With five minutes left, St Fachtna’s led by 2-10 to 1-7, having scored 1-8 without reply as Ryan Foley netted and Tom Bushe, Stephen Leonard and Dylan Hourihan scored good points.
A Rochestown penalty, converted by sub Ben McAuliffe, gave them hope, however, and right at the death Ciarán Cormack struck for an equalising goal.
All of Rochestown’s points came in the first half, as Shane Kingston, Liam O’Sullivan and Seán Powter put them 0-7 to 0-0 in front.
Leonard’s goal shortly before half-time ignited Fachtna’s but Eoin O’Brien’s green flag early in the second half put daylight between the teams before Rochestown’s fightback.
In the other game in that group, CBS HS Clonmel were too strong West Limerick Colleges, as they recorded a 2-7 to 0-3 win at Claughaun GAA Club.
In Group A, last year’s All-Ireland B champions Coláiste Choilm got off to a winning start as they beat Clonakilty Community College by 3-8 to 0-14 at Brinny, with Matthew Whelan, Kevin Browne and Declan Hyland getting the goals.
Tralee CBS join Coláiste Choilm at the top of the table following their 4-10 to 1-11 win over Macroom’s De La Salle. Ivan Parker’s goal helped Tralee to a 1-4 to 0-5 half-time lead and he would finish with 2-6. Jack Morgan and Mike O’Donnell got the other goals while sub Blake O’Gorman netted for Macroom.
Group B has St Brendan’s College of Killarney and Coláiste na Sceilge at its summit following the opening round. Leading by 0-11 to 1-1 at half-time against Mercy Mounthawk at Firies, Brendan’s saw their lead reduced to two points, 0-12 to 2-4, in the second half. Michael Foley and Evan Cronin got goals to secure a 2-17 to 2-5 win, however.
At Rathkeale, Coláiste na Sceilge beat St Flannan’s College by 1-18 to 0-6. Dilan O’Donoghue scored 1-7 and Darren Casey was also prominent on the scoreboard for Sceilge, who led by 1-8 to 0-4 at half-time.