Cork football manager Ronan McCarthy has admitted he is relieved to get the opening Allianz Football League fixture out of the way and pointed to a renewed strength in depth within their ranks.

The Rebels beat Offaly 0-20 to 0-13 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh to open their account in Division 3.

But it took until the second half for Cork to take a true grip on the game before ultimately winning comfortably.

McCarthy told RTÉ Sport of his relief at turning the game around but also at improving on a poor home record.

"The first round of the league is actually always a game that you want to get out of the way," he said.

"You've all this excitement coming up to it and you're looking forward to the start of the league and proper competitive football.

"But there is also the dread of losing the first game because it brings a certain pressure with it.

"So it's great to win our first game which we haven't done during my time in charge.

Cork's Ian Maguire addresses his team-mates following the Allianz Football League opener

"It's great to win a home game because we've had a very poor record during my two years - a poor home record - so overall it's positive. Also the fact we were in trouble in the first half.

"We were 0-07 to 0-03 down with ten minutes to go to half-time and Offaly had us under an awful lot of pressure.

"They were turning us over regularly. So to come through that, we showed composure, we were steady and we didn't panic."

He revealed that his half time message to the Cork players was to stop surrendering possession as cheaply as they had been doing.

"We felt our problem at half-time was that we were being turned over, carrying the ball into trouble and being turned over on their '45," said McCarthy.

"We felt then that we were wide open on the turnover once we lost it.

"So we were better on the ball [in the second half], more composed, more patient and waited for our openings to come and opportunities and I think that was the key difference."

One positive he feels Cork have this year is strength in depth which has mitigated their current injury list.

"We have the strength in depth to rotate which maybe we didn't have previously," he said.