Gavaghan key for Exiles
London 2-15 Carlow 0-16
A blistering first-half, during which they stormed into a 2-11 to 0-7 interval lead, provided the foundation for 13-man London to overcome Carlow and chalk up a merited win at Netwatch Cullen Park yesterday.
Carlow were completely outplayed in the opening half as the Exiles full-forward line of Rory Mason, Man of the Match Liam Gavaghan and John Daly dominated the home full-back line.
Carlow rallied in the second-half, but lacked the forward thrust to break through. London lost Anthony McDermott and Conor O'Neill to second yellows, while Carlow's Paul Broderick was red-carded in the final minutes.
Scorers - London: R Mason 0-7 (4f), L Gavaghan 0-6 (3f), J Daly 1-1, K Hughes 1-0, M Jordan 0-1. Carlow: P Broderick 0-7 (6f), D Foley 0-6 (5f), A Kelly, S O'Neill, B Murphy (f) 0-1 each.
London - C Hallissey 8; P Bulter 7, C Carty 8, C O'Neill 7; C Coyne 7, R Jones 7, J Branagan 7; A McDermott 8, J Gartlan 8; E Murray 7, M Gottsche 8, K Hughes 8; R Mason 9, L Gavaghan 9, J Daly 8. Subs: C Dunne 6 for Carthy (BC 37); M Jordan 7 for Coyne (45); M Carroll 7 for Gartlan (53); K Butler for Mason (BC 63); A Moyles for Hughes (69).
Carlow - C Kearney 5; C Crowley 6, C Lawlor 5, K Nolan 6; S Murphy 6, S Redmond 6, G Kelly 5; B Murphy 7, E Ruth 5; A Kelly 6, D Foley 6, J Murphy 5; D O'Brien 5, P Broderick 6, D St Ledger 5. Subs: C Moran 5 for J Murphy (29) D Moran 5 for Lawlor (29); S O'Neill 6 for Ruth (h/t); G Power 5 for Kelly (48); S Clarke for A Kelly (69).
Ref: S Hehir (Galway)