Nolan adds gloss to Carlow rout
Carlow 3-23 London 0-15
Carlow produced a dominant second-half display to blow London away in Ruislip, and leapfrog Meath into second spot.
Needing to win by 12 points to capitalise on the Royal County's one-point defeat to Westmeath, Colm Bonnar's charges found London in unobliging mood in the first half.
The Barrowsiders were wasteful as they failed to build on Martin Kavanagh's 19th-minute goal, Diarmuid Byrne picking out Kavanagh in acres of space to fire past Padraig Buckley.
The home side battled back to trail by just 1-9 to 0-9 at the break.
A disputed John Michael Nolan point opened the floodgates - the visitors rattled off six unanswered scores in an eight-minute period.
London's Colin Nelson picked up a straight red card in the 55th minute. Carlow took advantage with James Doyle and Chris Nolan both finding the net to leave the Exiles bottom of the table.
Scorers - Carlow: C Nolan 1-5 (0-1f), M Kavanagh (0-1 f), J Doyle 1-4 each; J Nolan 0-4; C Wall 0-2; D English (f), D Byrne, R Kelly, S Murphy 0-1. London: R Murphy 0-10 (7fs); C Nelson 0-2; K Reid, D Roberts, F Collins 0-1.
Carlow - B Tracey 6; A Corcoran 7, P Doyle 7, M Doyle 6; R Kelly 6, D English 6, R Coady 6; C Wall 7, D Byrne 8; S Murphy 6, M Kavanagh 8, J Nolan 7; D Murphy 6, P Coady 8, C Nolan 8. Subs: J Doyle 7 for D Murphy (h-t); C Foley 6 for C Wall (51); K McDonald 6 for P Coady (60); J Murphy (too late for rating) for M Kavanagh (64).
London - P Buckley 6; C Hickey 6, B Regan 7, C McAlinden 6; D Moore 6, K Reid 7, L Murphy 6; A O'Leary 6, T Clarke 6; M Duggan 6, R Murphy 8, S Lawless 6; A Sheehan 6, C Nelson 7, D Roberts 6. Subs: M Ivors 6 for A O'Leary (43); F Collins 6, C Lordan 6 & M O'Laochdha 6 for M Duggan, D Roberts & C Hickey (all 62); S Skelly for C McAlinden (69).
Ref - G McGrath (Wexford).
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