O'Rorke hits heights for UCD
UCD 3-15 Carlow 1-18
Colm Bonnar is still seeking his first competitive win as Carlow manager after UCD blew their hosts away in the first half at Netwatch Cullen Park.
The students surged into 3-8 to 0-4 interval lead against a listless Carlow side. Dublin's Oisín O'Rorke led the charge with 2-6 in that opening half, adding point after the break before being withdrawn.
Carlow were much improved in the second half and, with Paul Coady deadly from frees - he finished with 0-10 from placed ball -Bonnar's men rallied splendidly to come within three points of the visitors at 3-12 to 1-15 when Chris Nolan scored a 57th minute goal and followed up with a fine point from play.
But UCD did enough to get over the line in a game which was a dead rubber after both sides had lost to Dublin and Wexford.
scorers -UCD: O O'Rorke 2-7 (0-6fs, 0-1 '65'), T Phelan 1-0, C Keane 0-3 (1f), H Lawlor, C Buckley, C O'Shea, J O'Connor ('65') R McEvoy 0-1 each. Carlow: P Coady 0-10fs, C Nolan 1-2, E Byrne 0-2, S Murphy, R Smithers, J Murphy, C Wall 0-1 each.
UCD - D Holohan; E Hayden, P Hannon, C McGabhann; H Lawlor, T Burke, J O'Connor; C Buckley, P Guinan; L Scanlan, B Quigley, T Phelan; D Dolan, C Keane, O O'Rorke. Subs: C Bulter for McGabhann (h/t); C O'Shea for Burke (h/t); J J Ryan for Hannon (40); M Brennan for O'Rorke (54); E Hennessy for Dolan (55), R McEvoy for Guinan (56); J O'Toole for Keane (62); D Monks for Phelan (65); J Power for Scanlon (65); J Houlihan for Buckley (65).
Carlow - B Treacy; D Wall, R Kelly, A Casey; J O'Hara, R Coady, E Redmond; J Kavanagh, S Whelan; R Smithers, P Coady, S Murphy; C Nolan, E Byrne, S Brennan. Subs: G Bennett for Casey (45); P Doyle for Kelly (45); A Corcoran for Wall (45); C Wall for Murphy (50); D English for Whelan (55); K McDonald for Brennan (60); D Byrne for Kavanagh (60); J Murphy for P Coady (64); A Dunne for Redmond (64).
Ref - G McGrath (Westmeath)