HARBOUR ROVERS saw off Ballyhooly in the Avondhu JAHC quarter-final at Fermoy.
The Glanworth side got off to a perfect start as Stephen Condon landed two points with Barry Johnson replying from a sideline.
The Rovers’ goal came in the fifth minute when John O’Sullivan netted while Thomas Condon was outstanding at centre-back.
Some well-taken points by Condon were followed by a Seamus Roche point for Ballyhooly as the winners led 1-4 to 0-2.
Condon and Johnson exchanged frees before Kevin Kiely placed his brother Denis for a goal.
Condon added three more frees before the break while Johnson and Darragh O’Reilly were on target for Ballyhooly to leave it 1-8 to 1-5 at half-time.
On the restart Condon (3) and John O’Sullivan added points, with Dylan Collins placing Barry Johnson for a nice score, 1-12 to 1-6.
Rovers pushed seven points up before good play by Jack Coughlan led to a John O’Sullivan point.
Ballyhooly improved greatly in the last quarter. Former Bride Rovers hurler Johnson pointed and followed with a great goal. Game on, 1-15 to 2-8.
The momentum was with Ballyhooly in the closing moments. They had two frees and struck the crossbar in the dying moments but Harbour Rovers survived.