Review of Kehoe Cup action

Updated: Wednesday, 12 Mar 2008 11:10

Review of Kehoe Cup action

A late goal from Craig Doyle ensured Carlow's presence in the semi-finals of the Kehoe Cup after their 1-13 to 1-10 win over Dublin/Fingal in what was undoubtedly the tie of the day.

The Dublin/Fingal side led for most of this game but a classy comeback by an eager Carlow side saw them take the spoils.

It was only in the final quarter of this contest that Carlow managed to pull away and the Fingal side made all of the early running leading by 1-03 to 0-03 after 10 minutes, with their goal coming from Cian O'Mahony, while Karl English and Mark Brennan kept the visitors in touch.

Fingal continued to pull away before the break and built up a 1-06 to 0-04 interval lead thanks to good work from Ronan Lenehan.

Carlow cut the gap to a goal within eight minutes of the restart thanks to well-taken points from English (0-2) and Alan Brennan.

The visitors continued to perform strongly and following two excellent points from substitute Dan Coady and another English score, the sides were level.

The momentum was firmly with Carlow at this stage and a third Coady point saw his side hit the front for the first time, with 16 minutes remaining.

Carlow broke into a two-point lead thanks to a long-range free from Shane Kavanagh but two points from placed balls for Conor Henry levelled the contest once more, as extra-time looked likely.

However, the switch of Robbie Foley to full-forward certainly reaped dividends and his pass to Doyle set up the Barrowsiders' match-winning goal.

Carlow will now meet DIT in the semi-finals next Sunday at Newbridge after the students recorded a 1-21 to 1-16 win over Kildare at the same venue this afternoon.

DIT never looked like losing and were 0-03 to 0-00 ahead after just seven minutes.

Kildare found the back of the net on the restart thanks to a Paul Dermody goal which cut the gap at 1-16 to 1-14 but the students, whose goal came from Declan O'Dwyer, failed to give up.

A late comeback never materialised for Kildare despite the best efforts of Billy White from open play and placed balls and DIT's day was summed up with an excellent long range point from Laois' John Walsh who slotted over from 80 yards out.

Meanwhile, Meath will face Wicklow in the other Kehoe Cup semi-final at Navan next Sunday after the Garden County recorded a 3-20 to 3-13 victory over Roscommon today in Bray.