Car­low se­cure rare win

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Gaelic Games/Rugby -

Car­low reg­is­tered a rare se­nior hurl­ing in­ter­county vic­tory over Of­faly at Net­watch Cullen Park yes­ter­day. It was tight in the first half with Of­faly shoot­ing a se­ries of wides.

The key mo­ment of the half came on 21 min­utes when Marty Ka­vanagh won pos­ses­sion on the right 25-me­tres out. Spot­ting Chris Nolan on the other side his pass was ac­cu­rate and Nolan made no mis­take when find­ing the net from close range.

Kevin Con­nolly was the main scor­ing threat for Of­faly land­ing four points from play and frees in the half. Of­faly could have been awarded a penalty when Con­nolly was fouled on the edge of the big square but he had to be con­tent with a free.

Af­ter the the sides were tied at 0-11 to 1-8 at half-time, the home side wore down their vis­i­tors. The sec­ond Car­low goal ar­rived im­me­di­ately af­ter play had been re­sumed as Ka­vanagh picked up a loose ball, made ground and eas­ily goaled. The vis­i­tors fought back but could never reel in the even­tual win­ners who got bet­ter as the game un­folded.

Two sub­sti­tutes, De­nis Mur­phy and Jon Nolan, got on the score­sheet in the fi­nal mo­ments as Car­low hinted they may have strength in depth as the league ap­proaches.

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