The expectation is that Ross and Nemo will meet in the county final in mid-October, but they won't have it all their own way next Sunday in a double header in Páirc Uí Rinn.
Carbery Rangers will be severely tested by a Barrs team who have built real momentum since August, avenging a first-round loss to Ballincollig to make a first county semi-final since they lost the final to Nemo in 2010. Stephen Sherlock, Alan McCarthy, Cillian Myers-Murray, Michael Shields (freed from the defence), Ian Maguire and Eoin Comyns all shone against the Collig in a 1-12 to 0-12 victory last Friday, though minor ace Myers-Murray is likely to miss next weekend with a hamstring injury.
Ross saw off Castlehaven 2-11 to 1-11, but endured a 29-minute scoring drought and had the benefit of an own goal. Seamus and John Hayes, along with John O'Rourke, drove them on up front, while they battened down the hatches in defence in the face of the Haven's comeback.
Nemo survived their shootout with UCC, 3-18 to 2-16, Barry O'Driscoll nailing a brace of goals and Kevin Fulignati the other, while Luke Connolly landed 0-9, eight placed balls, and Paul Kerrigan 0-3. Sean O'Shea, Conor Geaney, Cathal Bambury did the scoring for a College side with a strong Kerry flavour.
Duhallow struck late to deny Valley Rovers, Jerry O'Connor with the goal in the closing stages. The division relied on some quality free-taking from Donncha O'Connor, while Michael Vaughan fired 0-3. Valleys' main threat was Fiachra Lynch but they couldn't manage a landmark win.