Sunday 18 March 2018

Deadly Doyle on double to ditch Mayo

Carlow 5-18 Mayo 2-7

James Doyle scored for Carlow. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile
James Doyle scored for Carlow. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile Newsdesk

Carlow bounced back from their one-point defeat to Antrim in the first round of this competition to put visitors Mayo to the sword to the tune of 20 points in this second-round tie at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday.

Goals in the fourth and eighth minutes from Carlow's Kevin McDonald and James Doyle saw Colm Bonner's side storm into a 2-5 to nil lead before Mayo full forward Kenny Feeney pointed a 16th minute free to open Mayo's account. But a third goal from McDonald on 33 minutes saw the home side establish a 3-13 to 0-2 interval lead, leaving the westerners in the area of damage limitation.

The Carlow effort petered out a little in the second half when both sides recorded 2-5, the two late Mayo goals from Joseph McManus and Kenny Feeney putting a better gloss on things.

Doyle top-scored for the winners with 2-2, Kevin McDonald notched 2-1 while team captain Marty Kavanagh chipped in with 1-4. For the vanquished visitors, Kenny Feeney hit 1-6.

In the game's dying embers, Craig Wall, a second-half Carlow substitute received a straight red card but that was at odds with what was a sporting encounter.

Scorers - Carlow: J Doyle 2-2; K McDonald 2-1; M Kavanagh 1-4 (2f); J Murphy 0-4; E Byrne, J Kavanagh 0-2 each; D English (f), D Byrne, C Nolan 0-1 each. Mayo: K Feeney 1-6 (0-4f, 0-1 65); J McManus 1-0; D McLoughlin 0-1.

Carlow: James Carroll 6; A Corcoran 7, P Doyle 7, G Bennett 7; R Coady 7, D English 7, R Kelly 7; D Byrne 7, J Kavanagh 7; J M Nolan 6, M Kavanagh 8, E Byrne 7; K McDonald 8, J Murphy 7, J Doyle 8. Subs: D Wall 6 for Bennett (46); C Nolan 6 for M Kavanagh (51); C Wall 6 for E Byrne (51); J O'Hara for Coady (57); R Smithers for Nolan (57).

Mayo: D Freyne 5; M Morley 6, McManus 6, S Mulroy 5; C Freeman 7, B Hunt 6, S Morley 6; E McLoughlin 5, J Cotter 5; J McManus 6, S Regan 6, K Higgins 7; S Boland 5, K Feeney 7, D McLoughlin. 7. Subs: D McTigue 6 for Cotter (27); G Nolan 6 for Mulroy (27); P Hickey 6 for Boland (49); M Parsons for Freyne (55); T Sweeney for S Morley (65).

Referee: J O'Brien (Tipperary).

Irish Independent

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