Dunloy Cuchullains got their defence of the Antrim senior hurling Championship under way in the group games yesterday, and by the end of their first game - at home to McQuillan's, Ballycastle, they were relieved to come away with a share of the spoils.
There were six minutes of injury time added on during a baking hot day and while the champions just clung on to a 0-17 each scoreline, they will be concerned at how Ballycastle did enjoy serious success against them.
It took a late, late point from Keelan Molloy to rescue them from defeat.
In the other big game in Antrim, 2018 champions Cushendall were taken down by Loughgiel away from home on a final scoreline of 2-13 to 2-10.
The Ruairí Ógs had a chance to rescue a draw at the very end when they were awarded a penalty.
Goalkeeper Conor McAlister had already nailed a goal from a close-in free halfway through the second half but this time he didn't quite get the meat of the hurley behind it and the chance was lost.
There was a real rip-roaring Belfast derby with St John's just about edging O'Donovan Rossa 1-16 to 0-20, while St Enda's could not follow up their impressive win over St John's, this time falling to St Gall's on a 2-17 to 0-12 score.
In Armagh, the round of 16 was played and old favourites Crossmaglen made light of their early season blip against Ballymacnab when they got past a fancied Silverbridge at The Athletic Grounds, 3-10 to 1-8.
They will now face Mullaghbawn in the quarter-final.
The other pairings for the quarter-finals, due to take place over next weekend are Clann Eireann against Maghery, Madden will play Pearse Ógs, and Armagh Harps to square off against Killeavy.
A repeat of last year's county final was hosted in the Derry Championship, but this time the result was very different as Glen triumphed 0-11 to Magherafelt's 1-5.
Slaughtneil are on the move again and they went top of their group, following a stonking win over Kilrea last week, with another handsome margin of victory over Coleraine, 2-12 to 1-5. Shane McGuigan tucked away a neat penalty and the second goal arrived when the ball fell kindly to Sé McGuigan.
Swatragh opened their account last week with a decent win at home to Dungiven, but had a slight slip up when they could only secure a draw with Claudy.
Lavey got past Kilrea 3-9 to 0-14, Bellaghy were better than Foreglen to the tune of 2-16 to 0-13, Ballinascreen piled on the pressure for Dungiven with a 4-15 to 2-12 score, Glenullin conquered Limavady 1-19 to 1-15 and Loup squeezed past Newbridge 2-8 to 1-10.
In the late game, Ballinderry managed to overcome Banagher 4-10 to 1-9.