; B Murphy, J O’Connor; T Kenny, C McCarthy, C Naughton; M Cussen, K Murphy, B O’Connor.
CORK 2ND HALF: M Coleman; P O’Leary, C Fogarty, G Moylan; C Joyce, W Egan, P O’Mahoney; B Johnson, B Lawton; T Murray, S Harnedy, N McCarthy; J Coughlan, E Murphy, B Hartnett.
NORTH MONASTERY: G Ahern; A Brady, D Mannix, R Healy; A Fenton, G Callinan, J Hughes; J Egan, D Cronin; P Gould, D Cunningham, D Brosnan; C Barry, T Ó hÁilpín, P Horgan.
Subs used 2nd half: B Hennebry, S Glasgow, P O’Rourke, D Goggin, K Buckley, A Dennehy, A Kenneally.
Referee: D Kirwan (Eire Og).