Friday 15 December 2017

Dublin left stunned by Kavanagh's late strike

CARLOW 1-13, DUBLIN 1-11

Carlow’s Paul Coady, left, John Michael Nolan, centre, and David Galway celebrate their side’s victory over Dublin at Parnell Park last night
Carlow’s Paul Coady, left, John Michael Nolan, centre, and David Galway celebrate their side’s victory over Dublin at Parnell Park last night

A last-gasp goal from Marty Kavanagh handed Carlow a two-point victory over Dublin at Parnell Park in the Leinster Under-21 Hurling Championship quarter-final.

With the hosts leading by one point, Kavanagh received possession from Daryl Roberts and his emphatic finish to the roof of Conor Dooley's net was just reward for a wonderfully committed display by the underdogs.

Despite a number of early wides, the hosts seized the initiative through a sixth-minute free from Jamie Desmond and within seconds, Eamonn Dillon raced clear and delivered an emphatic finish beyond Brian Treacy.

Carlow gradually began to impose themselves with Kavanagh landing a free to open their account, although Glenn Whelan restored Dublin's four-point advantage with an excellent score soon after.

The visitors remained in contention thanks to scores from James Doyle and Peter Shaw as Dublin began to be overrun in midfield, although captain Danny Sutcliffe added a fine individual score at the end of the first quarter to push the hosts a goal ahead.

That lead was whittled down as the half progressed with Kavanagh and Roberts landing points with Dublin's reply coming from Sutcliffe.

Carlow restored parity by the 25th minute thanks to a brace from wing-forward John Michael Nolan.

An Aodhán Clabby free briefly restored Dublin's lead but Carlow enjoyed an advantage with late points from Doyle and Darren Dalton confirming a 0-9 to 1-5 interval lead.

Despite enjoying a greater degree of possession upon the restart, the hosts were guilty of some errant shooting and were reliant on another free by Clabby to bring them on level terms.

Clabby landed two frees to push Dublin two points clear. That lead should well have been extended but for an uncharacteristic miss from in front of goal by Cormac Costello and Carlow began to sense an upset when centre-back Johnny Corcoran delivered an inspirational score in the 48th minute.

Sutcliffe and Tom Devlin replied for the Dubs but the visitors finished strongly and after Dalton and Nolan had reduced their arrears to a point, Kavanagh booked a semi-final berth in the most dramatic of conclusions.

Scorers – Carlow: M Kavanagh 1-3 (0-3fs), J Nolan 0-3, J Doyle, D Dalton 0-2 each, D Roberts, P Shaw, J Corcoran 0-1 each. Dublin: A Clabby 0-4 (4fs), D Sutcliffe 0-3, E Dillon 1-0, G Whelan 0-2, J Desmond (f), T Devlin 0-1 each.

Carlow – B Treacy; D Galway, P Doyle, D Wall; G Bennett, J Corcoran, D Byrne; C Wall, P Coady; J Nolan, D Dalton, M Kavanagh; P Shaw, J Doyle, D Roberts. Subs: L Kinsella for Bennett (22), P Fortune for Shaw (46).

Dublin – C Dooley; R Mullins, M McCaffrey, C Murphy; S Moran, J Desmond, C Crummy; C Costello, G Whelan; C Kilkenny, D Sutcliffe, C McHugh; F McGibb, E Dillon, A Clabby. Subs: D Mulligan for McHugh (h-t), T Devlin for McGibb (37).

Ref – J Keenan (Wicklow)

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