It Carlow secured a place in the Fitzgibbon quarter-final vs LIT in LIT next week after a 10 point victory over Mary Immaculate Limerick.
IT Carlow 4-18 Mary Immaculate 1-17
The game began with a very high intensity with both sides showing a lot of fitness, skill and most of all determination. Laois player Stephen ‘Picky’ Maher hit 1-10 through out the game and although he missed his first free, he ensured to hit everything he else he could between the posts. Mary I started very well hitting three points with no answer from David Reidy (free), Ronan Maher and Niall O’Meara. That was the only play Niall O’Meara got to experience as he was forced off with an injury and an ambulance was called for the MIC player.
Both sides used a great amount of hand passing to pick out free players and to get themselves out of trouble. Jack Fagan showed his incredible skill level hitting a sideline over the bar and kicking his goal to the net. It wasn’t just the forward showing tremendous skill levels, at one stage Will Young made a 40 yard run for a crucial hook to stop Darragh O’Donavan what looked to be a serious goal chance.
Conor Doughan hit three long range free’s while keeping his player Declan Hannon out of the game. David Reidy’s accurate free taking kept MIC in touching distance until goals from each of the full-forward line Jack Fagan, Kevin Kelly and Chris Bolger gave Carlow a huge lead going in for the half time break.
Second half scores from Jack Fagan (0-2), Kevin Kelly (0-1), Stephen Maher (1-5, 3f), Conor Doughan (0-2, 2f) extended Carlow’s lead. Martin Harney causing huge trouble in the MIC back line, breaking tackles and was numerous fouled as he dominant at 11 for ITC. A goal from Darragh Corry after great skill gave some Mary I softened the blow of losing to the 2014 league champions.
Next up is a Fitzgibbon quarter-final vs LIT in LIT next Tuesday 2pm.