After 10 minutes, Coláiste Choilm led by 2-2 to 0-1 after goals by Eoin Reilly and Eoin O’Shea, but six points by Ferdia O’Brien and Bobby O’Regan (1-1) helped Mercy Mounthawk 1-9 to 2-4 to the good by half-time.
Gearoid Savage and O’Brien had points early in the second half and when Louis Ryle found the net for Mercy Mounthawk they were 2-12 to 2-5 clear. While Coláiste Choilm did eat into that margin, Darragh Devine’s late point made it 2-16 to 2-10, meaning that Matthew Whelan’s late goal for the Cork school was only a consolation.
In Group C in Ballincollig, Coláiste Chríost Rí came good in the second half to defeat Macroom’s De La Salle by 2-12 to 0-5.
A tight first half saw the Cork city school 0-4 to 0-3 ahead at half-time, Mark Healy on song for Macroom, but a strong start to the second period saw them pull 0-9 to 0-3 clear. In the 51st minute, sub Joe Coughlan more or less made the game safe for Críost Rí with a goal and centre-back Eoghan O’Leary raised a second green flag at the death.
CBS HS Clonmel are off to a good start in Group A, having defeated IS Killorglin by 2-12 to 0-9 in Ballyhea. Mark Keogh scored 2-2 for Clonmel, who led by 2-3 to 0-6. Shane O’Meara got four points while Michael Hogan and Michael O’Reilly each scored two. Best for Killorglin were Fiachra Clifford and Mike Breen.
The other game was in Group B, where St Flannan’s College and Coláiste na Sceilge played out an 0-8 each draw in Abbeyfeale. Darragh Duggan was to the fore as Flannan’s scored the game’s opening six points inside 15 minutes, but they wouldn’t score again until the last 10. Sceilge scored eight unanswered points in between, but they were denied victory by Mark Crowe’s late equaliser for Flannan’s.