Down fell to another heavy defeat at the hands of Cork, conceding four goals and losing by 13 points in Sunday's Division One clash at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Two goals by Patrick Kelly, followed by a Donncha O'Connor penalty, had Cork 3-5 to 0-5 up at half-time.
Kelly completed his hat-trick with Cork's fourth goal early in the second half as Down were overwhelmed.
Last year Cork beat Down by 11 points in the league and 12 points in the All-Ireland Championship.
Down might not have expected to win this game, but the margin of the defeat will be of concern to James McCartan and his management team.
Having shaded an opening home win over Donegal the previous week, they started brightly against Cork and were level in the early stages thanks to two Aidan Carr points and one by Liam Doyle.
But, when Kelly netted two goals in three minutes, Cork's victory looked assured.
Kelly, a late replacement in the home team, scored in the 27th and 29th minutes and O'Connor then sent keeper Brendan McVeigh the wrong way with the last kick of the first half.