Shine stars as Athlone turn tables on Carlow
AthLone IT 1-15 Carlow 0-13
A string of seven unanswered points at the start of the second half set Athlone IT on the road to a deserved victory over a disappointing Carlow side in this O'Byrne Cup tie, played in particularly difficult conditions at the Carlow IT grounds.
Carlow made a good start and were 0-4 to 0-1 in front before conceding a levelling goal in the 14th minute from Dublin's Adam Caul.
The home side, with Seamus Kinsella prominent in attack, went on to lead 0-10 to 1-5 at half-time in the driving rain.
But with Roscommon's Cathal Shine outstanding at midfield, the students were dominant for the opening 20 minutes of the second half and they turned a two-point deficit into a five-point lead.
Shine was dominant from play and clinical from placed balls, while right half-back Tom Mooney, full-forward Alan Coffey and centre-forward Kieran Martin (who scored 0-3 from play) all raised white flags as the college boys gradually took control.
Carlow depended greatly on star player Brendan Murphy but after a promising first half, they faded badly.
The game was in the 22nd minute of the second period before home county right full-forward Paul Broderick recorded their first score of the half, from a free.
Hopes were raised when Anthony Rainbow's men cut the deficit with a goal (l-13 to 0-13) with 10 minutes left, but the visitors finished strongly with points from Coffey and Kieran Martin.
Scorers -- Athlone IT: C Shine 0-8 (7fs), A Caul 1-1, K Martin 0-3, A Coffey 0-2, T Mooney 0-1. Carlow: P Broderick 0-5 (3fs), S Kinsella 0-4 (3fs), J Lowry 0-2, B Murphy, D St Ledger (f) 0-1 each.
AthLone IT -- G Connaughton; E Kearns, J Cassidy, J Donoghue; L Murphy, C O'Brien, T Mooney; C Duggan, C Shine; A Caul, K Martin, S Quinn; C Fitzgerald, J Dolan, A Coffey. Subs: J Mulligan for Fitzgerald (52), P McGahern for O'Brien (57), A Stone for Caul (61), D O'Reilly for Quinn (68). Carlow -- A O'Brien; B J Molloy, M Curry, J O'Donoghue; B Kavanagh, D Kinsella, J Lowry; H Gahan, D Bambrick; S Doyle, B Murphy, J Kane; P Broderick, D Foley, S Kinsella. Subs: G Power for O'Donoghue (inj 39), D St Ledger for Bambrick (45), K Nolan for D Kinsella (47).
REF -- B Cawley (Kildare)