This was less about the result and more about the performance but nevertheless Lee Clark will be buoyed to see his side come out on top of this workout courtesy of goals from Paul Robinson, Paul Caddis and Lee Novak.
While Colin Doyle got 90 minutes under his belt in the Blues goal, Clark named two different outfield line ups for each half as he aimed to give his travelling squad a minimum of 45 minutes each.
That said, Andy Shinnie and Wes Thomas played no part with both being rested as a precaution due to slight knocks being picked up in recent days.
Considering how early this match fell in the pre-season schedule, Blues looked sharp and went straight for their opponents, the SSE Airtricity League joint league leaders, right from the off at Turner’s Cross Stadium.
In particular, David Cotterill was proving to be a thorn in Cork’s side and it was the Welshman who teed up the opening goal.
From a corner from the right, he picked out skipper Robinson for a powerful header from six yards.
And Cotterill almost played a part in making it 2-0 in the 14th minute with a cross from the left narrowly evading the outstretched leg of Clayton Donaldson at the far post.
Donaldson did have the ball in the net in the 20th minute. Jonathan Grounds’ header, from Cotterill’s left-sided free-kick, struck the right post and Donaldson pounced only to be flagged offside.
Cork’s only real chance of the entire game came in the 37th minute. Rob Lehane played in Andrew Neville for a fierce shot but the strong hand of Doyle tipped the effort over.
It took Blues’ second-half line up a little longer to settle but they soon found their rhythm as Jonathan Spector played in Mark Duffy down the right only for Kevin O’Brien to tip his powerful effort wide.
Caddis, continuing in the attacking central midfield role he ended last season in, curled a shot straight at the goalkeeper from 18 yards in the 67th minute.
Spector went close in the 78th minute with a low drive from distance that flashed wide of the right post before Blues breached the Cork rearguard twice in quick succession.
First, in the 83rd minute, Caddis’ cross/shot from the right outfoxed O’Brien; the Scotsman’s celebration suggesting he didn’t mean it.
Then, in the 89th minute, Novak made it 3-0. Duffy’s short corner from the left to Caddis was returned and the eventual cross fell to David Edgar. The Canada international tried to force the ball home but a half-clearance bounced up kindly for Novak who tucked away an overheard cross inside the post from close range.
First-half XI: Doyle; Eardley, Hall, Robinson, Grounds; Gleeson, Reilly; Brown, Adeyemi, Cotterill; Donaldson.
Second-half XI: Doyle; Packwood, Edgar, Gunning, Hancox; Spector, Lee; Duffy, Caddis, Gray; Novak.