Carlow secure rare win
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.