McAnerian proves late hero
Castleknock CC 1-7 Carlow CBS 0-9
KEALIN McANERIAN'S last-minute point gave Castleknock Community College the slimmest of victories over Carlow CBS at Dr Cullen Park.
While McAnerian's effort was the clincher, a 39th-minute goal from full-forward Mark Prunty was the game's most vital score, giving the visitors a 1-5 to 0-6 lead.
The goal came at a stage when Carlow CBS had assumed the lead for the only time through a fine 35th-minute point from full-forward Adam Murphy (0-6 to 0-5).
It was all square at the break, but Castleknock were that little bit slicker in attack, adapting better to the heavy conditions and having a greater spread of scorers.
Although Carlow managed to draw level through Evan O'Carroll in the 56th minute, McAnerian had the final say.
Scorers -- Castleknock CC: M Prunty 1-0, K McAnerian, B Galvin 0-2 each, D Fraine, A Hannigan (f), K Stephenson 0-1 each. Carlow CBS: E O'Carroll 0-6 (3fs), S O'Neill, J Brennan, A Murphy (Eire Og) 0-1 each.
Castleknock CC -- A Treadwell; B Kearney, J Mullins, M McCloskey; S O'Malley, S Dunning, C Breslin; C Stephenson, L Campbell; K Stephenson, K McAnerian, D Fraine; B Galvin, M Prunty, A Hannigan. Subs: D Costello for Galvin (54), R Early for Fraine (57), S Linnane for K Stephenson (59).
Carlow CBS -- C Byrne; A Brennan, S O'Neill, C McGrath; T Walsh, M Lawlor, K Galligan; A Murphy (Tinryland), E O'Carroll; S Noonan, J Furey, J Sheehan; B Byrne, A Murphy (Eire Og), J Brennan. Subs: K O'Brien for Lawlor (21), C McGrath for Brennan (24), M Lawlor for Walsh (28), E Fields for McGrath (40), R O'Grady for Sheehan (43), J Brennan for Sheehan (53).
Ref -- A Lagrue (Kildare).