There were a trio of college wins in the Bord na Móna Walsh Cup this afternoon as NUI Galway, UCD and DIT advanced to the quarter-finals next weekend, while Laois, Carlow and Westmeath are condemned to the Shield competition.
NUI Galway staged a strong finish to claim a 1-17 to 1-14 win over Laois at a wet Rathdowney this afternoon.
Laois hung on to a one-point lead late in this game, despite being reduced to 13-men following straight red cards for Willie Hyland and Willie Dunphy in the second half.
However, scores from substitute Michael Mullins, Limerick's Kevin Downes and Gerard O'Donahue ensured an NUIG win.
NUIG led by 1-07 to 0-09 at half-time, with Downes netting their goal.
Laois looked good on the restart, with a Dunphy goal helping to put them ahead, but NUIG finished strongly.
UCD also registered an away win following a 1-11 to 0-13 victory over Carlow at Dr Cullen Park.
The University side staged a strong second-half display, after trailing by 0-12 to 1-03 at half-time.
David English, Shane Kavanagh, Marty Kavanagh and Peter Shaw were among Carlow's first-half scores, with Wexford's Jack Guiney netting the students’ goal.
Amazingly, Carlow only managed one second-half score, a Peter Shaw point in the 37th minute, as the students dug deep, with Wexford's Garrett Sinnott snatching the match winning score late on.
DIT needed extra-time before securing a 3-17 to 4-12 win over Westmeath at Cusack Park, Mullingar.
The hosts forced extra-time on a 4-09 to 3-12 scoreline following a Noel Conaty point, after trailing by five points entering the closing minutes.
DIT were strongest in extra-time, and led by 3-14 to 4-10 at the interval, with Dublin's Niall McMorrow and Wexford's Lar Prendergast impressive for the students as they held out for victory.
Meanwhile on Saturday, Offaly booked a quarter-final date with Galway following a 1-17 to 0-14 win over Antrim at O'Connor Park.