Carlow CBS survive Éanna goal-salvo
Last year's All-Ireland SFC 'B' champions Carlow CBS got their quest for 'A' championship success off on the right note with victory over old rivals in Netwatch Dr Cullen Park.
Last season, this pair met in the Leinster SFC 'B' final and Carlow recorded a convincing victory. On this occasion, however, the Dublin school provided a far more difficult test.
Early points from Shane O'Neill, Colm Hulton and Trevor Collins put Carlow in the driving seat, but they were pegged back when a goalkeeping error gave Luke O'Donoghue a easy tap-in, while Hulton had to settle for a point from a penalty when Éanna goalkeeper Josh Kane superbly tipped his effort over the bar.
The home side led by 0-9 to 1-2 at the interval and having recovered the concession of an early second-half goal, Carlow conceded another with ten minutes to go.
However, the introduction of sub Gavin Healy proved crucial as his three points from play helped ease Carlow through.
scorers - Carlow CBS: C Hulton 0-5 (1 pen, 2fs), S O'Neill 0-4 (3fs), G Healy 0-3, T Collins 0-2, J Brennan, A Deering ('45'), J Morrissey 0-1 each. Coláiste Éanna: C Leigh, J Holland 1-1 each; L O'Donoghue 1-0; R McGarry, C Lynch, S Kennedy 0-1 each.
carlow cbs - C Heneghan; D Salter, T Collins, C Myers; C Ryan, J Brennan, P Mulready; J Morrissey, S O'Neill; T Brennan, R Dunphy, C Larkin; B Byrne, A Deering, C. Hulton. Subs: G Healy for T Brennan 32, J Murphy for Larkin 47.
coláiste éANNA - J Kane; C Ryan, L Corcoran, O Carolan; F. Keogh, J Holland, K Kennedy; H Keller, S McDonnell; C Lynch, R. Donoghue L. O'Donoghue; R McGarry, C Leigh, A Mellett. Subs: S Kennedy for Keller (BC, 19), R Bradshaw for Carolan (h-t), D Leach for R Donoghue 40), C Canty for Lynch 50).
REF - B Hickey (Kildare)
carlow cbs 0-17
colaiste Éanna 3-5
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