Carlow were worthy winners over Westmeath in the Walsh Shield at Lakepoint Park, Mullingar, last night.
Two goals from centre half-forward Craig Doyle, the second on the stroke of half-time, helped Carlow to a 2-6 to 0-9 lead at the interval.
The hosts were given a boost three minutes into the second half when Carlow's Jack Kavanagh was given his marching orders on a second yellow card, but with Doyle prominent in attack and Kevin Keogh reliable between the goal posts, Carlow held out for a deserved win.
Scorers -- Carlow: C Doyle 2-4, R Dunbar (3f), D Kavanagh (1f) 0-3 each, P Keogh 0-2 (2f), E Nolan 0-1 Westmeath: D Carty 0-5 (5f), A Mitchell 0-4 (1f, 3 '65'), A Divine 0-2, B Murtagh (1f), D McNicholas, B Lahart, C Flanagan, S Bardon 0-1 each.
Carlow -- K Keogh; A Corcoran, E Coady, E Kane; B Doyle, E Nolan, R Coady; R Dunbar, J Kavanagh; E Byrne, C Doyle, M Brennan; H P O'Byrne, D Kavanagh, A McDonald. Subs: P Keogh for Dunbar (38), A Gaule for McDonald (45), J O'Hara for Corcoran (injured, 49).
Westmeath -- P Burke; R Whelan, C Greville, E Price; D McCormack, A Mitchell, P Gilsenan; S Bardon, C Flanagan; C Curly, B Murtagh, D McNicholas; A Divine, B Lahart, D Carty. Subs: J Shaw for Curly (25), J Park for Gilsenan (h-t), N Flanagan for Carty (45), D Golden for Lahart (48).
Ref -- S Cleere (Kilkenny).