McDonald magic gives Carlow edge
Carlow 0-19 Meath 1-13
Midfielder Kevin McDonald turned in a superb display and accounted for seven points as Carlow made a winning start in the Walsh Cup at Pairc Tailteann yesterday.
Hosts Meath were playing in the competition for the first time in over 20 years and they can be satisfied with their overall display at the higher level.
Despite accounting for 14 wides, Carlow were the sharper side throughout and didn't have to work quite as hard for scores.
They were never headed at any stage but Meath, who started with two players from Dublin and another from Tipperary, remained in contention throughout.
Sharpshooter Jack Regan kept Meath in touch and ended with a personal tally of 1-9, with all nine points coming courtesy of placed balls.
Sean Murphy accounted for three opening-half points as the Carlow men led 0-11 to 0-7 at the break.
They eventually went five points clear early in the second half but the margin was reduced to the minimum after Regan flicked a James Andrews centre to the net.
Last year's Kehoe Cup winners were unable to build on that score though as Carlow responded to finish deserving winners.
Scorers - Carlow: K McDonald 0-7 (5f, 1 '65), Sean Murphy 0-4, Seamus Murphy 0-3, C Wall 0-2, A Gleeson, D O'Neill, L Galway 0-1 each.
Meath: J Regan 1-9 (8f), J Toher, S Morris, J Andrews, C Fitzsimons 0-1 each.
CARLOW - J Barron; D Wall, R Kelly, A Corcoran; C Lawlor, D English, D Byrne; C Wall, K McDonald; A Gleeson, Sean Murphy, Seamus Murphy; S Whelan, D O'Neill, L Galway.
MEATH - D Harmon; C O'Rourke, S Whitty, D Donoghue; K Keoghan, R Sherlock, J Toher; N O'Riordan, S Morris; J Regan, J Keena, S Heavey; J Andrews, T Clarke, S Quigley. Subs: M O'Grady for Quigley (28), L Martyn for Clarke (32), C Fitzsimons for O'Riordan (50), E Harrington for Morris (57), S Clynch for Andrews (58).
REF - A Devine (Westmeath)