RUNNERS-UP in 2012, Clonkeen College are the first team into the last 16 of the FAIS Leinster Senior Cup after a 4-1 extra-time win over St Aidan's Community School yesterday.
Despite Jordan Hanley cancelling out Kyle Braine's first-half opener for Clonkeen, the home side struck once in the first half of extra-time and twice in the second to secure the emphatic win.
Captain Ross Miller gave them the decisive lead before substitutes Mark O'Connor and Dylan Watts sealed the result.
The victory was made all the more impressive by the fact that Aidan's went into the tie on the back of a tremendous 2-1 success over Leinster Champions League winners from two years ago, Oatlands College.
Holders Athlone Community College face a further frustrating wait to kick-start their campaign as they plan for the winners of next week's clash between Wilson's Hospital School and Moate CS.
Athlone were given a walkover in Round One due to the fact that Scoil Mhuire, Strokestown, could not field a team.
Runners-up last year, St Joseph's CBS, are another side biding their time as they wait for the winners of Mount Temple CS and Trinity CS, Ballymun.
The Fairview school have been safely into Round Two for more than a fortnight now after seeing off St Vincent's Secondary School.
One of last year's semi-finalists, St Paul's College, Raheny, go into the second round full of confidence after defeating St Declan's College, Cabra 5-3.
However, they face a strong Portmarnock CS side, who put six past Belvedere College without reply.
The other final-four team last time out, Chanel College, impressively saw off 2012 winners Malahide CS in the first round, but face another daunting roadblock to their last-16 hopes in the form of Beneavin College, Finglas.