HOLDERS Midleton CBS can book a quarter-final place in the Dr Harty Cup (Munster Post-Primary Schools Senior Hurling Championship) by defeating St Joseph's from Tulla, Co Clare in Cappamore on Wednesday at 1.30pm.
The champions impressed in their opening Group D game against Hamilton High School, winning by 0-20 to 2-11, when Killeagh's Ryan McCarthy accounted for 0-13, a dozen frees and another from a sideline cut.
Carrigtwohill's Sean Walsh and James Mulcahy were also prominent in the scoring stakes as were Cathal Hickey (Lisgoold) and Noel Cahill (St Colman's).
This is Tulla's first outing in this three-team group with two teams to emerge for the knock-out phase.
CBC, last season's beaten finalists, began with a 3-17 to 1-13 victory over St Francis College, Rochestown, winners of the 'B' championship last season.
The Cork schools are in the group-of-death (Group C) alongside the 2018 champions, Limerick's Árdscoil Rís, and the 2017 victors, Our Lady's Templemore.
Christians meet Templemore in Cashel, also at 1.30pm, in a game featuring first-round winners, the Tipperary school overcoming Árdscoil by 4-20 to 3-17 in a high-scoring encounter.
Christians recovered from the concession of a first-minute goal to register an impressive win with Daire Burke (Douglas), Eoghan Kirby (Blarney) and Robbie Cotter (Blackrock) scoring their goals.
Jack Cahalane (St Finbarr's), winner of an All-Ireland minor football medal, was the top-scorer with an impressive 0-11, eight from frees and another from a '65.
The Cork school face a big threat from Templemore's inside line of James Devaney, Paudie Kinnane and Tony Cashill who accounted for 4-10 of their school's tally against Árdscoil. Devaney led the way with 2-7.
Rochestown head to Mallow to play Árdscoil in a must-win game for the pair.
Blackrock's Alan Connolly and Cian McCarthy, right half-forward and centre-back respectively, contributed the bulk of the scoring against Christians.
Another All-Ireland minor winner, Sean Andrews (Shamrocks), supplied the only goal.
Árdscoil's main scoring threat is posed by Cathal O'Neill, who scored 2-10 against Templemore, 1-8 from frees and his second goal from a penalty.
St Colman's, Fermoy, recent winners of the Dean Ryan Cup (U16½), need to bounce back from the 1-25 to 2-13 opening Group A defeat to Thurles CBS, when they meet Nenagh CBS in Kilmallock (1.30pm).
Nenagh appear to be strong as well if their 3-16 to 0-10 win over John the Baptist CS from Hospital, Limerick, is any yardstick, particularly Sam Madden's 2-12 scoring return.
Darragh Flynn (Ballygiblin) contributed 0-7 frees and another point from a '65 with Ben Nodwell (Sarsfields) and substitute Adam Walsh (Bride Rovers) scoring the goals.
North Monastery's Gaelscoil, the lone Cork school in Group B, don't play until Monday, when they take on Blackwater Community School.
The Mon lost heavily by 4-17 to 0-12 in their first game while their Lismore opponents also went down to St Flannan's, who won by 2-17 to 2-11.
Meanwhile, the county U21A football championship is down to five teams after Kilshannig, who defeated the holders Nemo Rangers in round 1, reached the semi-finals with a one-point win over Douglas.
The north Cork club, who contest the junior final on Sunday, await the winners of the outstanding quarter-final involving city rivals, St Finbarr's and St Michael's.
It could be a long wait, too, because the all-city game is pencilled in for the end of the month due to hurling commitments with both the Barrs and Blackrock.
The Rockies are involved in the intermediate semi-final against Aghabullogue and also meet Bishopstown at U21 level.
The other semi-final is between neighbours Ballincollig and Éire Óg, who represent Cork in the Munster club intermediate championship on Sunday week.
The Premier1 U21 hurling championship isn't as advanced with the Rockies-Bishopstown game only at the round 2 stage.
Midleton are in the semi-final.