Kavanagh superb as Carlow cruise it
Carlow 3-15 Kildare 1-6
Carlow had the points wrapped up by half-time yesterday when leading Kildare by 3-12 to 0-1 at Netwatch Cullen Park, but team boss Colm Bonnar will have been unimpressed by a second-half in which the Lilywhites outscored them by 1-5 to 0-3.
Marty Kavanagh did most to undermine Joe Quaid's side in the opening half, setting up full-forward James Doyle for a fifth-minute goal before striking for his side's other two green flags in the 29th and 32nd minutes. The St Mullins man hit 2-6 in a Man of the Match display.
Mark Delaney, with 0-5, and an injury-time goal from Eanna O'Neill provided respectability.
Carlow's win keeps them in the promotion frame.
Scorers - Carlow: M Kavanagh 2-6 (4f, 0-2 65s), JM Nolan 0-3, J Doyle 1-0, D Byrne 0-2, P Coady, C Nolan, J Kavanagh, E Nolan 0-1 each.
Kildare: M Delaney 0-5 (0-4f), E O'Neill 1-1.
Carlow - B Tracey 7; A Corcoran 6, P Doyle 6, M Doyle 6; E Nolan 6 , D English 6, R Coady 6; J Kavanagh 7, D Byrne 7; J M Nolan 7, P Coady 5, S Murphy 5: M Kavanagh 9, J Doyle 6, C Nolan 6. Subs: D Murphy 5 for C Nolan (44); E Byrne for P Coady (58); J Murphy for J Kavanagh (59); C Wall for D Byrne (60); C Foley for J M Nolan (62); K McDonald for S Murphy (70).
Kildare - P Dermody 7; C Forde 6 J Doran 5, P Sullivan 5; S Gainey 5, M Moloney 7, N O'Muineacháin 5; S Lacey 5, B Byrne 5; E O'Neill 6, M Fitzgerald 5, K Whelan 5; C Bonus 5, M Delaney 6, S Ryan 5. Subs: D Cahill for Lacey (h-t); J Sheridan for Gainey (h-t); E O'Hehir 5 for Ryan (46); C Dowling for Whelan (54); B McCormack for Fitzgerald (injured) (68).
REF - P Burke (Kilkenny).