Broderick on song for Carlow
Carlow 2-11 Limerick 0-14
Carlow were full value for their three-point win at the Gaelic Grounds against a Limerick side who suffered their second defeat in a row.
Carlow made most of the running to secure their second win in as many games.
The opening 10 minutes were close enough, but a goal gave Carlow an advantage they never lost. A free by Darragh Foley bounced awkwardly for the Limerick defence and into the net of the home captain Donal O'Sullivan.
By half-time Carlow led by 1-7 to 0-6. Jamie Lee had Limerick's first point of the second half but the closest they got was to be four points behind, 1-9 to 0-8 after 47 minutes.
Carlow put the game out of Limerick's reach with a second goal.
The two captains faced off in a penalty situation and Limerick's goalkeeper blocked John Murphy's shot, but Paul Broderick was credited with putting the rebound to the net.
That made it 2-9 to 0-8 and whether it was that Carlow relaxed or Limerick improved, the home side scored the last four points.
Broderick top-scored for Carlow with 1-4, with Limerick's Jamie Lee putting over four points before going of injured after 47 minutes.
His replacement Robbie Bourke scored a point - to add to the 14 he scored for UL Bohemian in the All Ireland rugby Division 1B game 24 hours earlier.
SCORERS: Carlow: P Broderick 1-6 (1-5fs), J Murphy 1-0, D St Ledger, S Glennon (f), C Moran, B Murphy, S Murphy. Limerick:J Lee 0-4fs, D Neville 0-2, P Nash, S O'Dea, G Noonan, S O'Carroll, J Ryan, J Liston, R Bourke, D Tracy 0-1 each.
Carlow - R Molloy 6; S Redmond 6, C Lawlor 5, D Moran 5; J Morrissey 6, D St Ledger 7, C Moran 6; B Murphy 7, D Foley 7; E Ruth 6; P Broderick 7, D O'Brien 6, J Murphy 6. Subs: B Kavanagh 5 for D Moran (61), D Walsh 5 for B Murphy (61), C Crowley 5 for O'Brien (70), K Nolan 5 for C Moran (70).
Limerick - D O'Sullivan 6; G Noonan 6, S O'Dea 7, B Fanning 6; D Daly 5,P White 5, J Liston 5;D Tracy 6, C Fahy 5; T McCarthy 5; P Nash 5, D Neville 6, J Lee 7. Subs: P de Brun for Nash (43), S O'Carroll 5 for McCarthy (52), J Ryan for Ward (52), T Griffin 5 for White (61), R Bourke for Lee (61), C McSweeney for Daly (68) .
Ref - J Gilmartin (Sligo)