The four McMullen Cup qualifiers for the Vinnie Murray Cup had been whittled down to one by the time of the quarter-final stage yesterday.
Wilson's Hospital (beaten by CBC Monkstown 31-3), CBS Naas (beaten by Gonzaga 34-0) and St Patrick's Navan (beaten by De La Salle, Churchtown 10-7) were all elbowed aside at this higher level.
However, Newpark Comprehensive followed their first-round 18-11 decision over Wesley with a comfortable 15-3 victory over De La Salle Churchtown to force their way into the Vinnie Murray semi-final and the Leinster Senior Cup first round proper for the first time since the start of the three-section format.
For their trouble, they will have to counter the well-oiled machine that is St Mary's College in what will be a massive test of their resolve. That is for another day.
For now, it is a proud moment for coaches Andrew Adams and Morgan Lennon, two men who have toiled away in the McMullen Cup for a number of years, and their players.
This was a day on which Newpark could take great pride in all who wore the blue, with lock Raef Garland, scrum-half Evan Thornley (pictured) and captain Sean Reynolds all superb. But it was out-half Michael Halpin who stole the show with both tries and all the points.
Long-striding centre Gary Foxton struck from distance for two tries to confirm St Andrew's 33-12 graduation over Templeogue College at the Iveagh Grounds.
It means St Andrew's qualify for a Senior Cup first-round tussle with Kilkenny College next Tuesday, and they will go into that with a fair degree of confidence against the Leinster Senior League semi-finalists.
They were clinical in their approach play, signing off on first-half tries from right wing Michael Ruttle, centre Adam McDonagh and tight-head Jake Cawley in what was a free-flowing match.
CBC Monkstown had to work every inch of the way to slip past Skerries Community College 10-3 at Station Road.
The strong wind was a factor as Skerries went about physically dominating CBC with their close-in driving. Out-half Paul O'Loghlen struck a third-minute penalty. Despite the prominence of blindside Alan O'Connor and hooker Chris Tonge they could not budge the scoreboard.
Monkstown out-half Aaron Sheehan, blindside Rory Keogh and full-back Darren O'Brien were their key architects of the comeback in which centre Robert Hallam and wing Conor Martin struck for the crucial tries in the 39th and 59th minutes.