In their opening game, Stephen Quirke gave a man of the match show in attack, notching 1-5 in a 4-8 to 2-1 win, while in the second game, full-forward Danny Owens scored 3-1. Billy Johnson, PJ Lonergan, Jack McGrath and Morgan Irwin also shone.
Tinryland of Carlow easily accounted for Kinsale 3-14 to 0-1 in their opening game. Jason Curran was their star man with 2-1 while Dylan Ramsbottom, Kieran Larkin and Peter Hennessy also chipped in with scores.
In the group’s other game Sliabh Rua had too much for neighbours Ballinhassig, winning 1-5 to 1-1.
In Group B, Russell Rovers of Cork are unbeaten after they defeated St Mary’s of Sligo in their opening game 2-2 to 0-7 with goals from Colin Maher and Conor Parker while in their afternoon clash with neighbours Carrigtwohill they drew 1-4 to 2-1.
Mellifont Rovers of Louth are also unbeaten, albeit after just one game, when they easily saw off Glenville 1-10 to 0-5. In the group’s other game, St Mary’s defeated Glenville 2-7 to 1-2 with the game being held up for a considerable length of time due to an injury to one of the St Mary’s players.
In Group C, the exiles of South London, who won this title last year, look the team to beat again. In their first game against Mayfield they were victors by 2-8 to 1-4 with goals coming from Callum O’Sullivan and Jack Madden while midfielder Seanan McKillop was tremendous. Mayfield’s goal came from Luke Byrne.
In their other game, London hammered Passage West 5-5 to 0-4 with O’Sullivan doing most of the damage in the first half, bagging three goals.
Enniskillen Gaels won their only game of the day, getting the better of Passage West 3-8 to 2-4. The Fermanagh boys led by just a point at the break but with second-half goals from Patrick Beresford, Conal Quinn and Neil McDermott they weren’t to be denied. In the other game in group C, Mayfield beat fellow Cork side St Vincent’s 4-3 to 2-2.
In Group D, Tramore’s Michael McCraith’s had two wins from two. The first was against Courcey Rovers 3-12 to 0-1 while the other was closer, edging Donoughmore 0-4 to 0-1.
Athlone defeated Donoughmore by 4-8 to 0-2 while Canovee were too good for Courcey Rovers as they ran out 2-9 to 2-1 winners.