AGHADA are through to the knock-out stages of the county IHC following their win over Meelin at Kildorrery.
Meelin had the aid of the stiff breeze in the opening half. From the start the East Cork side gained a foothold in the half backline and with Paudie Wall and Cian Fleming doing well at midfield they put the Meelin side under a lot of pressure.
Ronan Kennedy had the first score with Ger Melvin pointing a 65.
William Leahy made it 0-3 to 0- 0 after just 6 minutes. Conor Murphy opened the Duhallow sides account but a goal by Leahy after good work by Pierce O'Neill gave the winners a 1-3 to 0-1 lead after 11 minutes.
John Forrest pointed a free and when Jeremy Curtin pointed in the 15th minute just a goal separated the sides.
However, it was Aghada who continued to press hard with William Leahy pointing another free. Pierce O'Neill cut through but a very good interception by Brendan O'Sullivan denied a goal. William Leahy pointed another free in the 20th minute 1-5 to 0-3.
Aghada finished the half in very good form adding four points to just a single point by Meelin's D. J O'Sullivan 1-9 to 0-4 at the break.
Meelin were dealt a huge blow on the resumption when Leahy placed Pierce O'Neill for a goal in the 31st minute. Both sides exchanged points but Meelin were unable to claw into their opponents lead.
Eamon Brosnan worked well when introduced in the second half but the gap was just too wide. By the 40th minute Aghada moved 2-14 to 0- 6 clear. The Duhallow side had points by Jeremy Curtin and Eamon Brosnan followed by two late goals by D J O'Sullivan.
Meelin were unable to get any closer. Time ran out and it was Aghada who progressed with Meelin having to go through the losers section.
AGHADA: M Day, T O'Neill, B O'Mahony, A Creedon, S Wall, G Melvin 0-1'65' M Russell, P Wall, C Fleming, J Connolly 0-1, E Healy, A O'Connell, P O'Neill 1-2, W Leahy 1-10 (0-7f) R Kennedy 0-1 Sub: E Savage for J Connolly
MEELIN: S. M O'Sullivan, D O'Riordan, B O'Sullivan, T J Brosnan, J O'Doherty, L Collins, J Forrest, S O'Riordan, W Murphy, C Murphy 0-1, B Collins, John Forrest 0-1f, J O'Callaghan, J Curtin 0-2, D J O'Sullivan 2-1 Subs: E Brosnan 0-3 (0-2f) for C Murphy, James Forrest for J O'Callaghan D Linehan for J O' Doherty, M Forrest for D O'Riordan
Referee: Dave Copps (Ballyhea)