Murphy goal seals thriller
CARLOW rescued victory from the jaws of defeat when a late Brendan Murphy goal three minutes from the end of extra-time handed them a dramatic win in Tullamore on Saturday.
Murphy's late strike was the decisive score in a game that saw both sides reduced to 14, when Offaly's Colin Egan and Carlow's Daniel St Ledger were red-carded.
Carlow made a flying start with a first-minute goal from Eddie Byrne and were 1-7 to 0-6 up at half-time.
Offaly were the better team in the second half and Michael Brazil's goal helped them force extra-time. The home side looked like taking the spoils the added period and led by three points early on, but it was Carlow who marched on.
SCORERS -- Carlow: E Byrne 1-2, D Murphy 0-5 (0-2f), D St Ledger 0-4 (0-1f), B Murphy 1-1, J Lowry and C Walsh 0-1 each; Offaly: M Brazil 1-2, B Allen 0-5 (2f), N Dunne 0-4 (0-1f), A Sullivan 0-2, L Hiney and N Graham 0-1 each.
CARLOW -- P Hughes; BJ Molloy, S Redmond, J O'Donoghue; A Corcoran, P McElligott, K Nolan; B Murphy, E Ruth; D Bambrick, D Foley, M Ware; D
Murphy, D St Ledger, E Byrne. Subs: C Coughlan for Ruth (10), A Callinane for Nolan (26), M Clory for Coughlan (53), J Lowry for Ware (66m), D Kinsella for Bambick(70), C Walsh for St Ledger (70).
OFFALY -- I Duffy; D Ryan, B Geraghty, S Pender; B Lonergan, L Hiney, J Maloney; B Connor, C Egan; M Brazil, N Dunne, J Devery; B Allen, B Kelly, A Sullivan. Subs: G Guilfoyle for Devery (18), N Graham for Kelly (60), M Cocoman for Egan (70), S Guing for Brazil (75).
REF - P Kneel (Louth).