Following their demolition of Mount Sion last week, Abbeyside confirmed their status as serious title contenders, and were always in control against an opposition minus injured All Star Eoin Kelly and De La Salle Colleges All-Ireland winning skipper Noel Connors.
The winners were never headed and their goal came in the 14th minute from full forward John Gorman. That eased them five points ahead and they cruised to the interval by which time they led 1-8 to 0-3.
Wasted opportunities from placed balls didn’t help the Passage cause — how they missed Kelly in that department alone — but they were thrown a lifeline in the 36th minute when midfielder Rory Walsh goaled. But that was as good as it got as Abbeyside reeled off five points on the trot.
J. Gorman (1-3); M. Gorman (0-6); G. Hurney (0-3); R. Foley, M. Fives, M. Ferncombe, T. Murray (0-1) each.
O. Connors (0-4); R. Walsh (1-1); N. Quinlan (0-1).
D. Ryan; S. Briggs, J. Kindregan, G. Breen; B. Scanlon, R. Foley, E. Enright; S. O’Hare, J. Foley; G. Hurney, M. Gorman, M. Fives; M. Ferncombe, J. Gorman, L. Hurney.
T. Murray for L. Hurney.
R. Barry; R. Quann, B. Carey, L. Carey; I. Power, J. Heffernan, P. Hogan; J. P. Collingwood, R. Walsh; C. Carey, O. Connors, N. Quinlan; A. Connors, K. Fitzgerald, P. Fitzgerald.
. Wyse for Power (inj); A. Brett for Collingwood; J. Upton for P. Fitzgerald.
V. O’Toole, Roanmore.
WARM favourites De La Salle were happy to settle for a fortuitous draw in the opening game at Walsh Park on Saturday.
Wing back Kevin Moran was the star man for De La Salle and while Jack Kennedy inspirationally led the Ballyduff attack in a great battle with county colleague Brian Phelan, it was Moran who was the undisputed man of the match.
Two first half John Mullane goals helped De La Salle to a 2-5 to 0-10 half time lead, and it was score for score in a rousing second half.
Kennedy looked to have won it for Ballyduff with a superb lead point in the 55th minute, but on the stroke of full time a pointed James Quirke free had them level again leaving De La Salle the happier of the two.
J. Quirke (0-7); J. Mullane (2-0); D. Dooley (0-2); C. Watt, D. McGrath (0-1) each.
J. Kennedy (0-4); P. Fitzgerald (0-4); P. Matthews (0-2); P. Stephenson (0-2); P. Murphy, G. Harris, C. Kenny, N. Clifford, E. Cummins (0-1) each.
S. Brenner; D. Russell, I. Flynn, M. Doherty; S. Daniels, B. Phelan, K. Moran; B. Farrell, P. Nevin; C. Watt, A. O’Neill. J. Quirke; D. Twomey, J. Mullane, D. Dooley.
D. McGrath for Dooley.
B. O’Leary; A. Dunne, J. O’Leary, D. Van Veen; S. O’Leary, C. Kenny, P. Kennedy; P. Fitzgerald, P. Mathews; P. Stephenson, J. Kennedy, P. Murphy; B. Clifford, G. Harris, C. Power.
E. Cummins for Murphy.
B. Power, Mount Sion.