Broderick masterclass sets up tie with Dublin as Banty is left bereft
Carlow 2-17 Wexford 2-13
This was a tale of two managers in the championship minefield. Turlough O'Brien struck a defiant note about Carlow's recent renaissance and how the pundits have paid lip service to it.
Now, after yesterday's first Leinster SFC scalp since beating Louth in 2011 and the prize of a date with the Dubs on June 3, they cannot be ignored.
But while O'Brien waxed lyrical about Carlow's finest hour in years, Séamus McEnaney was bereft.
"I'm shattered, I'm absolutely gutted," pronounced a crestfallen 'Banty' after watching his stalling Slaneysiders crash and burn in Netwatch Cullen Park yesterday.
The Wexford boss struggled to suppress his anger over a couple of key refereeing calls that contributed to their downfall - notably skipper Daithí Waters' black card midway through the first-half, but more especially Eoghan Nolan's double-yellow dismissal after 46 minutes.
However, a full audit of this initially error-strewn but ultimately captivating contest can reach only one conclusion: Carlow deserved it.
They had the two best players on the pitch, by a country mile, in Brendan Murphy and Paul Broderick. Murphy's 72nd-minute goal sealed a four-point victory just as Wexford were chasing a stoppage-time equaliser, but Broderick's 10-point masterclass was every bit as important.
His perfect day was tarnished by a second yellow, on 63 minutes, leaving both sides with 14 men at the death, but Broderick's metronomic form was no surprise to his manager.
"No one is really doing analysis of Carlow football at all. You get these throwaway remarks," O'Brien complained.
"It was all about Wexford and it was a bit insulting really. When we played Wexford in the league, we were short six or seven of our key players that day and not one person picked up on it.
"I thought we gave Wexford a lesson that day in the league. I don't want to be disrespectful of Wexford, but I thought we were written off too easily."
They were level at the break, 0-8 apiece, but Carlow would have been ahead if Seán Murphy's turbo-charged run had ended with a howitzer goal instead of a shot off the underside of the bar.
However, Danny Moran's 39th-minute goal gave them a two-point lead and a surge of adrenalin. They were four up before Wexford twice capitalised on poor defending under the high ball, PJ Banville hitting the net on the rebound (47 minutes) and Naomhan Rossiter adding a second just three minutes later.
That left the sides level, but Darragh Foley's soaring catch and pass set Murphy up to crown his all-action midfield display.
Afterwards, McEnaney conceded that Carlow "deserved to win", but his displeasure with officialdom was palpable.
"I've enough problems to sort out in my own dressing-room without worrying about the performance of referees, or in fact linesmen who ended up dishing out the second yellow card," he said.
"Like, Eoghan Nolan's second yellow card… we're talking about a physical f***ing game we're supposed to be playing here.
"It was a tackle. Are we going to bring away the tackle? Lads, that's it, don't ask me any more questions about the referee because I don't really want to answer them."
SCORERS - Carlow: P Broderick 0-10 (5f), B Murphy 1-2, D Moran 1-0, D Foley 0-2, A Kelly, S Gannon, G Kelly 0-1 each.
Wexford: B Brosnan, C Lyng 0-5f each, PJ Banville 1-1, N Rossiter 1-0, M Furlong, A Flynn 0-1 each.
CARLOW: C Kearney 6; C Crowley 5, S Redmond 6, C Lawlor 6; D Moran 7, D St Ledger 7, G Kelly 6; B Murphy 9, S Murphy 7; E Ruth 5, D Foley 8, A Kelly 7; P Broderick 9, C Moran 6, J Murphy 5. Subs: S Gannon 7 for Moran (inj 24), BJ Molloy 6 for Crowley (35+4), M Rennick 7 for Moran (53), J Clarke 6 for Ruth (53), K Nolan for J Murphy (63), S Clarke for G Kelly (65).
WEXFORD: C Swaine 6; J Rossiter 5, N Rossiter 7, M Furlong 6; B Malone 6, J Wadding 6, K O'Grady 6; D Waters 6, C Kehoe 6; A Flynn 6, C Lyng 6, E Nolan 6; B Brosnan 5, J Tubritt 6, PJ Banville 7. Subs: N Hughes 6 for Waters (BC 19), J Leacy 6 for Kehoe (inj 27), R Devereux 6 for J Rossiter (52), P Curtis 6 for Tubritt (58), C Carty for Furlong (67), D Shanley for Flynn (68).
REF - F Kelly (Longford)