Two Oisin O’Reilly goals helped Kilmallock to a 2-10 to 0-8 interval lead when backed by the breeze. Kevin Downe goaled for Na Piarsaigh, but Kilmallock remained in control and they were 2-14 to 1-8 ahead as the game entered the final quarter.
David Sheppard scored a second goal for Na Piarsaigh to leave just four points between the teams. But Graeme Mulcahy and Robbie Hanley points stretched the Kilmallock lead again and Downes’ second goal came too late.
Ahane were winners over Murroe-Boher, 3-12 to 1-14. At half-time it was 2-8 to 0-5 to the winners with two goals from Tom Morrissey. The lead grew in the second half with a Niall Moran goal from a penalty.
Adare were 1-20 to 2-15 winners over Patrickswell in Bruff, having led 1-12 to 2-8 at the break. Aaron Gillane had two Patrickswell first-half goals, while John Fitzgibbon raised the Adare green flag.
Bruff were 2-11 to 1-11 winners over Knockainey. Knockainey got the better start when Jason Lonergan goaled but a Shane Bulfin goal had Bruff ahead at half time.
Paddy O’Leary’s second-half goal ensured the win.
There were two games on Saturday evening. Doon were emphatic 2-20 to 0-8 winners over newly-promoted Bruree. Doon set the early tempo and were 0-7 to 0-1 ahead after 15 minutes with Mike Barry and George Allis among the scores. By half-time the lead was 0-10 to 0-4 and Cathal McNamara and Mike Fitzgerald added second-half goals.
Ballybrown were 2-13 to 1-13 winners over South Liberties in Claughaun.
At half-time it was 0-8 to 0-6 to the winners, and goals from Shane Kenny and Brian Griffin and six frees from Alan O’Connor ensured victory for Ballybrown.
South Liberties had a return of 1-8 from teenage free-taker Brian Ryan.