Minors rally to edge past Kildare

Published 29/04/2014 | 05:24

The visitors to Conleth's Park in Newbridge on Saturday didn't have it all their own way. It took a very composed, strong finish to give Carlow a well-deserved victory.

In the early running Kildare took to the front and lead 4-3 with just 10 minutes played. The Carlow men were well matched to them though and five minutes later the sides were level. Carlow fell three points behind by halftime after Cathal Melville got his first goal for Kildare.

Kildare's Eoin O'Hehir scored 10 points in the hour but Carlow also had a man in double figures in Mount Leinster Rangers' Kevin McDonald.

Melville had his second goal early in the second half but Chris Nolan's sweet pull at the other end was the perfect response.

Carlow looked to have the game in the bag well before full time only for a Michael Gainey goal to bring the margin down to one but Carlow finished with three points to seal the win.

Carlow now take on Kilkenny in a real test of their mettle.

Scorers - Carlow: K McDonald 0-10 (7fs), C Nolan 1-4, G Coady 0-3, D O'Neill, A Kane 0-2 each, O Roberts 0-1.

CARLOW - Tommy Dowling; Padraig Coughlan, Paddy Shanahan, Colin Byrne; Tommy Maher, Eoin Redmond, Adam Dunne; Dean Grennan, Ger Coady; Chris Nolan, Andy Kane, Owen Roberts; Liam Galway, Kevin McDonald, Darragh O'Neill. Subs: James Murphy for Byrne (24), Seamus O'Neill for Galway (51); Andrew Casey for O'Neill (51); James Curran for Dowling (56)

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