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Class act Galligan downs misfiring Carlow

ATHLONE IT led from start to finish of this scrappy O'Byrne Cup tie at Dr Cullen Park yesterday and were in no way flattered by a four-point victory over Luke Dempsey's poor Carlow side.

An attendance of about 200 saw the college visitors race into an 0-6 to nil lead after 22 minutes with scores from Ray Galligan, Frank Burke, David Egan, David Reilly and John Reynolds.

Carlow took an embarrassing 27 minutes to register a score and trailed 0-6 to 0-3 at the break.

They did fight back to within two points but Athlone sealed the victory with a splendid brace of points in the dying minutes.

Scorers -- IT Athlone: R Galligan 0-5 (2f), D Reilly, P Bannon (1f) 0-2 each, F Burke, D Egan, J Reynolds 0-1 each.

Carlow: J Kavanagh 0-4 (3f), S Rea 0-2 (2f), J J Smith, E O'Toole 0-1 each.

IT Athlone -- G Connaughton (Westmeath); F O'Reilly (Westmeath), D Masterson (Longford), D Reilly (Galway); S Higgins (Roscommon), K Smyth (Longford), J Reynolds (Westmeath); G Dennigan (Longford), B Connors (Offaly); P Bannon (Longford), J Reynolds (Offaly), D Egan; (Offaly), R Galligan Cavan), C Blake (Galway), F Burke (Galway). Subs: N Judge (Sligo) for Burke (28); D Cash (Kildare) for Connors (h/t); D Reynolds (Westmeath) for Egan (45); C Duncan (Westmeath) for O'Reilly (53); A Rowan (Longford) for Galligan (68).

Carlow -- J Clarke; S Daly, L Murphy, P Murphy; A Curran, J Hayden, T Bolger; J Murphy, W Minchin; S Gannon, W Donohue, D Dowling; S Rea, J J Smith, J Kavanagh. Subs: K Doyle for Dowling (24); E O'Toole for Donohue (47); M Carpenter for Kavanagh (53); S Myers for Daly (60); J Doyle for Minchin (65).

Ref -- D. Maher (Westmeath).

Irish Independent