They had jumped clear with a Mark Driscoll goal after 43 minutes, quickly followed by a superb point against the wind by Pa Cronin for a 1-15 to 0-10 lead.
Next weekend, in group B, Blackrock, who repelled an Erin’s Own comeback on Saturday, square up with Newtown.
At Caherlag, a point six minutes into added time from Shane Forde rescued Na Piarsaigh from defeat against Carrigtwohill in group C. Liam Gosnell and James Mulcahy top-scored for Carrig but they got a two-point return from impact sub Niall McCarthy. The former Cork senior star still has the hurling and fitness for the top level and it looked like that would drive them to an upset.
The Glen will clearly emerge as winners of their section, even if Rob Downey is now suspended after getting a straight red in the first half.
In group A, Sars defeated Midleton by a goal in a lively encounter last Friday night, before Douglas got the better of Ballyhea the following afternoon.
Sars are now in pole position to qualify but their showdown next Saturday at Páirc Uí Chaoimh will tell a lot. Douglas were fired by Alan Cadogan’s six points from play, though Brian Turnbull limped off early.
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