Derry's Ruairi Convery too hot for Dublin City University
Derry's fusion of skill and resilience proved too much for Dublin City University whom they beat by 3-12 to 2-12 in the Kehoe Cup hurling competition.
Ruairi Convery proved a hero for the Oak Leaf county by scoring 1-8, including five superb points from long-range frees in the second-half which did much to sustain his side when the Students threatened to seize the initiative.
Derry will now meet Trinity, who managed to pip Armagh yesterday, in round two next Sunday.
Meanwhile, Down manager Gerard Monan enjoyed a double bonus when his side overcame Queen's by 3-15 to 0-9.
Not only did Monan watch James Coyle, Danny Toner, Caolan Bailie and Danny Toner heap agony on the students through their scoring prowess but he also was impressed by the performances of Donal Hughes and Paudie Flynn for the Queen's outfit.
The pair will be lining up again with Down when Queen's involvement in the Kehoe Shield ends and Monan is relishing the prospect of having more selection options available to him.
"I thought our finishing was good but I would also have to commend players like Brett Nicholson, James McGrath, Conor Woods and Paddy Hughes who were very impressive for us," states Monan. "We are getting together a good mix of youth and experience which should stand to us."
Queen's manager Gavin Duffy can not only take heart from the displays of Hughes and Flynn but he also knows that he has a fine marksman in Conor Corvan.
Down will confront Fingal next Sunday and Monan knows that his side will face a stiff task given that the Dublin outfit hammered Longford by 5-19 to 0-13 yesterday.
Armagh's new manager John Lennon only had days in which to prepare for yesterday's confrontation with Trinity College and the fact that they were only beaten by a point (0-12 to 0-11) holds out hope for better things.