Playing with a strong wind, Canovee started brightly, taking a 0-3 to 0-1 lead, though chances were being wasted on both sides. Good points by Hogan and John Corkery had Aghabullogue level by the 18th minute, however, and trailing by one, 0-5 to 0-4, six minutes before half-time they looked in a good position.
Canovee finished the half with four points in-a-row — Pat Dunlea shelving early jitters from a long-range free while Con Dunne showed up well at full-forward and wing-back Damien Ahern weighed in with one too.
Two Corkery efforts, one a free, had Aghabullogue back to within four by the 38th minute.
Canovee worked the ball cleverly against the wind in the second-half, winning scoreable frees which Dunlea continued to convert, his seventh making it 0-12 to 0-7 in the 56th minute..
With time running out, Aghabullogue went in search of a goal, Kenneth Hogan drawing a good stop from Michael Deasy just before Donal Cullinane scored a point with two minutes of normal time left to cut the deficit to four. Sean O’Connor had the last word for Canovee, however, getting his second of the game after Dunlea spotted him with a quick free. They are safely ensconced in round four, leaving Aghabullogue with a tricky tie against Ballyclough if they are to get their campaign back on track.
Scorers for Canovee: P Dunlea 0-7f, S O’Connor, C Dunne 0-2 each, D Ahern, B Ahern 0-1 each.
Scorers for Aghabullogue: J Corkery 0-4 (0-2f), J Hogan 0-2 (0-f), N Buckley, D Cullinane 0-1 each.
CANOVEE: M Deasy; D Murphy, P O’Sullivan, J McCarthy; B Ahern, J O’Brien, D Ahern; G Ahern, T Murphy; T McCarthy, P Dunlea, S O’Connor; D O’Sullivan, C Dunne, D Ring.
AGHABULLOGUE: J Buckley; P Twomey, D Buckley, Jerome Corkery; B Kiely, D Twomey, D Merrick; D Cullinane, N Buckley; B Buckley, P Finnegan, P Murphy; P O’Rourke, J Hogan, John Corkery.
Sub: K Hogan for O’Rourke (half-time).
Referee: D Farrell (Mitchelstown).