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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Turlough named as new selector for Carlow squad

Published 08/04/2014 | 05:24

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A three point loss to Waterford on Sunday means that Carlow finish bottom of Division 4 of the Allianz National Football League in 2014.

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One win and one draw leaves them level with London on three points and sees them line the floor of the division on a 20 point scoring difference.

There were positives in mid week with the return of Conor Lawlor to football duties at the training centre on Tuesday but there was another addition to the setup that may come as a surprise to many Carlow football followers.

Turlough O'Brien has joined Anthony Rainbow, Damien McMahon, Wayne Middleton and Sean O'Brien at the helm of the Carlow management team with the championship visit of Meath the next game on the radar for the footballers.

Hopefully, the addition of the former Eire Og manager will be a positive one and Carlow can rescue 2014 with some form of performance in the championship.

For now though the blocks need to be rebuilt as, quite literally, there is no lower rung on the ladder than last place in Division 4. 156 points shipped in just seven games is a pretty bad stat meaning an average of 24 points per game, worrying to say the least.

Since the defeat to Waterford there have been even more rumours of departures from the panel but none confirmed as of Sunday evening.

The funny thing is that had Carlow nicked a win in London and beaten Waterford yesterday, having been ahead with 10 minutes to go, they would have finished in fifth place. The performances wouldn't have been any better but it just goes to show that there is very little between the teams in the division.

The game in Fraher Field wasn't a great spectacle and when Carlow shipped an early goal there was a feeling of dread at the thought of another big beating. Waterford are a poor side though and never looked like getting too far ahead.

Carlow were 1-2 to a point down inside 15 minutes with the goal coming from Liam O Lonain and three Paul Broderick frees brought them back into contention.

Broderick has been brilliant all year for Carlow along with Seamus Kinsella but it just typical of the shape up and luck of Carlow football that so many other things have gone wrong just when two of the best forwards in the county give a good commitment.

Waterford really are a poor outfit and they went 20 minutes without a score as Broderick moved on to five points from frees and the sides finished the first half level.

It took until the 51st minute for Carlow to get their first score from play but they lead by a point at that stage and a possible win was on the cards. Carlow would fail to score in the last 12 minutes though and Waterford hit four points on the trot to claim a hard fought scrappy win.

Carlow: Andy O'Brien; Barry-John Molloy, Shane Mernagh, Graham Power; Benny Kavanagh, David Bambrick, Jordan Lowry; Hughie Gahan, Daniel St.Ledger; Michael Meaney, Cathal Coughlan, Ronan O'Brien; Paul Broderick, Seamus Kinsella, Ciaran Moran.

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