Royals out like a rocket after restart
Meath 2-16 IT Carlow 1-12
Goals from Stephen Clynch and Keith Keoghan within 90 seconds of the restart paved the way for victory for 14-man Meath in the Walsh Cup at Dunganny yesterday.
The hosts turned around with a 0-9 to 0-6 advantage.
Within 45 seconds the experienced Clynch had the sliother in the students' net. A second goal quickly followed from Keoghan and that left DJ Carey's charges with an uphill battle.
Meath had wing back Sean Heavey dismissed on 43 minutes but their lead was never seriously threatened.
A goal from Meath man Damien Healy cut the deficit to six points but the home side pulled clear again with substitute Tom Clarke, of Kilmacud Crokes, shooting four points.
Jack Regan was in fine form from frees in the first half as Meath led 0-5 to 0-2 after 15 minutes. Laois native Stephen Maher had Carlow's opening three points from frees and when James Doyle shot over the sides were level at 0-5 each.
Clynch edged Meath in front again and they ended the half strongly. The students never really threatened here and despite a numerical disadvantage Meath ended easy winners.
SCORERS - Meath: S Clynch 1-3; J Regan 0-6 (5fs, 1 '65); K Keoghan 1-1; T Clarke 0-4; J Keena (f), J Toher 0-1 each. IT Carlow: S Maher 0-6 (4fs); D Healy 1-1; K Kelly, C Bolger 0-2 each; J Doyle 0-1.
MEATH - D Harmon; C O'Rourke, S Whitty, S Morris; K Keoghan, R Sherlock, S Heavey; J Toher, N Riordan; S Clynch, S Brennan, M O'Grady; J Regan, N Heffernan, J Keena. Subs: S Quigley for Brennan (27), R Ryan for O'Grady (31), T Clarke for Heffernan (h-t), L Martyn for Keoghan (64), S Geraghty for Toher (66).
IT CARLOW - E Rowland; D Palmer, T Gallagher, J Kilmartin; M Redmond, W Young, B Byrne; K Kelly, M Russell; S Maher, D Healy, J Doyle; S Phelan, C Bolger, J Dermody. Sub: M Bohyan for Kavanagh (65).
REF - A Keating (Dublin).