Tubridy finds range
MICK O'Dwyer's Clare were never in danger as they claimed their third victory of the campaign over 14-man Carlow at a bitterly cold Dr Cullen Park.
David Tubridy gave a man-of-the-match performance, scoring 0-5 of his side's total and tormenting the Carlow defence throughout the game.
Carlow levelled twice in the early stages through midfielders Brendan Murphy and Darragh Foley and were trailing only by 0-6 to 0-4 after 23 minutes. But a minute later suicidal defending by Carlow allowed Rory Donnelly to steal in for the game's only goal.
All hope of a home win died in the 55th minute when star midfielder Brendan Murphy received a second yellow card. Tubridy's three late points sealed the game and kept Clare's slender promotion hopes alive. For Carlow, it was a fourth successive defeat.
Man of the match: D Tubridy (Clare)
Scorers – Clare: D Tubridy 0-5 (4fs), R Donnelly 1-2, G Brennan 0-2, C Dunning, M McCarthy, S McGrath 0-1 each. Carlow: Brian Murphy 0-4 (3fs), Brendan Murphy 0-2, D Foley 0-2 (1f), S Gannon 0-1.
Clare – J Hayes 7; S Collins 7, S McNelis 7, C Dixon 7; D Callinan 7, G Kelly 7, I McInerney 7; G Brennan 8, C O'Connor 7; A Clohessy 6, S McGrath 6, C Dunning 6; M McCarthy 6, R Donnelly 8, D Tubridy 9. Subs: J Hayes 6 for McInerney (h-t), M O'Shea for Collins (58), G Quinlan for O'Connor (61).
Carlow – C Kearney 8; C Lawler 6, S Mernagh 6, B Kavanagh 6; K Nolan 5, S Redmond 6, M Doyle 5; D Foley 7, Brendan Murphy 7; R Walker 6, P Reid 5, E Ruth 6; Brian Murphy 7, S Gannon 6, D Hayden 7. Subs: W Minchin for Reid (58), J Murphy for Walker (66), J O'Donoghue for Doyle (66), A Kelly for Ruth (66).
Ref: J Curley (Meath)