Quinlan sends NUIG on way
NUI Galway 1-17
A well-crafted goal just on half-time from NUI Galway's Shane Quinlan set the western college on the way to a nine-point win over Carlow yesterday.
Quinlan's goal put NUIG into a 1-7 to 1-4 lead and they added a further point before half time. In the second half, the superior pace, team-work and finish of the Galway side saw them take control of the game.
NUIG, fielding three of Clare's U-21 All-Ireland-winning team of 2009 and a total of nine Banner County players, simply cruised to victory in the second half.
Finian Coone scored 0-10 for the winners, all from placed balls, before being dismissed in the final minutes for a second yellow card.
This was Carlow's entry to the big time after successive Christy Ring Cup victories but they were without a number of established players.
Scorers -- NUI Galway: F Coone 0-10 (9fs, '65) J Conlon 0-5 (3fs), S Quinlan 1-0, K Heagney, J O'Gorman 0-1 each. Carlow: D English 0-5 (4fs), R Dunbar 1-0 (pen) P Keogh 0-2 (2fs), D Roberts 0-1.
NUI Galway -- D Tuohy; D Nash, P Nihill, N Casey; D O'Donovan, S Hennessy, P Kelly; B Daly, F Coone; J Conlon, K Keehan, K Heagney; S Quinlan, D Barrett, J O'Gorman. Subs: N Keane for Kelly (48), G Kelly for Barrett (49), D Reidy for Heagney (56), E Madigan for O'Gorman (64), D O'Sullivan for Keehan (68).
Carlow -- D Miley; A Gaule, E Nolan, H P O'Byrne; E Coady, J Rogers, R Coady; J Hickey, B Doyle; D English, C Hughes, A Brennan; R Dunbar, M Brennan, P Keogh. Subs: E Byrne for Hickey (h/t), D Roberts for Keogh (48), B Lawlor for Doyle (51).
Ref -- S Whelan (Wexford).