Last year's beaten finalists Inniscarra were pushed all the way by Bishopstown at Oven before advancing 1-9 to 1-5.
Indeed Inniscarra were were left in the starting blocks, but against the odds they showed great pride in overwhelming Bishopstown in the final 30 minutes.
: Inniscarra: D O'Connell 1-2, J O'Mahony 0-3 (frees), D O'Riordan 0-2 (frees), M O'Sullivan and J Olden 0-1 each. Bishopstown: D Crowley 1-1, D O'Mahony 0-3 (0-2 frees), S O'Neill 0-1 (free).
Courcey Rovers and Mallow served up a terrific premier game at Blarney with Courceys winning 3-8 to 2-9. Seamus Hurley was the hero of the hour for Courcey's with his late goal, but credit also to Mallow for their stirring second-half comeback.
: Courcey Rovers: J. Murphy 2-1, N. Murphy 0-5, S. Hurley, 1-0, V. Hurley 0-2. Mallow: P. Dineen 1-4, R. O’Connell 1-2, M. Maher 0-2, B. Carey 0-1.
AT last a championship victory for Ballincollig to savour and, more importantly, one to build upon.
Their young and energetic outfit, parading five debutantes, were brimful of energy at Carrigtwohill, punishing a wasteful Youghal side with four late points to win 1-11 to 0-11 with Cork minor Alan O’Donovan the star of the show with 1-4.
: Ballincollig: A. Donovan 1-4, D. Beale 0-5 (frees), N. Connaughton, J. O’Brien 0-1 each. Youghal: O. Coleman 0-7 (0-4 frees), D. Ring (frees), J.P. Joyce 0-2 each.
Darren Dineen's 55th minute pointed free proved the winner in this marvellous premier clash at Pairc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday. Ballinhassig just about deserved their 1-10 to 0-12 victory, but it could have been so different had Dan Twomey not wasted two gilt chances from 30 metre frees late in the game.
: Ballinhassig: D. Dineen 0-5 (0-4 frees); D. Duggan 1-0; S. Dineen, F. O’Leary 0-2 each; M. Coleman 0-1 (free). Aghabullogue: D. Twomey 0-7 (0-5 frees, 0-1 65); E. Twomey 0-3; P. Kelleher, F. Foley 0-1 each.
Despite being reduced to 14-men, brave Tracton still had enough in hand to clip Aghada's wings 2-14 to 2-7 in another premier clash at Church Road. Leading by just a point when wing forward Peter Kingston was sent off for a second yellow card offence, seven minutes from the end of normal time, Tracton turned in a grandstand finish to deny Aghada.
: Tracton: D. Walsh 1-7 (0-5 from frees); F. Walsh 1-1 (1-0 from free); F. Lynch 0-2; S. O'Sullivan 0-2; N. Collins and J. Kingston 0-1 each. Aghada: D. Creedon 1-0; S. O'Keeffe 1-0; V. Morrissey 0-4 (0-1 from free); P. O'Neill 0-2; G. Melvin 0-1.
In the first division newcomers Dromina got off to a winning start 1-12 to 0-10 when they overcame Cobh in a close encounter at Castletownroche. The difference between the sides was the winner’s brilliant full-forward Martin Finn, only just returned from Australia, who accounted for 1-7 of his side’s tally.
: Dromina:- M. Finn 1-7 (0-4 frees), A. O'Shaughnessy 0-2, G. Healy 0-1, J. Finn 0-1, L. Hayes 0-1. Cobh: D. Barrett 0-4 (0-3 frees), M. O'Connor 0-3 (0-2 frees, 0-1 '65'), B. Meaney 0-2, P. Meaney 0-1.
Watergrsshill had a successful day out with a 1-15 to 0-12 victory over Bandon at Ballygarvan.
The Hill set the scene for this win with a super charged scoring surge in a 10 minute spell before the break when they notched 1-5 without reply with John Halbert’s goal in the 27th minute the highlight.
: Watergrasshill: P. O’Regan (0-7, 0-6 frees, 0-1 65), J. Halbert (1-0), W. O’Leary (0-3), P. Cahill (0-2, 0-1 free), E. O’Reilly, K. Coakley, O. Curtin (0-1 each). Bandon: N. O’Rourke, D. Lucey (0-3 each), D. Cronin (0-2), J. Nyhan (0-1 free), J. HIckey, (0-1 free), D. O’Donoghue (0-1 free), K. Hurley (0-1).
Showing a greater degree of resolve, Nemo Rangers eventually came out on top 1-15 to 0-15 against Kanturk at Kildorrery yesterday. But, not before enduring a few anxious moments, and it was only when William Morgan scraped home the winning goal in the dying seconds that their fate was decided.
: Nemo Rangers: J Masters 0-9 (0-5 frees, 0-1 65m, 0-1 sideline), W Morgan 1-1, A Cronin 0-2, B Twomey 0-2 and K Walsh 0-1. Kanturk: F Browne 0-6 (0-5 frees), D Dwane 0-6 (0-1 free), P Kerins, B Mullane and A Nash (free) 0-1 each.
It was all too easy for Balymartle at Mallow yesterday when they subdued Milford's challenge 3-19 to 1-11 and subsequently condemned the losers to a second round clash with either Valley Rovers or St. Vincent's.
Referee Kevin Hennessey sent off both Rory Dwyer and Willie O’Leary nine minutes from time after a minor dust-up.
: Ballymartle: B. Coleman 2-1; B. Dwyer 0-7 (0-5 frees); C. O’Brien 1-0;P. Coughlan and G. Cummins (0-1 free) 0-3 each; D. McCarthy, J. O’Mahony, R. Dwyer and C. Sheehan 0-1 each. Milford: M. Morrissey 1-2 (frees); E. Dillon 0-5 (frees); J. O’Brien 0-2; S. Curtain and R. Geary 0-1 each.