Sub Tim Sweeney’s goal 12 minutes from time put the result beyond doubt, as the game was very much in the balance at that point. County star Conor McCormack also got a goal while Paul Ryan had eight points in the 2-15 to 0-9 win.
Dublin minor Aodhan Clabby shone for Ballinteer who continue their development into a force at senior level.
The curtain- raiser at Dublin HQ on Saturday saw Lucan Sarsfields hammer Faughs (0-25 to 1-2).
Ironically Faughs had a dream start when Fergal Heavy hit a stunning goal inside the opening minute. But that was to be as good as it got for the Templeogue men as Lucan took complete control.
Darragh Brennan, Kevin O’Reilly and Mick May were outstanding for the winners, who led by 11 points at the break.
On Friday night, brothers Peader and Mick Carton inspired O’Tooles to a shock 0-12 to 1-6 defeat of Kilmacud Crokes who were tipped by many as the side who could end Ballyboden’s dominance.
Also on Friday, St Brigid’s survived a second half comeback from StVincent’s to win out by 2-14 to 2-10 as Paddy McAvinue and Kieran Kellett hit first-half goals for the Blanchardstown side.