Murphy's law rules in Carlow victory
Brian Murphy and JJ Smith fired second-half goals as Carlow made hard work of beating London at Ruislip.
Murphy pounced three minutes after the restart to reflect the Barrowsiders' dominance. Then, after John Murphy had missed a penalty, Smith's late effort ensured a victory that should have been much more substantial.
Carlow were by far the better side, but a poor conversion rate kept London in it. The Exiles twice moved in front early on through Mark Gottsche and Lloyd Colfer, but a high error count didn't help as Carlow led by 0-4 to 0-2 at half-time. They soon put the game beyond London as Ed Finnegan found Murphy for an easy finish.
Man of the Match: Brian Murphy (Car')
Scorers -- Carlow: Brian Murphy 1-2 (1f), JJ Smith 1-0, P Reid 0-2, D Hayden (f), D St Ledger (f) 0-1 each.
London: M Gottsche, L Colfer, T Gaughan, E O'Neill (f) 0-1 each.
Carlow -- T O'Reilly 7; BJ Molloy 7, P McElligott 6, P Murphy 6; B Kavanagh 6, S Redmond 7, T Bolger 7; Brendan Murphy 8, J Murphy 6; Brian Murphy 8, C Murphy 7, E Finnegan 6; JJ Smith 6, S Gannon 6, D Hayden 5. Subs: D St Ledger 6 for Hayden (23), P Reid 7 for C Murphy (h-t), E Ruth 6 for Brian Murphy (49), C Walshe 6 for Finnegan (65), C Mullins 6 for Smith (67).
London -- D Traynor 6; S Bradshaw 5, S Browne 5, D McGreevy 6; S Hannon 5, S Mulligan 7, J Scanlon 6; M Gottsche 7, A Raftery 6; C McCallion 5, S Doolan 5, S McVeigh 6; L Colfer 5, M Mullins 7, L Mulvey 5. Subs: T Gaughan 7 for Bradshaw (h-t), E O'Neill 6 for Colfer (h-t), C Hands 5 for Browne (51), E Mageean 6 for McCallion (61), S Kelly 6 for Doolan (63).
Ref -- R Moloney (Limerick)