THE Carlow full-forward line hit 5-7 from play as Luke Dempsey's men destroyed Kilkenny at Dr Cullen Park yesterday.
Full-forward Thomas Walsh scored 2-3, all his scores coming late on, while either side of him Cormac Mullins (2-2) and Ciaran Pender (1-2) were also on fire.
The opening half was competitive enough with Kilkenny confining the home county to 1-6, while recording 0-4 themselves. Kilkenny's tally all came from left full-forward Graham Lawlor.
Although Lawlor pointed a Kilkenny free for the first score of the second half, Carlow went on to dominate, with Pender's goal on 45 minutes putting his side 2-7 to 0-6 ahead.
Walsh did not register his first score -- a point -- until the 58th minute, but went on to add a further 2-2 before the end.
Kilkenny, by the end, were a well-beaten side and now revert to the O'Byrne Shield.
Dempsey will not read too much into this anticipated win. They will face far stronger opposition next time out when they engage either Leinster champions Meath or UCD, whose fixture yesterday fell victim to the weather.
Scorers -- Carlow: T Walsh 2-3, C Mullins 2-2, C Pender 1-2, D Foley 0-3(0-3f), P Cashin, S Gannon, G Nolan 0-1 each. Kilkenny: G Lawlor 0-8 (0-6f).
Carlow -- T Reilly; K Nolan, T Bolger, B Kavanagh; P McElligott, J P Moore, E Nolan; M Clancy, D Foley; E Finnegan, S Gannon, D Bambrick; C Mullins, T Walsh, C Pender. Subs: A Kelly for Bambrick (h-t), P Cashin for Moore (h-t), S Mernagh for Clowry (54), G Nolan for Gannon (54), B J Molloy for Kavanagh (55), J Foley for E Nolan (58).
Kilkenny -- D Garvey; T Kehoe, S Kenny, D Grennan; J Cullinane, C Foran, P Ratfice; E Vereker, S Mooney; S Duggan, J J Dunphy, M Saunders; D Prendergast, J Culleton, G Lawlor. Subs: P Donnelly for Dunphy (h-t), T Maher for Cullinane (h-t), J Mackey for Duggan (52), G Purcell for Saunders (53), J Sheehan for Foran (60).
Ref -- B Hickey (Kildare).