Performance delights Carey as Fagan fires Carlow to victory
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IT Carlow manager DJ Carey was thrilled after another hard-fought victory as Jack Fagan hit 2-2 to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Fitzgibbon Cup at Dangan in Galway.
The hosts were 1-9 to 0-8 ahead at half-time after John Fox's early goal, but Fagan scored two crucial goals in the second half to put last year's beaten finalists into the knockout stages.
"This is a great win. We knew coming up here it was going to be a really tough one," said Carey.
All-Ireland-winning manager Micheál Donoghue was in attendance, and it was a star-studded NUIG team with three of Galway's All-Ireland winning side - Conor Whelan, Cathal Mannion and his brother Pádraic.
But a dominant 10-minute spell either side of half-time saw IT Carlow score 1-6, with just a point in response from Whelan.
NUIG had the perfect start when Fox pirouetted and finished past Enda Rowland after five minutes.
When Cathal Mannion scored a stunning effort from the left wing, NUIG held a six-point lead but that changed after half-time.
Charles Dwyer brought the deficit back to a goal, and then Fagan caught Kavanagh's delivery and kicked past Shane Hennessy to the net.
The Waterford full-forward sealed the win nine minutes from time when he flicked the ball into the NUIG goal from close range.
Scorers - IT Carlow: J Fagan 2-2, M Kavanagh 0-8 (7f, 1 65), C Dunbar 0-2, E Rowland (f), R Leahy, C Dunford and C Dwyer 0-1. NUIG: D Burke 0-6 (3f, 1 65), J Fox 1-1, A Helebert 0-3, S Loftus 0-2 and C Whelan 0-2 each, C Mannion and M Lynch 0-1 each.
IT Carlow - E Rowland; S Reck, K Hannafin, R Brown; M Redmond, J Doyle, M Harney; C Dunford, R Leahy; S Downey, M Kavanagh, C Dwyer; T Nolan, J Fagan, C Dunbar. Subs: R Moran for Brown (37), S Casey for Dwyer (57), M Dowling for Nolan (53).
NUIG - S Hennessy; B Fitzpatrick, C Cosgrave, C O Connor; S Loftus, C Ryan, P Mannion; B Concannon, S Fletcher; C Mannion, D Burke, C Whelan; J Fox, M Lynch, A Helebert. Subs: R Elwood for Fletcher (44), G Loughnane for Lynch (52), C Salmon for Fox (59).
Ref - Fergal Horgan (Tipperary).
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