Saturday 14 December 2019

Kehoe leads Carlow fightback

Carlow 3-11
Down 3-9

Two goals and a point in a two-minute spell after half time were the scores which set up Carlow for this narrow victory over Down in Mitchel Park, Ballygalget, yesterday.

Down, playing with a strong breeze in the first half, took a long time to get into the game and trailed by 1-2 to 0-3 after 15 minutes, with Paudie Kehoe, Carlow's prolific scorer, getting their goal after seven minutes.

The Down fightback started with a goal from a free by Gareth Johnson and when Simon Wilson set up Conor O'Prey for another goal the Mournemen took the lead with three minutes of the half left.

A long-range free by Simon Wilson, who was Down's top scorer, went all the way to the net as Down led by 3-6 to 1-5 at the interval.

After missing two good chances at the start of the second half Carlow eventually found their scoring range. Kehoe pointed a free and with 10 minutes gone he finished a long-range free by Robert Coady to the net. Carlow then struck for another goal when Andrew Gaule found the net to level the game.

Carlow finished the stronger with a point from Robert Foley and a free by substitute Shane Kavanagh for a deserved victory.

Scorers -- Carlow: P Kehoe 2-7 (1-7f), A Gaule 1-0, D Roberts, C Doyle, R Foley, S Kavanagh 0-1 each. Down: S Wilson 1-5 (1-5f), G Johnson 1-1 (1-0f), C. O'Prey 1-0, A Savage, C Coulter, E Clarke (0-1f) 0-1 each.

Carlow -- K Kehoe; A Corcoran, J Rodgers, D Shaw; E Coady, E Nolan, R Coady; M Brennan, D Byrne; C Doyle, E Byrne, C Hughes; A Gaule, D Roberts, P Kehoe. Subs: J Hickey for Hughes (23), R Foley for Byrne (h-t), S. Kavanagh for Hickey (40).

Down -- G Clarke; L Clarke, S Murray, S Ennis; S Wilson, M Ennis, R McGrattan; A Savage, C Coulter; S Clarke, G Johnson, B Ennis; E Clarke, K McGarry, P Keith. Subs: C O'Prey for McGarry (24), J Coyle for Keith (30), P Braniff for Coyle (52).

REF -- O Elliott (Antrim).

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