Tubridy's huge tally helps Clare overcome Carlow
Fourteen-man Clare had just a point to spare over 13-man Carlow at Cusack Park in Ennis yesterday.
Clare's hero on the day, centre-for-ward David Tubridy, notched up all but two of Clare's scores. He got the game's only goal in the sixth minute to set up a 1-8 to 0-7 lead at the break.
Carlow's dismissals in the second period upset the visitors' rhythm, but they showed tenacity to draw level on two occasions before an injury-time point from Michael O'Shea clinched the points at the death for Clare.
Scorers -- Clare: D Tubridy 1-11 (4f), B Toner, M O'Shea 0-1 each Carlow: J Kavanagh 0-4 (4f), E O'Toole (3f), A Curran 0-3 each, W Minchin, M Carpenter 0-2 each, JJ Smith 0-1(f).
Clare -- J Hayes; D Ryan, S McNeilis, L Healy; C Dunning, Gordon Kelly, M Tubridy; G Quinlan, D Russell; Graham Kelly, D Tubridy, M O'Shea; G Brennan, P Reidy, A Clohessy. Subs: B Carrig for Dunning (ht), B Toner for Reidy (39), D Molohan for Russell (63), S Kinnevan for Clohessy (67).
Carlow -- J Clarke; K Nolan, S Redmond, T Bolger; P Cashin, J Hayden, A Curran; B Murphy, J Murphy; J Doyle, S Gannon, W Minchin; JJ Smith, M Carpenter, J Kavanagh. Subs: P Murphy for Nolan, E O'Toole for Doyle (both ht), K Doyle for Cashin (53), B Kavanagh for Redmond (62), D Dowling for J Kavanagh (57)
Ref -- B Tyrrell (Tipperary)
Leitrim showed no mercy to London on their visit to Carrick-on-Shannon when walloping them in dull affair in which both teams ended with 14 players, following two second half dismissals.
At the break Leitrim led by 0-15 to 0-4 thanks to some accurate first-half free taking from Michael Foley. London spurned a chance to get back into contention just after the break when Kevin McMenamin blazed an excellent chance off the crossbar. After that Leitrim outscored London by just four points.
Scorers -- Laois: M Foley 0-7(0-4f), J Glancy (Glencar Mnr) 0-6, P Howard, P McGuinness, T Beirne 0-2 each, S Canning, J Glancy (St Mary's), W McKeon, D. Gilhooley, D O'Connor 0-1 each. London: K. McMenamin 0-4 (0-2f), J Niblock, D Hayden, E O'Neill, K Phair, B Smyth, N Egan 0-1 each.
Leitrim -- E Lyons; D Beck, J McKeon, D Reynolds; J Glancy (St. Mary's), G Reynolds, W McKeon; T Beirne, S Canning; P McGuinness, D O'Connor, M Foley; P Howard, J Glancy (Glencar/Mnr), D Gilhooley. Subs: B. Prior for Gilhooley (54), R. Mulvey for Howard (60), C. Clarke for Canning (61), C. Maguire for Foley (68).
London -- E Byrne; D Conlon, C Beirne, D Egan; R Ormbsy, J Niblock, K O'Leary; D Hagan, E McGee; C Conneely, D Hayden, C McCallion; E O'Neill, B Smyth, K McMenamin. Subs: J Cott for Ormbsy (26), P Whelan for Conneely (44), K Phair for McCallion (44), N Egan for Whelan (64), P Morgan for D Egan (67).
Ref -- D Corcoran (Mayo).
Wicklow and Limerick kept their promotion hopes alive when they played out a draw in a vital game for both counties at Aughrim yesterday.
Limerick established a 1-7 to 0-4 lead after 25 minutes, but Wicklow finished the half well to cut the deficit to two, 1-7 to 0-8, at the break.
Wicklow fought hard and drew level with the visitors three times in the second half but never managed to get ahead. Scores from Tony Hannon and Seanie Furlong helped them stay in contention before the final leveller came from midfielder Paul Cunn-ingham four minutes from the end.
Scorers -- Wicklow: T Hannon 0-4 (0-2f, 0-1'45), S Furlong 0-4 (0- 3f), P Cunningham 0-3, J Stafford, P Earls, L Glynn 0-1 each. Limerick: G Collins 1-7 (6f), C Joyce-Power 0-2, D Carroll, G Noonan 0-1 each.
Wicklow -- M Travers; C Hyland, S Kelly, A Byrne; P McWalter, B McGrath, D Hayden; J Stafford, JP Dalton; P Cunningham, T Hannon, L Glynn; P Dalton, S Furlong, P Earls. Subs: N. Gaffney for P Dalton.
Limerick -- C Ranahan; M O'Riordan, C Mullane, P Ranahan; D Carroll, S Gallagher, A Lane; J O'Donovan, R Hayes; P Browne, C Joyce Power S Buckley; G Collins, J Ryan, G Noonan. Subs: J Cooke for S Buckley, O Joy for R Hayes, S Buckley for G. Noonan, B Fitzpatrick for D Carroll.
Ref -- E Kinsella (Laois)
Longford easily thrashed Kil-kenny at Nowlan Park yesterday.
Francis McGee was the hero of the hour, helping himself to 2-10. By the break the difference was 2-9 to 0-2 and it was game over.
The home team pulled back a goal through Stephen Duggan on 53 minutes, but Longford hit six scores in reply to bag the points.
Scorers -- Longford: F McGee 2-10 (1-0pen, 0-4f), B Kavanagh
0-4, R McGolderick 0-2, D Brady, D Morgan, G Dennigan 0-1 each. Kilkenny: P Duggan 1-0, P Rafcie (f), M. Saunders 0-1 each.
Longford -- D Sheridan; D Brady, D Masterson, P Faye; S Mulligan, E Williams, N Farrell; K Smyth, A O'Connor; D Morgan, F McGee, G Dennigan; D Reidlly, B McElvaney, B Kavanagh. Subs: S Cox for Faye; B Gilleran for K Smyth; R McGolderick for Reilly.
Kilkenny -- JJ O'Sullivan; M Cody, R O'Hara, T Kehoe; J Shee-han, S Kenny, M Malone; M Farrell, S Mahony; D Grennan, P Gra-ce, M Saunders; P Raftice, J Culleton, E Vereker. Subs: J Brenn-an for M Grace, R Cody for J Sheehan, S Duggan for D Grennan.
Ref -- B. O'Shea (Dublin).