Murphy magic kills off Derry
Carlow 2-20 Derry 0-12
CARLOW recorded their third straight win of the campaign when recording a comfortable 14-point victory over Derry at Dr Cullen Park, ahead of a showdown with fellow table-toppers Kerry in Tralee next weekend.
John Meyler's men were always in control of this game from the time that centre-forward Mark Brennan gave them the lead with an early point out of play.
In the seventh minute Brennan struck for the game's first goal and by the 20th minute Carlow held a 1-8 to 0-2 lead.
Derry depended greatly on their talented centre-forward Ruairi Convery for scores in the opening half. He shot five first-half points, three from frees, with wing half-forward Brendan Rogers notching the other white flag for the visitors.
Carlow held a comfortable 1-11 to 0-6 lead at half-time and the Oak Leaf County were in serious trouble 12 minutes into the second half when Sean Murphy lashed home a cracking goal to make it 2-13 to 0-6.
Derry, who had beaten Westmeath and London while losing to Kerry prior to yesterday's game, battled to the end, but they never had Carlow worried and were well beaten.
Scorers – Carlow: S Murphy 1-5, M Brennan 1-2, P Kehoe 0-3 (2fs), C Wall, D English (1f) 0-2 each, M Doyle, A Gaule, J Kane, M Kavanagh ('65'), James Doyle, John Doyle 0-1 each. Derry: R Convery 0-5 (3fs), S Farren 0-4 (3fs), B Rogers, P Cleary, A Kelly 0-1 each.
Carlow – B Treacy 7; C McCabe 7, A Corcoran 7, P Doyle 6; P Nolan 6, D English 7, M Doyle 6; P Kehoe 6, C Wall 7; S Murphy 9, M Brennan 8, S Kavanagh 5; A Gaule 6, J Kane 5, M Kavanagh 5. Subs: James Doyle 6 for Kane (41), D Roberts 6 for Kavanagh (49), D Dalton for Gaule (53), John Doyle for Murphy (55), K English for Brennan (60).
Derry – B Robinson 7; M Warnock 7, S McCullagh 7, E McGuckian 6; R McCloskey 5, L Hinphey 7, K Hinphey 5; O McCloskey 6, M O'Hagan 5; B Rogers 6, S McCloskey 6, T McCloskey 5; S Farren 6, R Convery 7, J O'Dwyer 6. Subs: P Cleary 6 for K Hinphey (h-t), C McQuillan 5 for R McCloskey (h-t), A Kelly 6 for T McCloskey (h-t), D O'Neill for O'Hagan (60), N Farren for Rogers (64).
Ref – J Heffernan (Wexford