Carlow is rising - Colm Bonnar's men promoted to Division 1B after win over Westmeath
Allianz NHL Division 2A final: Carlow 2-19 Westmeath 2-12
Carlow will compete in Division 1B of the National Hurling League next year following a decisive win over Westmeath in Portlaoise this afternoon.
Carlow were by far the better team in the first half and a great solo goal by James Doyle in the 19th minute put them 1-8 to 0-4 ahead. Darragh Clinton’s goal in the 31st minute kept Westmeath in touch, but Colm Bonnar’s side were full value for their interval lead of 1-14 to 1-6.
The pattern was maintained in the second half during which both teams converted penalties – Martin Kavanagh for Carlow in the 50th minute and Derek McNicholas for Westmeath with normal time almost up.
Carlow: M Kavanagh 1-9 (1-0pen, 8fs), J Doyle 1-1, E Byrne 0-3, D English (2fs), D Byrne, C Nolan 0-2 each.
Westmeath: A Devine 0-6 (5fs), D McNicholas (pen), D Clinton 1-0 each, E Price 0-3, R Greville, K Doyle (f), C Doyle 0-1 each.
Carlow: B Tracey; A Corcoran, P Doyle, M Doyle; E Nolan, D English, R Coady; J Kavanagh, D Byrne; S Murphy, P Coady, J Doyle; M Kavanagh, E Byrne, C Nolan. Subs: J Murphy for J Kavanagh (61), C Foley for P Coady (62), K McDonald for C Nolan (65), D Murphy for S Murphy (70), D Wall for E Nolan (70 + 1).
Westmeath: P Carroll; S Power, T Doyle, G Greville; A Craig, P Greville, D McNicholas; E Price, C Boyle; J Gilligan, R Greville, A Devine; N O’Brien, N Mitchell, D Clinton. Subs: L Varley for Craig (23), K Doyle for Gilligan (34), S Clavin for Boyle (44), C Doyle for O’Brien (56), A Cox for Devine (68).
Ref: J Ryan (Tipperary).