Murphy on song to sink 12-man Derry
Carlow 2-25 Derry 0-9
There were four red cards shown at Netwatch Cullen park yesterday as Carlow bounced back from their heavy home defeat by London when inflicting a 22-point defeat on Derry.
The visitors ended with 12 players and the hosts with 14.
From the outset, Pat English's side showed their intent to wipe out the memory of the 17-point loss to the Exiles.
Although Derry's Jonathan O'Dwyer opened the scoring within 10 seconds, Carlow were quickly into their stride. Denis Murphy soon had the Barrowsiders level before man of the match Marty Kavanagh pointed the home side in front.
A 17th-minute goal from Murphy put Carlow in charge as they went on to lead 1-13 to 0-5 by half-time, Derry went down to 14 men on the half hour, when Paddy Kelly fell victim to a second yellow card.
In the second half, Murphy continued to punish Derry. A midfield melee on 44 minutes resulted in straight red cards for Carlow's Conor Lawlor and Derry's Darragh McCloskey, while referee Peter Burke issued a straight red on the hour to Derry wing-back Conor McSorley for a loose pull on Kavanagh. Jack Kavanagh got the second Carlow goal.
Scorers - Carlow: D Murphy 1-12 (0-9fs), M Kavanagh 0-5, J Kavanagh 1-1, James Doyle 0-2, J O'Hara, Seamus Murphy, S Whelan, R Kelly, Seán Murphy 0-1 each. Derry: O McCloskey, J O'Dwyer 0-3 each, R Convery 0-2 (2fs), G O'Kane 0-1 (1f).
Carlow - J Barron 7; G Coady 7, M Ryan 7, M Malone 7; D Byrne 6, D English 7, J O'Hara 6; J Doyle 8, J Kavanagh 7; K McDonald 5, M Kavanagh 9, C Lawlor 6; D Murphy 8, S Murphy 8, S Whelan 8. Subs: Seán Murphy 6 for Whelan (47); James Doyle for McDonald (56), R Nolan for Byrne (59), R Kelly for M Kavanagh (60).
Derry - D McDermott 6; D McCloskey 6, S McCullagh 5, E McGuckin 5; C McSorley 6, P Kelly 6, M McGrath 6; O McCloskey 6, T McCloskey 5; J O'Dwyer 7; M McGuigan 5, G O'Kane 5; B Laverty 6, R Convery 6, P Cleary 6. Subs: A Rafferty 6 for McGuckin (49), J McCullagh 5 for McGrath (49), D O'Neill for Laverty (54), B Quigley for T McCloskey (54).
Ref - P Burke (Kilkenny).