Monday 22 January 2018

O'Brien's boys 'flying' as they claim another summer scalp

Carlow 2-14 Leitrim 0-13 SFC Round 2B Qualifier

Darragh O'Brien looks for a pass under pressure from Leitrim's Paddy Maguire. Photo: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile
Darragh O'Brien looks for a pass under pressure from Leitrim's Paddy Maguire. Photo: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile

Declan Rooney

Carlow manager Turlough O'Brien says confidence in his squad is sky high and that a fourth championship win of the summer is not beyond his side in Round 3B next weekend.

Leitrim were well in control after the first quarter at Netwatch Cullen Park and were four points clear of their hosts, but Paul Broderick's five points before the break, his 44th-minute goal and Ciaran Moran's late second, clinched a routine win for the Leinster side.

"People looking on might have thought Leitrim could cause an upset here today, but I think we were in control," said O'Brien.

"The summer is flying along. We're absolutely where we want to be. We really felt that we could progress through the qualifiers, and this year we are fulfilling those promises.

"We feel that we could cause another upset next weekend."

Ryan O'Rourke and Ronan Kennedy did the most of the significant damage in the opening half for Leitrim, but as soon as Carlow found the high gear they have operated in all summer, they began to take over around midfield.

Carlow and Leitrim players get involved in a tussle. Photo: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile
Carlow and Leitrim players get involved in a tussle. Photo: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile

They did well to only trail 0-9 to 0-7 at the break, and captain Darragh Foley and Broderick drew them level.

Broderick's goal saw the belief drain from Leitrim, while Chris Crowley and Brendan Gallagher were sent off late on.

This loss on the back of the Roscommon defeat means it has been a tough first season for manager Benny Guckian.

"It's very disappointing, we were in control in the first-half, we were doing what we were supposed to be doing. Then in the second-half we couldn't get out hands on the ball around the middle of the field.

Keith Beirne feels the pressure from Carlow's Kieran Nolan, centre, and Sahne Redmond. Photo: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile
Keith Beirne feels the pressure from Carlow's Kieran Nolan, centre, and Sahne Redmond. Photo: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile

"It's been a difficult year. Just when you think you are getting a bit of momentum you get knocked back. So we have a lot of things to look at."

Scorers - Carlow: P Broderick 1-6 (3f); C Moran 1-1; D Foley 0-2 (1f); E Ruth, G Kelly, K Nolan, S Gannon, S Clarke 0-1 each.

Leitrim: R Kennedy (4f), R O'Rourke 0-4 each; B Gallagher 0-2 (1f); C Cullen, D Rooney, K Beirne (1f) 0-1.

Carlow - R Molloy 7; C Crowley 5, S Redmond 7, BJ Molloy 6; D Moran 7, D St Ledger 6, G Kelly 7; S Murphy 8, S Gannon 7; A Kelly 6, D Foley 8 (c), E Ruth 7; P Broderick 8, C Moran 8, J Murphy 7. Subs: S Clarke 6 for A Kelly (h-t), M Rennick 7 for Molloy (h-t), K Nolan 7 for G Kelly (57), D O'Brien for Broderick (67), J Clarke for Moran (67), C Lawlor for S Murphy (72).

Leitrim - B Flynn 7; O Madden 6, P Maguire 6, M McWeeney 7; J Rooney 6, G Reynolds 7, R Gallagher 7; S Moran 6, D McGovern 5; B Gallagher 7, C Gaffney 6, C Cullen 8; R O'Rourke 8, R Kennedy 7, G Plunkett 6. Subs: N McGovern 6 for D McGovern (35, black card), D Rooney 7 for Plunkett (45), D Moran 6 for S Moran (45), N Plunkett 6 for R Gallagher (51), K Keegan 7 for J Rooney (58), K Beirne for Kennedy (68).

Carlow's Ciaran Moran sends the ball forward during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2B match between Carlow and Leitrim at Netwatch Cullen Park in Co Carlow. Photo: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile
Carlow's Ciaran Moran sends the ball forward during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 2B match between Carlow and Leitrim at Netwatch Cullen Park in Co Carlow. Photo: Barry Cregg/Sportsfile

Ref - Padraig Hughes (Armagh).

A picture from the Twitter feed of Carlow manager Turlough O’Brien shows his players during a recovery session in the river Slaney yesterday
A picture from the Twitter feed of Carlow manager Turlough O’Brien shows his players during a recovery session in the river Slaney yesterday

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