Sub Smithers hits brace for Carlow
Carlow 2-17 Westmeath 1-16
HALF-TIME substitutes Ross Smithers and Mark Brennan made a huge impact at Dr Cullen Park yesterday, scoring a combined 2-4 from play, as Carlow maintained their 100pc league record.
After a tight first half, which saw Carlow's Marty Kavanagh sent off for a second yellow card, the sides were tied at 0-7 each. But in the opening minutes of the second half, Carlow struck vital scores, including a Ross Smithers' goal.
After 53 minutes, the Barrowsiders held a commanding 1-15 to 0-9 lead. But Westmeath rallied strongly and a goal from Brendan Murtagh in the final minutes gave Carlow a scare. But they survived to secure top spot.
Man of the Match: J Kavanagh (Carlow)
SCORERS -- Carlow: R Smithers 2-2, S Kavanagh (3f), M Kavanagh (3f), C Doyle 0-3 each, P Kehoe (2f), M Brennan 0-2 each, J Kavanagh, E Byrne 0-1 each. Westmeath: B Murtagh 1-10 (1-9f, 1 '65'), J Shaw 0-2, P Greville, A Clarke, D Carty, E Price 0-1 each.
CARLOW -- F Foley (7); A Corcoran (7), E Nolan (8), D Shaw (8); J Corcoran (7), S Kavanagh (8), R Coady (7); J Kavanagh (9), E Byrne (7); A Gaule (6), J Kane (6), P Kehoe (6); M Kavanagh (6), C Doyle (7), D Roberts (6). Subs: R Smithers (8) for Gaule (h-t); M Brennan (8) for Roberts (h-t); M Clancy )6) for Kane (45); E Coady for Clowry (65); G Kelly for S Kavanagh (68).
WESTMEATH -- S McGovern (7); P Fennell (7), D McCormack (7), C Jordan (7); J Gilligan (7), E Price (7), P Gilsenan (8); P Dowdall (7), J Clarke (7); F Boyle (6), B Murtagh (8), P Greville (6); A Dermody (6), A Clarke (6), D Carty (6). Subs: J Shaw (7) for Gilligan (25); A McGrath (6) for Boyle (45); D Fennell for Dermody (60) A Aughey for Greville (70).
REF -- S Whelan (Wexford).