The home side led 0-9 to 0-4 at the break, but, on the resumption, Anthony Murphy plundered a goal, before Padraig Griffin, back in club action after his controversial sending off for Cork the previous night, replied with a fine goal for Clon. However, after a thrilling finale, the Kerry side held on to win by 1-13 to 2-9.
Holders Douglas made a winning start to their campaign in West Clare defeating Cooraclare 2-12 to 0-4 in a one-sided affair
St Finbarr’s had two points to spare over Dr Croke’s, who introduced Eoin Brosnan for the second-half. Aidan O’Shea’s goal put them a point in front on 50minutes, but the Barr’s finished in real style with points from Fionnán Murray, Cathal McCarthy and Robert O’Mahoney to give them a 0-11 to 1-6 win.
There was more good news for Cork sides when Clyda Rovers recorded a comfortable win over Laune Rangers with Johnny Walsh and Paudie Kissane scoring the all-important goals in an impressive 2-12 to 0-9 victory.
The all-Cork clash between St Nick’s and Doheny’s ended in a draw when a late Mick Lyons point earned a share of the spoils for the Carbery side. Shane Kennefick got a first half goal for Nick’s and points from Eoghan Geaney and Eoin Geaney looked like giving the city side a win, but a late point by Lyons earned Doheny’s a deserved draw.
Ardmore’s first game in this provincial league ended in a surprise four point victory over Aghada. Two goals from John Casey and another from Clinton Hennessey proved instrumental in the 3-4 to 0-9 result.
Though only an intermediate side last season, Ilen Rovers looked every part a senior side making a winning debut against Bishopstown on a score-line of 0-16 to 2-6. James O’Shea and Justin Honohan scored the ’Town goals but storming performances from Fachtna Collins and the fit-again Brian O’Sullivan swung the game Ilen’s way.
Mallow recorded their second win of the league with a 1-8 to 1-5 over Rathmore, while Ballincollig had little trouble in disposing of Kilrush-Shamrocks in a 3-12 to 0-4 win.
St Michaels and Hospital-Herberstown drew in Division Two 1-4 each with Cormac O’Keeffe scoring for Michaels. In the Intermediate league, their were wins for Macroom, Killavullen, Ballinora, Sneem, Brickey Rangers while Kiskeam and Legion drew 1-9 each.