The four times champions took control after the break to dominate in a wind-assisted second-half, running out 3-23 to 0-9 winners. Clare minor forward Rian Considine had two goals for the winners.
Last year’s beaten finalists St Colman’s College got their campaign off to a winning start against Blackwater CS at Ballyduff, Though Lismore were level just after the three-quarter mark, Colman’s pushed on to take the Group C points by 0-14 to 0-11.
David Lardner hit six frees for the winners.
Reigning Harty Cup champions Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore survived a stern examination from CBC, Cork to open their defence with a one-point victory.
The Tipperary school, having played with a near gale in the opening period, enjoyed the narrowest of margins at the break, 2-4 to 0-11. Denis McBarron and Eoin McCarthy struck the Christians goals and a flurry of early second-half points propelled them in front at Clonmel.
James Devaney brought the teams level when gaoling for Templemore in the 46th minute and it was tit for tat thereafter, with Gearoid O’Connor, a sub on last year’s all-conquering Templemore team, striking the winning point, his ninth of the hour, to hand the champions a 1-15 to 2-11 victory.
CBS Midleton, with a number of survivors from the team which fell at the semi-final hurdle last season, fired an early warning shot with their 1-21 to 0-12 win over De La Salle Waterford at Bushy Park.
Cork minor Liam O’Shea sent Midleton down the road to victory with a goal on 24 minutes. They led 1-7 to 0-7 at the break despite having played against the elements in the opening period. The second-half proved a largely one-sided affair.
O’Shea finished with 1-5, Liam Gosnell managed 0-6, with 10 different players, in total, writing their names onto the scoresheet. At the back, the Cork minor trio of Aaron Walsh Barry, Sean O’Leary Hayes and Ger Millerick ran a very tight operation.
In Fermoy, Gaelcholáiste Mhuire AG defeated 2015 winners Thurles CBS by 0-16 to 1-12.
The Cork school, despite the concession of a Gearóid Troy goal seven minutes in, were 0-7 to 1-3 in front at the turnaround. Blake Murphy finished as top-scorer for Gaelcholáiste Mhuire AG with seven points, Cork minor Daire Connery raised four white flags.
Gearóid Cahill and Colin Haugh bagged first-half goals as St Flannan’s opened their campaign with a 2-11 to 0-10 triumph over Castletroy. Nenagh CBS also got off on a winning note, they overcame Scoil na Trioniode Doon 2-21 to 3-13.
In the all-Limerick clash at Bruff, 2017 All-Ireland senior B champions John the Baptist Community School, Hospital saw off Coláiste Iosaef Kilmallock on a final scoreline of 1-16 to 0-9.
The winners had carved out a 0-9 to 0-3 advantage by the call for half-time and it was game over when Oisin O’Grady pounced for the sole goal of the contest entering the final quarter. Dylan O’Shea was the chief marksman for the Hospital school, he finished with 0-10.