No team, not even All-Ireland champions, can ship too many losses without feeling the pain as Ballyhale Shamrocks found when hounded to defeat by hungry O'Loughlin Gaels in the Kilkenny SHC.
Shamrocks were without Kilkenny captain Colin Fennelly, Adrian and Darren Mullen (for half the tie) through injury and after putting in a battling first half after which they led by 0-9 to 0-8, they were put to the sword.
A super second half from O'Loughlin's that featured fine goals from Jack Nolan and Paddy Butler carried the city side to an impressive 2-21 to 0-17 win that kept them on course for the league final.
James Stephens kept in touch in Group A when scoring their second win, a good 0-22 to 0-18 victory over All-Ireland intermediate champions Tullaroan.
In the other game in the group, it wasn't a good 32nd birthday for former Hurler of the Year Richie Hogan as his Danesfort team slumped to a second defeat. They lost to Bennettsbridge (3-16 to 1-17) having been in control for much of the first half but two second-half penalties from Jason Cleere proved crucial.
In Group B, defending league champions Dicksboro lead the way. Former Dublin senior panellist Shane Stapleton shot 10 points in their second win, a 0-24 to 0-13 success over struggling Graigue-Ballycallan. The winners led by 0-13 to 0-7 at the break.
Erin's Own (Castlecomer), minus county star Conor Fogarty, hit 2-2 in six second half minutes on their way to beating Clara 3-16 to 1-13. Jack Buggy and Jamie Holohan scored the vital goals.
Mullinavat followed up a draw against Erin's Own the previous week by drawing 1-15 to 0-18 with Rower-Inistioge.
In the Wexford SHC Glynn-Barntown stunned reigning champions St Martin's with a blistering display that saw them emerge 0-20 to 1-11 victors in their quarter-final clash.
Glynn-Barntown laid the foundations for this win in the first half despite falling behind to a third-minute Luke Kavanagh goal. With Michael O'Regan dominant at centre-back, along with Davy Clarke, who would go on to keep inter-county star Rory O'Connor scoreless, it was John Leacy and Conor O'Mahoney with superb points that sent them in with a 0-11 to 1-7 interval lead.