Kavanagh saves the day for Carlow
Published 29/04/2014 | 05:24
Four goals and 34 points entertained the small crowd in Ruislip on Sunday afternoon as Carlow had to come from behind to snatch a draw with the exiles.
Marty Kavanagh got Carlow out of jail at Ruislip with a last minute free but his side had looked nervous and unsteady for large periods of the game..
Mouse Kavanagh, as he is more affectionately known, scored two early goals and he came to his side's rescue in the second minute of added time as he stroked over four points on the trot.
Despite being without a lot of players through leaving the panel at the end of last season, such as Cork native Martin Finn, Ger Hennelly of Galway and John Walsh of Laois; all of whom were vital in the home sides success last year, the Exiles looked likely winners in the closing stages of the clash.
Luke Hands' goal put the Exiles in front mid way through the first half, and they led 1-11 to 2-5 at the break, having played with the wind and Carlow had, for the most part under preformed.
London really meant business on Sunday and when Martin Duggan's goal and a stunner of a point by Peter Phelan had them seven points up.
One of the positives from a Carlow perspective was that they looked that bit fitter in the latter stages and in the final quarter substitute Jack Kavanagh cracked over three long-range points, and injury-time scores from Sean Murphy and Marty Kavanagh showed a lot of pride and belief in the red, yellow and green jersey.
Peter Phelan could have won it for London when he had a chance late on but luckily for Carlow his shot was a poor one and his effort went badly wide.
Next up Carlow play Antrim and Westmeath host Laois next Sunday in the second round of group stages games.
Carlow: Brian Treacy; HP O'Byrne, Paul Doyle, Gary Kelly; Alan Corcoran, Richard Coady, Diarmuid Byrne; David English, Craig Wall; John Doyle, Eddie Byrne, Andrew Gaule; Marty Kavanagh, Sean Murphy, Denis Murphy. Subs: Jack Kavanagh for Gaule, Paul Coady for D Byrne, Conor Lawlor for D Murphy.