Carlow see off jaded Tralee
IT Carlow 0-10 IT Tralee 0-7
IT Tralee are still searching for their first Sigerson Cup win since 2008 after running out of steam against IT Carlow, who secured victory by scoring three unanswered points in competitive second-round clash.
While Tralee will point to the fact that they were forced to line out without several regulars, including players from Austin Stacks, Ardfert and Brosna, Carlow were without midfielder Brendan Murphy, who fractured a bone in a foot last Sunday.
Tralee led for the most of the first half as Carlow played with 13 players behind the ball, but the home team failed to get enough good possession near their opponents' goal as Conor Keane and Gavin O'Shea were well shackled by Anthony Forde, Conor Lawlor and Declan Smyth.
Tralee were totally reliant on Jack Savage for scores and he accounted for all seven of their points.
Midway through the second half, Tralee led 0-7 to 0-6, but they failed to score in the final quarter. Having drawn level, Carlow scored three points in the last five minutes to secure victory.
Scorers - Carlow: W Boland 0-4 (1f), B McHugh 0-4 (3fs), E Lynch, T Shiels 0-1 each. Tralee: J Savage 0-7 (4fs).
Carlow - S Murphy; T O Connell, C Lawlor, D Smyth; E Lynch, T Featherson, E Walsh; A Dever, M Sherry; K Ryan, A Forde, W Young; W Boland, T Shiels, B McHugh. Subs: K Mulvany for Dever (50), M Russell for T Shiels (58).
Tralee - S Kenny; M Egan, J Lyne, S Flynn; G Crowley, C Horan, C Cromwell; G Bastible, P McMahon; P Nash, J Savage, A Duggan; G O'Shea, C Keane, P O'Shea. Subs: D Wallace for P O Shea (BC 13), K Mulvihill for Duggan (47), L O'Sullivan for McMahon (47), P Quille for Bastible (54).
Ref - M Collins (Cork)