Antrim are indebted to Clarke
Antrim 2-15 Carlow 0-21
This keenly contested NHL Division 2A clash at Netwatch Cullen Park yesterday saw the sides share the spoils, a result which leaves both sides on three league points.
Antrim's Ciarán Clarke gave a man of the match performance, scoring a total of 1-12, 1-11 from frees, and was a serious source of trouble to the home defence all through.
Carlow were the better side in the opening half, scoring some great long range points from play and were deservedly 0-13 to 1-7 ahead at half-time.
It remained very much score for score in the second half until Antrim were awarded a 52nd minute free 30 metres from the home goal. Up stepped Clarke to drill the ball to the net, bringing the sides level at 2-11 to 0-17.
Carlow lost left half back Richard Coady to a straight red card on 63 minutes and right full back Dion Wall on a second yellow card in the final minutes when he hauled down Clarke who promptly put the sides level for the final time. Paul Coady top-scored for Carlow with 0-9, 0-7 from frees and one point from a 65.
Scorers: Antrim: C Clarke 1-12, (1-11 fs), N McAuley 1-0, N McKenna 0-2, P Shiell 0-1. Carlow: P Coady 0-9, (8 fs, 1 '65'), S Murphy, E Byrne 0-3 each, J Kavanagh 0-2, D Byrne, D Murphy, M Kavanagh C Nolan 0-1 each.
Antrim: C O'Connell 7; S Rooney 7, J Dillon 7, Ciarán Johnson 8; S McRory 7, O McFadden 8, C McKinley 6; E Campbell 7, P Shiell 7; P McGill 5, C McCann 6, N McKenna 6; C Clarke 9, N McAuley 7, Conor Johnston 5. Subs: D McKernan 5 for Conor Johnston (25); C Carson 6 for McKernan (40); J McNaughton6 for McGill (43); P Burke 5 for McKinley (51).
Carlow: B Tracey 6; D Wall 6, P Doyle 7, G Bennett 6; D Byrne 7, D English 7, R Coady7; K McDonald 5, J Kavanagh 8; S Murphy 8, P Coady 8, E Byrne 7; D Murphy 6, J M Nolan 6, C Wall 6. Subs: J Doyle 5 for McDonald (42); M Kavanagh 6 for J M Nolan (52); C Nolan 6 for D Murphy (52).
Ref: J Heffernan (Wexford).