Athlone Community College coasted into the second round with an easy victory over a disapointing Ardscoil na Trionoide side at Athlone IT.
The Athy outfit only registered one score over the course of the contest, a free in the first half by centre-forward Michael Kelly.
Athlone CC, winners of the North Leinster league before Christmas, led 0-9 to 0-1 at half-time.
The best of the action came in the opening period, with Ballinasloe's Eoin McCormack and attack-minded centre-back Ronan Daly leading the way in the scoring stakes for Athlone. Midfielder Ray Connellan and full-forward Jack Quinn also contributed a fine point each.
The winners' second-half points came from Conor Mulry, Eoin Fallon and substitute Killian Bannon.
Scorers – Athlone CC: E McCormack 0-4 (2f), R Daly 0-3 (1f), R Connellan, J Quinn, E Fallon, C Mulry, K Bannon 0-1 each. Ardscoil na Trionoide: M Kelly 0-1f.
Athlone – E Slevin; M Flannery, M McMahon, K O'Beirne; E Fallon, R Daly, C Mulry; S Farrell, R Connellan; M Darling, B Shaughnessy, E McCormack; Keith Dolan, J Quinn, Kenny Dolan. Subs: K Bannon for Kenny Dolan; E Kearney for Darling; N Kelly for McMahon; C McManus for McCormack; M Donnelly for Daly.
Ardscoil na Trionoide – M Prior; N Foley, T Foley, D Farrelly; S May, C Behan, D Hickey; P Connell, P Keogh; R Feely, M Kelly, S McGovern; D Conway, B Daly, M Hyland. Subs: T Martin for Daly; B Kelly for Hickey; J Moran for M Kelly; J Redmond for Conway.
Ref –T O'Donoghue (Longford)