Leinster JFC: O'Brien fires Longford into semis
Longford 0-13 Carlow 1-3
Longford booked their semi-final berth in the Leinster Junior Championship following a comfortable victory over Carlow at Pearse Park last night.
The hosts took full advantage of the strong winds in the opening exchanges and hit three points without reply.
Joe O'Brien, who has been one of Longford's prolific hurlers in recent years, proved he is no one-trick pony and he set the wheels in motion when he found range from an acute position.
Nigel Rabbit then raised a white flag while Kevin Gilmore hit a brace of points inside the opening quarter.
Pauric Davis' charges continued to dominate and by the end of the first half his team had a seven-point cushion.
Carlow finally registered their first score of the game 30 seconds into the second period when Colm Hulton hit a long-distance point and they reduced the deficit back to five after Hulton doubled his tally from a placed ball.
However, Longford steadied the ship when second-half substitute Pauric Gill hit the target and further scores from O'Brien and Rabbitt extended their lead to eight points.
The visitors did get a goal through Conor Reynolds but by that stage Longford were already home and hosed, assured of their semi-final against Kildare next Wednesday in Newbridge.
Scorers - Longford: J O'Brien 0-5 (1f); N Rabbitt 0-4 (2f); K Gilmore 0-2; I O'Sullivan and P Gill 0-1 each. Carlow: C Reynolds 1-0; C Hulton 0-3 (2f).
Longford - D Mulvihill; M Cahill, T Gallagher, C Smyth; D Brady, C Farrell, K Gilmore; R Sweeney, P Hanley; I O'Sullivan, F Sheridan, C Lynn; A McGuire, J O'Brien, N Rabbitt. Subs: P Gill for McGuire (h-t), K Diffley for Sheridan (42), S Farrell for M Cahill (45)
Carlow - C Kearney; C Kelly, P Smithers, L Kavanagh; E Kelly, M Furey, C Byrne; I Atlinson, C Hulton; C O'Toole, J Brennan, S Clarke; D Roberts, S Bambrick, C Reynolds. Subs: E McGrath for E Kelly (30), J Kennedy for O'Toole (h-t), R Denieffe for C Byrne (45), L Moore for L Kavanagh (53).
Ref - D Fedigan (Louth).