Three first-half goals laid the foundations for Rathnew's 3-8 to 0-12 victory over Blessington at Aughrim today.
Mark Doyle, Leighton Glynn and James Stafford found the back of the Blessington net inside the opening 23 minutes as Harry Murphy's charges raced into a 3-4 to 0-3 lead.
To their credit, Blessington recovered their composure to outscore their opponents by nine points to four over the remainder of the contest but the damage was done by Rathnew in that devastating early spell.
Rathnew - P Dignam; P Merrigan, D Power, J Snell; W Kavanagh, R O'Brien, E Glynn; J Stafford (1-0), T Smith; E Doyle (0-3, 2f), L Glynn (1-0), G Merrigan (0-1); N Mernagh (0-1), M Doyle (1-1), J Merrigan (0-2, 1'45). Subs: S Byrne for J Merrigan, D Jameson for E Glynn, C Healy for G Merrigan (BC).
Blessington - S Kitt; B Murphy, S Bohan, D Fennessy; C Kenny, P McLoughlin (0-1), KJ Rogers; E Keogh (0-2), B Carroll (0-1); M Nugent, A McLoughlin (0-2), M McLoughlin (0-1); P O'Connor (0-2), C Geraghty (0-2, 1f), K Hanlon. Subs: D Boothman (0-1) for M Nugent, G Murray for D Fennessy, M O'Connor for M McLoughlin, B Finan for B Murphy (BC).
Referee - D Peppard.