Smith makes point
BOTH teams ended the match with 14 players as Carlow and Wicklow played out a thrilling draw at Dr Cullen Park.
Wicklow's John McGrath and Daniel St Leger of Carlow were both shown straight red cards for rash tackles in separate incidents late on, but overall this was a sporting encounter.
Carlow looked to have secured both points when they went four points (2-8 to 0-12) ahead with just 12 minutes remaining. However, the Garden County found a way back through a superb goal from the outstanding Leighton Glynn and Carlow needed a point from JJ Smith just before the finish to earn a share of the spoils.
The second half was a hugely exciting affair, with substitute Cormac Mullins and former Wicklow player Thomas Walsh crashing home fine goals for Carlow.
Scorers -- Carlow: D St Leger 0-4 (3f), C Mullins, T Walsh 1-0 each, JJ Smith 0-2, B Murphy, A Kelly, D Foley, A Curran 0-1 each. Wicklow: L Glynn 1-4, J McGrath(1f), J P Dalton 0-3 each, S Furlong 0-2 (1f), P Dalton 0-1.
Carlow -- T O'Reilly; K Nolan, S Redmond, B Kavanagh; E Nolan, T Bolger, P Cashin; B Murphy, T Walsh; S Gannon, A Kelly, E Finnegan; D St Leger, J J Smith, D Foley. Subs: A Curran for E Nolan (19), C Mullins for Foley (inj, h-t), D Bambrick for Finnegan (64).
Wicklow -- J Flynn; P Higgins, A Nolan, A Byrne; P Earls, S Kelly, D Hayden; R Finn, N Gaffney; J McGrath, P Dalton, J P Dalton; D Odlum, S Furlong, L Glynn. Subs: J Stafford for Gaffney (45), D Siney for Odlum (48).
Ref -- F Kelly (Longford).