Cork manager John Meyler says his team have work to do after their five point defeat to Clare in the Munster championship.

The Rebels fell behind to a Shane O'Donnell goal inside the opening 60 seconds and, despite responding almost immediately with a goal of their own through Patrick Horgan, they never led at any point in the match.

Next up for Meyler's side is a meeting with the beaten Joe McDonagh finalist, either Laois or Westmeath, next month.

The Cork manager told RTÉ Sport that he mad mixed emotions after the final whistle today in Ennis.

A brace of goals from Patrick Horgan wasn't enough

"We're third in Munster. We've achieved our primary objective in that we're in a preliminary All-Ireland quarter-final," he said.

"I'm disappointed that we're not playing Tipperary or Limerick in Páirc Uí Chaoimh in a Munster final. I'd love if we were playing that.

"But look, after that performance today we need to go away for two or three weeks and really assess our performance, and we need to move on."

Clare were keeping Cork at arm's length after the break, before Horgan had his second goal to set up a close finish. But the Banner would outscore the visitors by 0-04 to 0-01 from there, as they recorded their second win of the summer.

The final Munster table

Meyler paid tribute to Donal Moloney and Gerry O'Connor's team, whose summer ends despite the victory.

"Clare set the pace early on. The goal that they got really set the energy. Their work-rate, their support play, everything about them was brilliant today.

"I just wonder where they were for the last two weeks.

"There was point in it coming into the last five minutes. Clare, in fairness to them, dug in and got a couple of great scores, and there was a puck of a ball in it at the end."