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Kelly seals it for Carlow after early scare

Published 17/02/2013 | 04:00

Alan Kelly popped up to grab a winning point for 14-man Carlow at Dr Cullen Park yesterday.

London 1-9

Alan Kelly popped up to grab a winning point for 14-man Carlow at Dr Cullen Park yesterday.

Anthony Rainbow's side had to dig deep to retain their 100pc record, after falling five points behind to a Ciarán McAllion goal after 22 minutes.

The hosts managed to get themselves back into the game despite some desperate shooting. Points from Darragh Foley and Ray Walker levelled matters, before Kelly launched the winner with four minutes remaining.

There were some nervous moments for the home supporters after Brendan Murphy was sent off for a second yellow card entering injury time, but Carlow held on.

Scorers – Carlow: D Foley 0-3 (3f), Brian Murphy (2f), A Kelly, E Ruth 0-2 each; Brendan Murphy, W Minchin, R Walker, D Hayden 0-1 each; London: P McGoldrick 0-5 (2f); C McAllion 1-1; E O'Neill 0-2 (1f); J. Monahan 0-1.

Carlow:T O'Reilly; BJ Molloy, S Redmond, B Kavanagh; K Nolan, D Hayden, T Bolger; D Foley, Brendan Murphy; R Walker, P Reid, E Ruth; Brian Murphy, W Minchin, A Kelly. Subs: S Mernagh for Nolan (h-t); S Murphy for Molloy (51); J Murphy for Minchin (61); C Moran for Reid (70+2)

London: E Byrne; D McCreery, K Lynam, S Curran; S Hannon, G Carr, D Ryan; J Monaghan, C Doyle; G Crowley, M Gottsche, C McAllion; L Colfer, P McGoldrick, E O'Neill. Subs: P Finn for Doyle (41), C McGee for Crowley (44), K O'Leary for Ryan (54), P Atkinson for Colfer (63), S Mulligan for Carr (63)

Referee: K O'Brien (Tipperary).

Irish Independent

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