Down 0-11 Cork 1-19
Down worried Cork at Ballycran this afternoon but the All-Ireland champions powered through to this NHL Division 1B win thanks to a second half rally.
The sleepy Rebels were off the boil in the opening half - allowing Martin Coulter (0-04) and Simon Webster (0-03) dictate the game and a 0-09 to 0-05 half-time lead for the home side.
But having seen off Limerick, Wexford and Antrim over the past four weeks, Cork were not about to let their unbeaten record slip.
While the Mourne men lost influential centre back Gary Savage through injury in the second half, Cork were back level by the 42nd-minute.
Full-forward Neil Rohan bludgeoned over everything he could throughout - notching 0-11 (5f, 2 '65s) in all - with Garvan McCarthy and Ronan McGregor also on target.
A mistake from Paddy Hughes allowed two-time Texaco hurler of the year Brian Corcoran in for the only goal of the game late on.
It mattered little, and an Easter Sunday visit to second-placed Tipperary should ensure John Allen's men are on their toes from the off next weekend.
Antrim 0-10 Tipperary 6-21
Tipperary got over their loss to Leinster champions Wexford last week by thumping a hapless Antrim by 29 points in NHL Division 1B this afternoon.
Eoin Kelly started the six-goal onslaught as early as the third minute as he netted a 13-metre free.
Paddy O'Brien bagged a second on 8 minutes and while Michael Herron opened the home scoring with a brace of frees, Tipp were 3-11 to 0-03 to the good just three minutes later as Kelly hit his second.
Kelly - who racked up 2-8 in all - was rested after 50 minutes as the Premier cracked in further goals in the second half with Francis Devenney, O'Brien and Michael Webster - on 53 minutes - all on target.
Herron, Paddy Richmond and Johnny McIntosh did best for the Saffrons, who enjoyed a man advantage in the closing stages as Tipp's Aidan Fitzgerald was yellow carded.
Westmeath 1-20 Derry 2-10
Kerry 5-24 Wicklow 2-3
Carlow 3-7 Meath 3-6
London 3-9 Sligo 1-8
Donegal 1-18 Longford 3-12
Armagh 4-16 Leitrim 1-7