LIMERICK 0-19 CARLOW 1-9
AFTER eight games in the national football league Carlow have an average of 11.6 scores (goals and points) per game with an average point's total of 13 per game. Fermanagh won the division almost comfortably and yet their average points per game (excluding the ridiculous 9-23 they put up on Kilkenny) is also 13 points per game.
Are we clutching at straws here or does that stat prove just how small the difference between promotion and remaining in division four actually is? Wicklow have been promoted folks, how did we let that happen?
It's clear from all the talk in the stand, online and from the media interviews we have read, seen and heard that the majority of people really believe we have the players to take us up a division if not two divisions. This means that there is something else missing. It could be a lack of true belief on all sides or maybe a lack of support, maybe a lack of player discipline; but the one thing that is still staring us in the face is this: we are still in division four and Fermanagh and Wicklow are in division three. Those that have gone before us would consider that stat a description of hell, and yet that's where we are.
Anyway, we'll address the situation before the championship rolls around here's what happend in Limerick.
With less than a minute on the clock Darragh Treacy got the home team off the mark and by the 5th minute the lead was doubled. Con Murphy halved the gap with a point but Ian Ryan and Ger Collins made it 4-1. Meanwhile Carlow missed two goal chances before Keith Jackson kicked Carlow's first score in 13 minutes. Ian Ryan increased the Limerick lead with a fine point until Brendan Murphy made it 5-3.
Con Murphy got his second point at the Gaelic grounds and the gap was only a point but scores from Lavin, Collins, Treacy and Riordan gave the home team a comfortable advantage at the break 9-4.
JJ Smith was brought on for Darragh Foley at half time to freshen up the full forward line and in the opening minute Cormac Walshe scored a good point. Ian Ryan then popped up for a brace and the result began to look ominous as the minutes ticked on. By the 45th minute of proceedings Limerick lead 12-6 with only a Brian Murphy free keeping the scallion aters ticking over. Con Murphy and Ian Ryan swapped points and just after Carlow missed another goal chance limerick went straight back down the field and pointed through Ian Ryan. JJ Smith added a free but Treacy ruled it out for Limerick. With six minutes to play Keith Jackson kicked his second point before three Limerick points. Carlow's man of the match Sean Gannon popped up for a goal to reduce the deficit to six points but Ger Collins would have the last laugh for the boys in green.