Doyle goal edges it for Carlow
Leinster U-17 Hurling shield final: Carlow 3-17 Meath 2-12
Two quickfire goals in the final quarter gave Carlow the edge in a keenly contested final at Páirc Tailteann on Saturday.
Jake Doyle struck for the first of them following a flowing move involving Fiach O'Toole and Conor Kehoe on 48 minutes. Then, two minutes later, Jack McCullagh's sideline cut went all the way to put Carlow 3-13 to 1-12 ahead.
Meath captain James Murray blasted to the net from a free on 54 minutes, but the hosts failed to score again. Carlow stretched their advantage in the closing stages with the final three points to end impressive winners.
Meath, boosted by an early Luke Horan goal, led 1-4 to 0-2 after 10 minutes. Jake Doyle's goal on 12 minutes got Carlow back on track and they went three points clear nearing half-time. Meath responded well to be level at 1-9 apiece at the break before Carlow pulled away.
Scorers - Carlow: C Kehoe 0-7 (6f); J Doyle 2-1; J McCullagh 1-0 (sl); S Treacy 0-3; L Brennan 0-2; F Fitzpatrick, F O'Toole, J Wall, E Whelan 0-1 each. Meath: C McGovern 0-6 (4f); J Murray 1-2 (1-0f, 2 sl); L Horan 1-1; J Lanigan 0-2; J Coyne 0-1.
Carlow - J Somers; S Joyce, M Joyce, L Doyle; T Doran, P Kavanagh, N Bolger; F Fitzpatrick, J McCullagh; L Brennan, S Treacy, F O'Toole; C Kehoe, J Doyle, B Bolger. Subs: E Kealy for B Bolger (42), J Wall for Brennan (46), G Kavanagh for J Doyle (60), E Whelan for Kehoe (61), D Deacon for S Joyce (63).
Meath - C Lyons; G McVann, G Fleming, S Clarke; C Smith, D Farrell, A Boyle; J Murray, L Horan; A O'Kane, J Lanigan, J Coyne; M Keogh, C McGovern, C McKeon. Subs: L Walsh for O'Kane (30), A Traynor for Boyle (37), L Coldrick for McKeon (47), N O'Laoire for Farrell (60), R Ennis for McVann (61).
Ref - A Kinahan (Offaly)