IT Carlow 2-6 Trinity 0-9
IT Carlow edged out a strong Trinity side after a three point victory on home turf on Tuesday night. The home side were excellent in the opening 15 minutes keeping Trinity scoreless and firing over three super points. It was a Niall Kane free who began Carlow’s scoring account followed by a Michael Hurley point after Kane found Hurley from another free where the corner forward pointed with ease at a tight angle. Hurley scored his second of the day when on form Kevin Ryan found danger man Hurley again who turned to his right foot and popped the ball over the black spot. Good defensive play from IT Carlow continued to prevent Trinity from scoring forcing a number of Trinity attacks to end in over-carrying as IT Carlow defended well. IT Carlow were dealt a blow when wing back Tony Dever was forced off with a blood injury after a head on collision with a Trinity player required the number 5 to leave the pitch. Trinity finally got their first score on the scoreboard after Brian Flynn kicked between the posts after a long ball bypassed the IT Carlow defence to leave Flynn inside but the corner forward opted for a point. After a good possession play, Declan Smyth cancelled out Flynn’s point after the defender broke forward to finish. Deadly accurate free taker David Boothnan began his 0-4 tally when Eoin Keogh managed to dribble inside the 13 yard line and was tripped for Boothnan to convert the free. Injured Dever then returned to the pitch as it seemed the impact of his earlier incident didn’t phase the Mayo native. Brian Flynn kicked his second score of the game after he succeeded in keeping the ball in play, bringing the ball back out the wing and slipping the ball inside the post. ITC’s free taker Kane continued his scoring streak finding IT Carlow’s fifth point of the but Morgan Walsh was quick to bring ITC’s lead back to a single point just before the half time whistle sounded.
Trinity caused quite a scare in the second half, Cian Bannon and a Boothnan free pushed Trinity ahead for the first time in the game with the Dubliners now holding most of the possession. Trinity almost had a goal chance but goalkeeper Robert Samson along with the the help of the post kept Trinity still hunting for goals. It was from this shock the home side found a new lease of life recording 2-1 in seven minutes. Mark Sherry supplied IT Carlow with their two quick fire goal as the number 11 ran riot in the full forward position. The first of the two goals came after Sherry knocked down the long pass with his foot which bounced into the hands of waiting Kevin Ryan who made no mistake to punish the Trinity defence. Sherry continued to cause difficulty in the Trinity defence when he found Will Young who blasted the ball to the roof of the Trinity net giving IT Carlow a five point lead in the 46 minute. Boothnan and Eoin O’Neill did manage to score the final two last points of the game but this effort wasn’t enough to cancel IT Carlow’s two second half goals to ensure an IT Carlow victory.
IT Carlow: Robert Samson, Caolon Ward, Thomas Federstone, Isreal Ilunga Dowling,Tony Dever, Dan Dunne, Declan Smyth, Tommy Nolan, Will Young, Niall Kane, Mark Sherry, Chris Conway, Michael Hurley, Craig Barns, Kevin Ryan. Subs: Mark Russell, Barry McHugh, Ronan O’Brien, Chris Healy, Ruairi Kelly
Trinity: Ross O’Hanlon, Jack Bell, Gareth Deering, Tadgh McGaren, Mick O’Grady, Cian Bannon, Morgan Walsh, Eoin Keogh, Sean Barrett, David Boothnan, Eoin O’Neill, Brian Flynn, Conor O’ Driscoll, Sean Wogan.
Player of the match: Kevin Ryan. Ryan found the net at a crucial time in the game to kick start IT Carlow’s win. The corner forward also created many scoring opportunities and both defended and attacked for IT Carlow. The Meath man has been playing exceptionally well for Carlow during their league campaign.
Moment of the match: IT Carlow kicked 2-1 in seven minutes mid-way through the second half after Trinity lead for the first time in the game. The seven points quickly shut down any hope of a Trinity win.
Score of the match: Kevin Ryan had little or no time when Mark Sherry flicked the ball back to the hands of Ryan who showed great composure and skill to bypass the goalie and find the net.
IT Carlow: Kevin Ryan 1-0, Will Young, 1-0 Declan Smyth 0-1, Michael Hurley 0-3, Niall Kane 0-2 (0-2f’s)
Trinity: Brian Flynn 0-1 David Boothnan 0-4 (0-4f’s), Eoin O’Neill 0-2, Morgan Walsh 0-1, Cian Bannon 0-1