The calculators were out in Towney as Termon went down by ten points to Kilcar but still survived to reach the quarter-final by virtue of a superior scoring record.
The other big talking point from the game was the late introduction of Patrick McBrearty to kick the final point on 60 minutes but then seemed to be limping again, which could be bad news for Kilcar going forward.
Termon got 14 behind the ball early on and frustrated Kilcar to lead by two after five minutes, points from Austin Marron and a Daire McDaid free.
Mickey Hegarty got Kilcar on the board and the sides were level at 0-2 and 0-3 each before some great points from Stephen McBrearty and Mark McHugh pushed Kilcar into the lead.
When a Cormac Cannon effort was deflected to the net on 29 minutes, Kilcar pulled away to lead 1-8 to 0-4 at the break. By that stage Termon had to abandon their defensive policy in an effort to get scores on the board.
Stephen McBrearty and Mark Sweeney stretched the lead inside four minutes of the restart before Termon were back in the contest with an Ollie Doherty goal that rebounded off ‘keeper Kevin Campbell and then off Doherty to the net. Daire McDaid added a point and the lead was down to five, 1-10 to 1-5.
But then Kilcar hit two goals inside a minute, Stephen McBrearty cutting through for the first and then he set up Conor Doherty for the second.
It was tense from there to the finish as Daire McDaid was black carded but two good points from Christy Connaghan gave them a lifeline and substitute Enda McCormick hit their final score in the 51st minute, but it proved to be vital when the sums were totted up.
Matthew McClean had picked up a black card earlier in the half for Kilcar.
The final score from Patrick McBrearty was greeted with applause from the Kilcar fans but then the sight of their county player limping left them wondering if he will be able to return to full fitness for the quarter-final.
Mark McHugh was again impressive for the winners, as were Stephen McBrearty and Michael Hegarty.
Kilcar: K Campbell; P Gallagher, B Shovlin, P Carr; A McClean, R McHugh (0-1), M McHugh (0-2); M Hegarty (0-1), A McGinley (0-2,1f); M Sweeney (0-1), S McBrearty (1-4,2f), C Cannon (1-0); M McClean, C Doherty (1-0), D O’Donnell. Subs., J Cunningham for M McClean, bcard 38; P McBrearty (0-1) for D O’Donnell 56.
Termon: N O’Donnell; F O’Flynn, D O’Donnell, K McElwaine; A Marron (0-1), J McCafferty, K McDaid; O Doherty (1-0), J Gallagher; N McElwaine, S McElwaine, R Gallagher; D Connaghan (0-1f), D McDaid (0-3,1f), C Connaghan (0-2,1f). Subs., D Gibson for K McElwaine 36; P McDaid for D Connaghan 37; E McCormick for D McDaid, bcard 47; J English for J Gallagher 52; L Doherty for J McCafferty 58.
Referee: M Coll (Gaoth Dobhair)