HL1B: Courageous Carlow hold Galway to a draw

February 03, 2019

Carlow's Martin Kavanagh and Eoin Nolan celebrate.
©INPHO/James Crombie.

It was a day to remember for Carlow hurling at Netwatch Cullen Park as the Barrowsiders shared the Allianz HL Division 1B spoils with Galway.

After running Dublin close on the opening weekend, Colm Bonnar’s charges went one step further in round 2 and a point is the least their efforts deserved.

The sides were deadlocked on 0-20 apiece when referee Cathal McAllister called a halt to proceedings.

Carlow looked to have come up just short when Aidan Harte edged the visitors ahead in the closing stages but a converted last minute free from Martin Kavanagh denied the visitors’ maximum points.

Kavanagh contributed 0-11 to his side’s final tally while Joe Canning registered 0-10 (8 frees) for the 2017 All-Ireland champions.

The team in maroon and white led by 0-11 to 0-7 at the change of ends but the second-half didn’t go according to script and Carlow secured a result that will fill them with confidence for the remainder of the competition.

Carlow - B Tracey; A Corcoran, P Doyle, M Doyle; E Nolan, D English (0-1f), R Coady; J Kavanagh, S Whelan (0-1); J M Nolan, M Kavanagh (0-11, 10f), S Murphy (0-2); T Joyce (0-1), E Byrne (0-1), J Doyle (0-1). Subs: C Nolan (0-2) for T Joyce, J Nolan for E Byrne.

Galway - C Callanan; D Morrissey, J Fitzpatrick, S Loftus (0-1); G Lally, P Mannion, A Harte (0-1); J Coen (0-2), S Kilduff (0-2); B Concannon (0-1), C Mannion (0-1), J Flynn; J Canning (0-10, 8f), T Monaghan (0-2), D Glennon. Subs: S Bleahene for D Glennon, S Linnane for G Lally, R O’Meara for T Monaghan.

Referee - C McAllister.

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