Saturday 17 March 2018

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Carlow 2-11 Wexford 0-9

TWO goals in two minutes in the first half proved decisive as Carlow emerged victorious at Dr Cullen Park last night.

Carlow started impressively, leading 0-3 to 0-1 inside five minutes, with two frees from Niall Quinlan and a Chris Blake point as Donal Shanley hit a free for the visitors.

Wexford then hit a purple patch which brought them six unanswered points in a 15-minute spell. Shanley, Kevin O'Connor and Edward O'Byrne were on target to as they led 0-7 to 0-3 on 20 minutes.

When it looked as if Wexford were about to takeover, it was Carlow who responded with two goals in a two-minute spell. The first came from Shane Webb on 21 minutes. Ronan O'Brien found the net from close in two minutes later, as they went on to lead 2-6 to 0-7 at the break.

Carlow extended the lead to 2-9 to 0-7 through Quinlan and Fiach O'Toole, and they controlled matters from there.

Scorers -- Carlow: N Quinlan 0-8 (5f, 1 '45'), S Webb, R O'Brien 1-0 each, F O'Toole, J Dwyer, C Blake 0-1 each. Wexford: D Shanley 0-4 (4f), P Conway, K O'Connor 0-2 each, E O'Byrne 0-1.

Carlow -- A Murphy; K Chattan, D Hickey, G Power; F O'Toole, N Swan, C Murphy; J Dwyer, R O'Brien; S Webb, M Fury, S McGrath; N Quinlan, A Beaton, C Blake. Subs: T Kenny for Fury, D Walsh for Webb, C Fenlon for Beaton.

Wexford -- M O'Toole; T McDonald, P Cody, S Donohoe; G Staples, J Tubritt, S Byrne; P Barden, E O'Byrne; A Butler, D Shanley, D Doyle; P Conway, K O'Connor, P Breen. Subs: C Devereux for Donohoe, N Rossiter for E O'Byrne, C Cleary for McDonald, P Shannon for Staples.

Ref -- B Cawley (Kildare).

Irish Independent

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