There was no shortage of effort in Balgriffin, where Galway-Mayo IT had to dig deep to overcome a gritty Ulster University Jordanstown to secure home advantage for the quarter-finals.
GMIT were tested early on by a Jordanstown attack that was moving well, with Paddy Henry and Frank Corvan playing key roles as the Ulster side accumulated a 0-7 to 0-3 lead.
The game's complexion changed in the 19th minute when GMIT wing-forward Daniel Loughnane scampered clear to crash home a smashing goal. Then, in first-half injury-time, James Liddy scored their second goal with an opportunistic flick to put them in control.
GMIT continued to inflict damage as Jason O'Gorman and Colin Egan edged them eight clear with only 10 minutes remaining.
Simon McCrory raised the green flag from a penalty for Jordanstown, but GMIT refused to panic and finished with a flourish. Four points on the spin from Egan (two), substitute Tomas Flannery and O'Gorman sealed a crucial success for an improving GMIT.
Scorers - GMIT: K Feeney 0-6 (4fs), C Egan 0-4, J O'Gorman 0-3, D Loughnane, J Liddy 1-0 each, A Lawless, T Flannery, C Flannery (f) 0-1 each. UUJ: P Henry 0-4 (3f), F Corvan 0-3, S McCrory 1-0 (pen), B Cashman, O McCloskey, D Hamill (f) 0-1 each.
GMIT -- J Keane; T Martin, C Flannery, K Waters; C Duggan, G Mahon, S Hynes; A Lawless, W McNamara; C Egan, A Lynch, D Loughnane; K Feeney, J O'Gorman, J Liddy. Subs: G O'Halloran for Waters (41), T Flannery for Liddy (47), D Maher for Mahon (49).
UUJ -- E Gillan; S Dobbin, F Neeson, N McAuley; S McCrory, N Curry, J Downey; O McCloskey, P Murphy; B Ennis, F Corvan, D Hamill; P Henry, B Cashman, A Clarke. Sub: C Rocks for Clarke (41).
REF -- B Gavin (Offaly).