In group one, Burgess defeated a fancied Kildangan side by 0-16 to 0-13 but despite the win ended up missing out on a qualification thanks to an inferior scoring difference after they finished level with both Kildangan and Kilruane on points.
But Toomevara ensured they topped the group and earned an automatic semi-final berth by easily overcoming Kilruane in Dolla by 2-20 to 0-15.
The other game in Group One proved a dead rubber with Lorrha/Dorrha overcoming Moneygall by 3-18 to 0-15 with Patrick ‘Bonnar’ Maher, Kevin Maher and Ciaran Haugh starring for the Lower Ormond side.
Meanwhile, in group two Borris-Ileigh sealed a knock-out berth with a 2-8 to 0-11 win over a disappointing Roscrea side in Toomevara on Friday evening; the goals coming from Philip Rabbitte and Keith Ryan.
Templederry also kept their hopes alive with a whopping 4-25 to 0-14 win over a lacklustre Borrisokane, with man of the match and county U21, Adrian Ryan bagging a haul of 1-15 while full-forward, Timmy Minogue also netted two goals.
However, the outcome of this group remains unclear as the GAA’s Disputes Resolution Authority is yet to rule on a Roscrea appeal following a scorekeeping error in the Templederry/Roscrea encounter earlier in the competition.
The game ended with Templederry claiming victory by a point but referee, Michael Cahill had the game level at the finish. The game was initially ruled as a draw but subsequently awarded to Templederry.
Roscrea are appealing the decision and pending the outcome still maintain a very slim hope but next weekend’s results and the DRA decision will have to go their way in order for Ollie Baker’s side to progess.
Should they lose their appeal they are out and will join Borrisokane while Nenagh Éire Óg, Templederry and Portroe will battle it out for the remaining two knock-out places in the final round of games next weekend.