Cork add to Down's woes with sixth straight defeat
Cork 0-12 - Down 0-07
It's now six losses from six for Down in the Allianz National Football League after another tough day out in Cork on Sunday.
After making a solid enough start, the Ulster men fell behind to a Cork side on the stoke of half time and despite the hosts being far from at their best, Down never looked like they had what it took to get back into contention.
For the rebels, they had their work cut out for them to break down a hard working defence, however despite some resolute defending, Cork ultimately had enough to take the points.
This was not a game with much quality, however, on the effort and the hunger fronts it was clear that Cork wanted and needed the win more as Down looked to be going through the motions for long periods.
Colm O'Neill, Paul Kerrigan, Luke Connolly and Mark Collins all impressed for the home side while for Down it was left to Cunningham, Donal O'Hare and Darragh O'Hanlon to carry the torch.
The first half of this game was a dour affair with just one point coming from play, and that was after 32 minutes. 0-4 to 0-3 to Cork at half time.
Cork opened the taps after the restart and had some nice points from play which seemed to send Down further into retreat.
Cork will now head to Kerry for a spot in the semis while for Down it is Mayo up next as they look to salvage something from what has been a really poor league campaign.