Thursday 14 December 2017

Pat English look towards 'step up' of Derry match

Carlow 3-12 London 0-7

Carlow manager Pat English
Carlow manager Pat English

Carlow made it two wins from two in Ruislip on Saturday, but Pat English is already focusing on another long-distance away day.

Having flown to London and back on the same day, the Barrowsiders must make the trip to Derry on Sunday week in a game that could prove crucial to their promotion hopes.

"It is going to be a step-up; they're probably a better team, going by things," English said.

"Again we're playing away - it's a five-hour journey. It's like coming over to London without the flight. It's another big task, but we'll take up the challenge."

Carlow proved far too strong for a London side that were without the majority of their Kilburn Gaels contingent, scoring three goals in 10 first-half minutes to secure their second victory in seven days.

Martin Kavanagh, Sean Murphy and Seamus Murphy all netted to give Carlow a 3-7 to 0-1 interval lead and they took their foot off the gas in the second half as the Emerald Grounds pitch deteriorated.

SCORERS - Carlow: M Kavanagh 1-3 (0-3fs), Seamus Murphy 1-2, Sean Murphy 1-1, E Byrne, C Doyle (1f) 0-2 each, J Rogers, C Wall 0-1 each. London: B Gaffney 0-5 (4fs), L Hands 0-2.

Carlow - K Kehoe 7; R Coady 7, J Kinsella 7, A Corcoran 7; D English 8, J Rogers 6, G Coady 7; D Byrne 7, C Wall 7; Sean Murphy 7, E Byrne 6, JM Nolan 7; M Kavanagh 8, Seamus Murphy 8, C Doyle 7. Subs: M Brennan 6 for Sean Murphy (h-t), S Kavanagh 6 for Rogers (ht), A Gaul 6 for E Byrne (53), G Bennett 6 for G Coady (57), D O'Neill 6 for M Kavanagh (57).

London - J Barrett 6; N Rogers 6, M Ryan 6, E Collins 6; E Cooney 6, T Kelly 6, M Lynch 5; C Keogh 5, P Murphy; E Kelly 5, M Fitzpatrick 5, P Phelan 5; L Hands 6, B Gaffney 7, M Ivors 5. Subs: H Vaughan 6 for Keogh (21), D Egan 6 for M Fitzpatrick (ht), D Coffey 6 for Kelly (48), E Chawke 6 for Ivors (49), C Hickey 6 for Lynch (61).

Ref - D O'Driscoll (Limerick).

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