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By Matthew Hurley at Pairc Uí Chaomh

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It was one way traffic in the Division 1A clash this afternoon, as a rampant Cork side saw off Westmeath at Pairc Uí Chaomh. While easy, this win was significant as it took the Rebels to the top of the group leading into the big games against Limerick and then Galway.

It was not the ideal first half for the visitors as both Davy Glennon and Niall O’Brien suffered unfortunate injuries. Glennon’s in particular looked very serious, as he trudged off with what seems to be an arm related injury. Their opponents showed no mercy however as Alan Connolly, Luke Meade and Patrick Horgan rattled Eoin Skelly’s net in the first period as the home side led 3-14 to 0-9 at the break.

For this game to be kept alive, Westmeath needed the perfect start to stand a chance. However, a horrendous 15-minute spell at the start of the half led to 4 goals, ending the match as a contest. Kieran Kingston could even bring Horgan, Cadogan and Darragh Fitzgibbon early, thinking about Limerick in 2 weeks’ time. It was great in that regard leading up to a huge game, but did they actually learn anything from this game?

One player who stood out for the Lake County was Josh Coll, who was one of the changes made by Shane O’Brien during the week. Coll proved his managers fate with a 0-5 display, all of them scores from play. Maybe that’s a positive for them moving forward as they prepare for the Joe McDonagh Cup. This game had a sense of inevitability about it however, and after an encouraging performance against Waterford last week, but now, it’s back to square one.

For Cork, it was game where they could have tested out a few young players, and the majority did very well. These impressive individual displays gives Kingston a selection headache ahead of Limerick, added to the fact that Shane Kingston and Mark Coleman were rested today. The next 2 games will be the acid test for this new look Cork side, as we will see what they are really made of. Today was about the victory though and they got it in devastating fashion.

Cork: G Collins; S O’Leary Hayes (0-1), E Cadogan, S O’Donaghoe; T O’Mahony (0-2), R Downey (0-1), N Cashman; D Fitzgibbon (0-2), D Connery (0-3,2f); C Cahalane (0-1), P Horgan (2-4,2f), S Barrett (1-3); A Cadogan(1-4), A Connolly (2-1), L Meade (1-2).

Subs: S Kennifick for Horgan ’41 mins, T Deasy for Meade ’41 mins, J O’Flynn for O’Mahony ’48 mins, B Cooper for Fitzgibbon ’51 mins, B Turnbull (0-2,2f) for Connolly ’54 mins, S Twomey (0-1) for A Cadogan ’54 mins, D Meaney for Connery ’55 mins.

Westmeath: E Skelly; D Egerton, T Doyle, B Doyle; A Craig(0-1), A Clarke (0-1), S Clavin; J Boyle, R Greville; J Coll (0-5), K Doyle (0-5,4f), D Glennon (0-1); N O’Brien, A Cox, N Mitchell.

Subs: E Aherne for O’Brien ‘7 mins, C Doyle (0-2) for Glennon ’21 mins, S Williams for Aherne ’48 mins, C Shaw for K Doyle ’57 mins, K Regan for B Doyle ’63 mins, P Scally for Craig ’63 mins

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