O'Brien full of praise for Exiles
Carlow 2-14 London 2-9
Turlough O'Brien thinks London will have a big say in the Division 4 promotion race this season.
The Exiles will have home advantage for all of their league fixtures after spending 2017 on the road as Ruislip was redeveloped, and they pushed Carlow all the way on Saturday.
"There'll be a lot of twists and turns before the league is over and six more games at Ruislip," said Barrowsiders boss O'Brien.
"London will beat a few teams here. They're a well-organised side, you have to give credit to them."
London looked in trouble when Carlow hit four unanswered points from the throw-in, but captain Liam Gavaghan's well-worked goal got them up and running.
The hosts' possession game frustrated Carlow, but they shot themselves in the foot on 21 minutes when Anthony McDermott coughed up possession in front of his own goal and Eoghan Ruth netted from close range.
Carlow extended their lead to five points, but conceded a second goal as Eoin Murray struck from the penalty spot after Gavaghan was fouled.
The second-half wasn't as free-scoring, but London were undone with 14 minutes remaining as Jordan Morrissey bagged a goal.
Scorers - Carlow: P Broderick 0-6 (5f, 1 s/l), J Morrissey, E Ruth 1-1 each, D Foley 0-2 (2f), S Murphy, C Moran, D St Ledger, G Kelly 0-1 each.
London: L Gavaghan 1-4 (4f), E Murray 1-0 (pen), K Butler, A Moyles (2f) 0-2 each, R Elliott 0-1.
Carlow - R Molloy 7; BJ Molloy 6, D St Ledger 6, J Morrissey 7; D Moran 8, C Lawlor 7, C Moran 6; S Murphy 7, S Gannon 6; E Ruth 7, B Murphy 9, D O'Brien 6; P Broderick 7, D Foley 7, J Murphy 6. Subs: K Nolan 7 for S Murphy (ht), G Kelly 7 for Molloy (ht), B Kavanagh 6 for Lawlor (52), J Clarke 6 for O'Brien (60), L Walker (on too late for rating) for Foley (68).
London - G McEvoy 6; P Butler 7, R Jones 6, P Begley 6; C Dunne 7, S McManus 6, A Moyles 7; A McDermott 6, J Moran 6; E Murray 7, L Gavaghan 7, T Waters 7; R Elliott 6, M Gottsche 7, K Butler 7. Subs: M Mangan 6 for McManus (45), G Byrne 6 for Murray (52), M Carroll 6 for McDermott (60), J Daly 6 for Jones (60).
Ref - J Bermingham (Cork)