Elliott finds an extra gear
Carlow 0-25 Antrim 2-16
It took extra-time to divide these two teams in a fascinating contest at Abbotstown on Saturday. From as early as the 15th minute the signs were on that extra-time might be necessary to divide the teams.
At half-time it was 0-8 each, but immediately after the interval Antrim's scoring ace Sean Elliott availed of a defensive error to score a goal. Four minutes later Carlow were level when Jon Nolan pointed and Ciaran Whelan converted a free and added a point from play.
With Whelan knocking over the frees Carlow led by three points with 65 minutes played and after successfully defending a close-range free and a '65' they were undone when Elliott picked up a loose ball to score a second goal and bring the game to extra-time at 2-13 to 0-19.
Elliott added two more points to Whelan's one to nudge his side in front in first-half extra-time.
With the slight breeze in their backs going into the final 10 minutes Carlow finished well. Points from Jon Nolan, Sheehan and Whelan with two put daylight between the teams.
Scorers - Carlow: C Whelan 0-13 (10f); D Sheehan 0-4; J Nolan 0-3, C Kavanagh 0-2; D Tobin, J O'Neill, C Treacy 0-1 each Antrim: S Elliott 2-12 (7f); D Smyth, D McEnhill, O Donnelly, D Kilgore 0-1 each.
Carlow - J Kavanagh; D Connors, J Ryan, D Jordan; E Kavanagh, T Lawlor, E Holland; C Whelan, B Hickey; D O'Toole, J Nolan, D Tobin; D Sheehan, C Kavanagh, J O'Neill. Subs: R Whelan for D Tobin (46), K Guidera D O'Toole (52), T Daly for E Kavanagh (58), C Treacy for J O'Neill red card in extra-time
Antrim - P Mullan; A Crawford, L Gillan, FMcCurry; R McGarry, C Boyd, C McHugh; S Walsh, R Molloy; D Smyth, C Bohill, C McFadden; S Elliott, D McEnhill, D Kilgore. Subs: O Donnelly for S Walsh (38), O McAuley (49) and C McKendry (78) for D Smyth, M Close for C Bohill (52), E McQuillan for C McFadden (68), E Elliott for D Kilgore (57)
Ref - C Mooney (Dublin).