With just two points from four games, Horeswood needed a victory to make it through to the quarter-final stages while their opponents Fethard needed full points to leapfrog them into the knock-out stages and they were also dependant on Clongeen losing their final outing.
There was always the danger that Horeswood would continue their inconsistent form into this game. However, they swamped r their opponents in the opening quarter, by which stage they led 1-5 to 0-3, the goal a brilliant finish from David Shannon after Banville had delivered the final pass into space.
Fethard were struggling in midfield and with only Kevin Rowe threatening up front, with three well-kicked points, they trailed 1-7 to 0-4 at the interval.
While Fethard opened the second half with a Darren Foley point, they were unable to get the goal they much needed, with a low Kevin Rowe shot going wide off the outside of the upright. Ten minutes from the end Horeswood secured the points when Banville, who finished the game with a personal tally of 1-7, 1-6 from play, drove a low shot to the net after some superb approach football from deep in midfield.
Fethard kept battling but were out of luck in front of goal with John Tubritt and Rowe having low shots on goal go just wide.
St Anne’s (Rathangan), having already secured a quarter-final spot saw off battling Clongeen 1-16 to 2-7, their crucial goal coming from the outstanding Liam Óg McGovern. Clongeen despite goals from Gary O’Grady and Jamie O’Grady were unable to secure the two much needed points making their exit from the title race.
Goals from Shane O’Gorman and David McEvoy gave struggling Adamstown a surprise 2-9 to 2-5 victory over St Martin’s who had already secured their quarter-final spot. St Martin’s without injured inter-county duo, Daithí Waters and Ciarán Lyng, were in the game right to the end as goals from Alan Kehoe and Colin Redmond brought the game right down to the wire.
Shelmaliers kept their quarter-final hopes very much alive with a resounding 0-17 to 0-7 victory over a depleted Duffry Rovers side, now facing relegation from senior status.