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Leinster U20 Championship: Carlow see off Kerry after enjoyable contest

LWB Reporter
April 1, 2024

Leinster U20 Hurling Championship

Carlow 1-16

Kerry 2-11

Carlow and Kerry served up a thoroughly enjoyable hour of Hurling at Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday.

Kerry held a slender 1-6 to 0-8 lead at the interval in a half where Carlow lost their leader Sean Wall and Patrick Doyle through injury.

Wall had settled the nerves early on with a fine point, while Eamonn O'Shea also notched a tidy one.

Cian Quirke and Kevin Kavanagh were on the money after this while the impressive Eoghan Stack had goaled for the Kingdom and rattled off a trio of points to boot.

Senior panelist Donagh Murphy was introduced after 20 minutes or so and hurled like a man possessed.

Murphy linked the play very well, while fellow sub Ros Dermody also hurled well on introduction.

The game turned in Carlow's favour early in the second half when Jamie Nolan was quickest to react to a loose ball in around the square. His left handed first time pull giving Carlow a 1-9 to 1-6 lead on 38 minutes.

A Donagh Murphy brace and a fine Cian Quirke point coupled with another from the on form Kevin Kavanagh had Carlow looking good at 1-13 to 1-8 but they did survive a scare with Kerry missing a penalty in this period also.

Kerry did get their goal late on, but Shane Kelly was on hand to seal the deal for Carlow and they now face Kildare on Saturday week with the venue TBC.

Carlow Scorers: Cian Quirke (0-4, 3f), Kevin Kavanagh (0-4, 1f), Jamie Nolan (1-0), Donagh Murphy (0-3), Sean Wall (0-1), Eamonn O'Shea (0-1), Tim Brennan (0-1), Tadgh O'Neill (0-1), Shane Kelly (0-1)