All-Ireland champions Dublin suffered a rare defeat as UCD – featuring 2015 Footballer of the Year Jack McCaffrey - hung on for a 2-09 to 1-10 win in the O’Byrne Cup at Parnell Park.
Paul Clarke deputised for Dublin manager Jim Gavin, who accompanied his All-Ireland winners on their team holiday to Jamaica.
UCD exploded out of the blocks as a profligate Dublin side trailed by 1-06 to 0-01 at one stage, with Tom Hayes netting for UCD.
Dublin’s first point didn’t come until the 31st minute, via Paul Hudson, but Maitias Mac Donncha’s goal before the break hauled the Dubs back into contention.
Four consecutive points for Dublin, including two from Shane Cunningham, seemed to signal a shift in momentum that UCD would struggle to reverse, but Jason Whelan’s black card aided their cause.
With UCD leading by just a single point, substitute Sean Meade scored what was to prove a crucial goal.
McCaffrey, who opted out of Dublin’s successful All-Ireland defence before travelling to Africa to undergo volunteer work as part of his medical studies, made two telling interventions before the final whistle.
His late point put UCD two points clear and his goal-line clearance prevented Dublin from snatching a draw.
Westmeath overcame Carlow by a goal as they ran out 2-15 to 1-15 winners at Netwatch Cullen Park.
Jimmy Dolan proved to be the difference between the two sides as his brace of goals, one in each half, helped the visitors edge to victory with Paul Broderick netting Carlow’s only goal of a close game.
Louth claimed their second win of the O’Byrne Cup, producing a strong second-half fightback to see off Maynooth University on a 1-13 to 1-08 scoreline.
The students held a three point lead at the break, leading 1-06 to 0-06, however the Wee County turned things around almost immediately after the restart, scoring an unanswered 1-02 with Dean Maguire netting the goal, before Maynooth registered a score.
From there on out, the Wee County were in control and further points from Jim McEneaney, Anthony Williams and Tommy Durnin saw them coast to victory.
Laois also had to come from behind in Greystones before a second-half blitz saw them eventually run out 2-17 to 1-08 winners over Wicklow.
After spurning several very good goalscoring opportunities in the first half, Laois trailed by 1-05 to 0-07 at the break. However goals from Ruairi O'Connor and Gary Walsh got them back on track before they eventually ran out 12 point winners.
Laois will next meet Meath for what will be winner takes all match for a place in the semi-finals.
Meath secured their second win of the campaign with an impressive display against DIT that saw claim a 2-15 to 0-10 win at Ashbourne.
After an evenly matched first-half Meath lead by a single point at the break, 0-07 to 0-06, but they cut lose after that, inspired by goals from Donal Lenihan and Bobby O’Brien.
Lenihan would finish the game with 1-05 and his side rounded things off in style, scoring seven unanswered points in the closing stages.
Ben Brosnan bagged both of Wexford’s first-half goals as the Model men ran out 2-06 to 0-10 victors against DCU at in Enniscorthy.
A ruthless Kildare outfit hammered IT Carlow by 4-21 to 0-01, with the Lilywhites goals coming from David Slattery, Cathal McNally, Neil Flynn and Tommy Moolick.
Kildare now face Offaly on Sunday. Longford proved too strong for the Faithful County in Newtoncashel, as Liam Connerton and Darren Gallagher each found the net in a 2-11 to 0-07 win.
Cork made the perfect start to their McGrath Cup defence on Wednesday night, with Niall Coakley scoring both of the Rebels’ goals in a 2-22 to 1-09 defeat of Tipperary in Templetuohy.
Coakley finished with a personal tally 0f 2-03 as the Premier County, who lost Robbie Kiely to a black card with 10 minutes remaining, were ruthlessly punished for their sluggish start.
Limerick recorded a 2-13 to 2-09 win over Clare in Rhebogue.
The hosts led by 1-05 to 0-07 at the interval, but Seamus O’Carroll capitalised on a defensive lapse by John Hayes early in the second half to extend Limerick’s advantage and Eoin Cleary’s late goal for Clare proved no more than a consolation.
Former minor star Donal Burke made a major impact in Dublin’s 2-26 to 0-21 win over UCD in the Walsh Cup.
Burke was responsible for 1-10 of Dublin’s total haul, with fellow rookie Cian O’Sullivan also hitting the bag of the net for an experimental Dublin line-up.
O'Byrne Cup Round 2 results
Dublin 1-10 UCD 2-09, Parnell Park
Wexford 2-06 DCU 0-10, Enniscorthy
Kildare 4-24 IT Carlow 0-01, Hawkfield
Longford 2-11 Offaly 0-09, Newtowncashel
Meath 2-15 DIT 0-10, Ashbourne
Wicklow 1-08 Laois 2-17, Greystones
Louth 1-13 Maynooth University 1-08, Darver
Carlow 1-15 Westmeath 2-15, Netwatch Cullen Park
McGrath Cup Round 2 results
Tipperary 1-10 Cork 2-22, Templetuohy
Limerick 2-13 Clare 2-09, Rhebogue St Patrick's GAA
Walsh Cup Round 2 result
Dublin 2-26 UCD 0-21, Parnell Park