Trailing 2-3 to 0-1 at half-time, Seánie O’Farrell and Stephen Dineen finding the net for the co champions, Town improved hugely in the second-half. Denis Crowley scored an early goal and Thomas Murray a few points before Killian McCarthy raised a third green flag for Carrig.
That was cancelled out by Eoin McCarthy, however, and with timealmost up the deficit was down to just two points before Hickey’s winner.
In yesterday’s other game, Brian Moylan scored seven points and Conor Dorris 1-3 as Glen Rovers beat Cloyne 1-16 to 1-12.
Erin’s Own, who like Midleton have played two games, lead the table with three points after goals from Eoghan Murphy and Alan Bowen helped them to a 2-16 to 1-15 win over Newtownshandrum on Saturday.
Seán O’Mahony got a goal and Barry Dwyer eight points as Ballymartle racked up 1-17 against Sarsfields, but the Riverstown side earned a point, scoring 2-14, Cormac Duggan and Robert O’Driscoll goaling.
Midleton and Killeagh also shared the points in their meeting. Leading 0-9 to 0-7 at half-time, the Magpies were put in a great position as Seán Hennessy – who finished with 1-6 — scored a goal, but Killeagh came back, aided by a pair of Eoin Loughlin goals.
New boys Courcey Rovers got off a to winning start, beating Blackrock 1-14 to 1-11. Sub Colm Daly got Courceys goal. Olan Kelleher got Blackrock’s goal.
On Friday night, Na Piarsaigh were 0-16 to 0-11 victors over city rivals St Finbarr’s.
In Division 1 of the Co IHL, Newcestown and Ballincollig had wins over Bandon and Youghal as Watergrasshill and Tracton drew. Ballyhea, Castlelyons, St Catherine’s and Meelin won in Division 2, while in Division 3 Mallow, Milford and Éire Óg won.