A goal from Dublin senior Dean Rock, five points (0-3f) from Donegal's All-Ireland hero Michael Murphy and four from Dublin under-21 Philly Ryan put the champions in a commanding position and they go on to meet Queen's University Belfast in the first round proper.
Similarly, UCD had little cause for concern in their 2-11 to 1-5 win over Trinity College in Belfield last night, with Laois pair Donie Kingston and Paul Cahillane scoring 2-4 between them in a cakewalk 2-11 to 1-5 victory and they now await the winners of the DCU/Queen's match in a potentially mouth-watering quarter-final tie.
The sides were level at the break, 0-6 to 1-3, after Trinity had played with the strong wind at their backs. Giant full-forward Darragh Daly grabbed the Trinity goal just before the midpoint of the opening half.
Last year's beaten finalists NUI Maynooth, meanwhile, had just a single point to spare over IT Sligo in Maynooth, squeezing through on the right side of a 1-9 to 1-8 scoreline.
Full-forward Seán Hurley, a Kildare U21 and senior panellist, hit an early goal to put the hosts into a four-point lead amid near gael-force conditions but Gary Whyte replied for IT Sligo and it took a late save from Maynooth 'keeper Mark Donnellan from Joe Rodgers to ensure their safe passage.
There were also wins yesterday for St Mary's, Belfast, UCC and Athlone IT.
- CONOR McKEON