Defending County Champions Shinrone were pushed all the way by Tullamore in their rematch of last year’s County Final before eventually coming away with the win.
Trailing by 2-8 to 2-6 late in the game, Tullamore had a late goal chance to get something from the game but the effort was saved as Shinrone held on for the win.
In the other game in Group 2, Birr gained revenge for their defeat in last year’s championship quarter-final as they overcame St Sinchill’s/Lusmagh by 2-15 to 1-10.
Those results leave Shinrone in control of Group 2 with two wins from two games followed by St Rynagh’s and Birron two points although St Rynagh’s have only played one game. Tullamore and St Sinchill’s/Lusmagh prop up the group with both sides looking for their first wins.
Drumcullen are on top of Group 1 after recording their second consecutive win at the weekend as they eventually saw off a determined Kinnitty side by 2-11 to 1-5.
Naomh Brid opened their season with a win by the narrowest of margins over Kilcormac/Killoughey by 2-11 to 2-10. Both sides have two points although Naomh Brid have a game in hand. Kinnitty and St Cillian’s currently prop up the table as they are still looking for their first points.
The action continues at pace next weekend with the third round of games. In Group 1, St Cillian’s host Kilcormac/Killoughey while Kinnitty entertain Naomh Brid.
In Group 2, St Rynaghs welcome Birr in what could be a decisive game in the search for an automatic semi-final place while Shinrone will be looking to maintain their 100% start as they host Lusmagh/Sinchills.
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