Wednesday 13 December 2017

Carlow cruise to victory over London in Ruislip mudbath

Carlow 3-12 London 0-7 (Allianz HL Division 2A)

Luke Connolly, UCC, in action against Thomas O'Connell, IT Carlow
Luke Connolly, UCC, in action against Thomas O'Connell, IT Carlow
David Culhane, UCC, in action against Marcus Mangan, IT Carlow
Thomas O'Connell, IT Carlow, in action against Luke Connolly, UCC

Tony Tighe

Carlow cruised to their second win in seven days as they overpowered London in difficult conditions at Ruislip yesterday.

The Barrowsiders fired in three goals in 10 first-half minutes and had the game wrapped up by half-time, after establishing an unassailable lead of 3-7 to 0-1.

London, who were without the majority of their Kilburn Gaels contingent for this Division 2A encounter, were well off the pace and things went from bad to worse when Peter Phelan was dismissed on 46 minutes.

However, they rallied in the latter stages and a flurry of frees from Bernard Gaffney put some respectability on the scoreboard for the home side.

With the Emeralds Ground pitch in a terrible state and underfoot conditions set to deteriorate as the game progressed, Carlow were a team in a hurry and they flew out of the traps to establish their winning platform.

Martin Kavanagh tapped into an unguarded net on 10 minutes after a marauding run from Craig Doyle, and Sean Murphy added a second goal after fending off the challenges of two London defenders.

With Carlow dominant around midfield, the scores continued to flow for the visitors, and a third maximum arrived on 20 minutes when full-forward Seamus Murphy latched onto a lovely pass over the top by Doyle and beat James Barrett from close range.

Not unexpectedly, the visitors took their foot off the gas in the second half as the pitch turned into a veritable mudbath.

Their job was made easier when London wing-forward Phelan saw red for a second bookable offence.

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