Thursday 8 December 2016

Dead-eye Foley leads Carlow comeback

Carlow 0-17 Wicklow 0-14

Published 07/03/2016 | 02:30

'John McGrath was clinical from frees and Wicklow led 10 points to seven at the break' Stock photo: Sportsfile
'John McGrath was clinical from frees and Wicklow led 10 points to seven at the break' Stock photo: Sportsfile

Darragh Foley scored six second-half points as Carlow turned a three-point half-time deficit into a three-point victory at Aughrim.

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Wicklow led by four points to one inside ten minutes and could have had a goal when Marc Lennon's shot rippled the side netting. They cut through the Carlow defence a couple of times in the first half but will rue their inability to convert their chances.

The Wicklow defence was also very mean in stopping the Carlow attack, regularly getting a hand in to regain possession.

John McGrath was clinical from frees and Wicklow led 10 points to seven at the break. Their cause was helped by Carlow's Brendan Murphy receiving a black card for pulling down Mark Kenny.

However, it was Carlow who bossed the second half and they scored seven points in a 25-minute period to a solitary Wicklow response. John Murphy pitched in with two of those crucial points from centre-forward as Wicklow never gained any momentum in the half.

Carlow secured their second win of the League, and coming out on top in such a tight game will boost their confidence.

For Wicklow it's a second successive defeat having won their opening two.

Scorers - Carlow: D Foley 0-10 (5fs), J Murphy 0-2, G Kelly, G Power, D St Ledger, Brendan Murphy, Brian Murphy 0-1 each. Wicklow: J McGrath 0-8 (6fs), M Kenny 0-3, D Hayden, C Murphy, P Cunningham 0-1 each.

Carlow - R Molloy 7; BJ Molloy 6, D St Ledger 7, K Nolan 6; G Kelly 7, D Hayden 6, B Kavanagh 6; Brendan Murphy 6, S Gannon 7; A Kelly 7, J Murphy 7, E Finnegan 6; Brian Murphy 7, D Foley 8, C Blake 7. Subs: H Gahan 7 for B Murphy (33, BC), G Power 7 for D Hayden (40), D Murphy 7 for B Kavanagh (62), JJ Smith 7 for J Murphy (69), D O'Brien 7 for C Blake (72).

Wicklow - M Carey 7; A Murphy 7, R O'Brien 7, E Murtagh 6; J Crowe 6, S Kelly 7, C Murphy 7; D Healy 6, A McLoughlin 6; D Hayden 7, J McGrath 7, M Kenny 7; P O'Connor 7, P Cunningham 7, M Lennon 6. Subs: N Gaffney 6 for A McLoughlin (47), K Murphy 6 for C Murphy (53), E Doyle 6 for M Lennon (56), M O'Connor 6 for P O'Connor (61), P McLoughlin 6 for E Murtagh (69).

Ref - B Tiernan (Dublin)

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