Car­low pro­moted after beat­ing West­meath

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RACING -

CAR­LOW will com­pete in Divi­sion 1B of the Na­tional Hurl­ing League next year fol­low­ing a de­ci­sive 2-19 to 2-12 win over West­meath in Port­laoise.

Car­low were by far the bet­ter team in the first half and a great solo goal by James Doyle in the 19th minute put them 1-8 to 0-4 ahead. Dar­ragh Clin­ton’s goal in the 31st minute kept West­meath in touch, but Colm Bon­nar’s side were full value for their in­ter­val lead of 1-14 to 1-6.

The pat­tern was main­tained in the sec­ond half dur­ing which both teams con­verted penal­ties — Martin Ka­vanagh for Car­low in the 50th minute and Derek McNi­cholas for West­meath with nor­mal time al­most up. cham­pi­ons made light of the step up to In­ter­me­di­ate level by gar­ner­ing ul­ti­mate hon­ours once more, hav­ing beaten last year’s cham­pi­ons Myshall and the run­ners-up Eglish on the way to the de­cider, but they needed their skip­per to be at her in­spi­ra­tional best to defy the odds one more time.

John­son made three saves in the first half from Noreen Coen, one of the stun­ning va­ri­ety and an­other that show­cased her com­plete lack of fear as she launched her­self in to the path of the Athenry full-for­ward’s hurley.

She was fi­nally beaten by Eimear Keane early in the sec­ond half but when Athenry leg­end Therese Dono­hue (for­merly Ma­her) bore down on goal and shot for the cor­ner, the net­min­der stood firm once more.

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