O Bambaire ensures Chorcha Dhuibne title defence gets off to perfect start
Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne got the defence of their title off to a winning start as they beat Colaisti Iar Luimni in Castleisland.
The Dingle school, coached by new Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice, were in a commanding position at the break as they led by 0-9 to 1-2 in the Group B clash, with Seamus O Muircheartaigh and Cathal O Bambaire on target.
While a goal from Shane O hUallachain put Chorca Dhuibhne nine clear early in the second half, their west Limerick opponents rallied and kicked five unanswered points, Jamie Breen finishing with 1-2.
Ultimately though, that wasn't enough.
At Cloughduv in Group A, De La Salle College of Macroom earned a 1-10 to 1-8 win in their all-Cork derby with St Francis College, Rochestown.
Pa Lucey scored seven points for De La Salle, with the goal coming from Padraig Berhanu. Cathal Cormack's late maximum for Rochestown had given them hope but they were unable to complete the comeback.
In the same group, goals from Westley Delaney (penalty), Calven Teehan (two) and Liam Carey scored the goals as Intermediate School Killorglin beat Colaisti Iarthar Chlair by 4-8 to 1-10. Ronan O'Flaherty got the West Clare combination's goal.
St Fachtna's of Skibbereen recovered from a poor start to beat Tralee CBS 0-14 to 0-11 in Templenoe in Group C. Jack Bushe scored five points for the west Cork side, while Jack Savage managed the same total for Tralee.
In Group D, St Flannan's beat Colaiste na Sceilge 2-10 to 0-6. Eimhin Courtney -- who scored 1-4 -- and Liam Corbett were responsible for the Ennis school's green flags.