Carlow run out handy winners against Leitrim
Early Paul Broderick frees gave visitors early advantage they never lost
Brendan Murphy impressed in midfield for Carlow in the Allianz Football League Divisison Four game against Leitrim in Carrick-on-Shannon. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho
Leitrim 1-4 Carlow 0-12
Leitrim were no match for a stronger and better organised Carlow in a poor game played in wintry conditions at Páirc Seán Mhic Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday.
The home side got off to a good start with an early point from play by Emlyn Mulligan. Despite the advantage of a strong breeze, they struggled for long periods as Carlow, led by the impressive Brendan Murphy at midfield, got to grips with the conditions. They scored five points without reply, including four excellent frees by Paul Broderick to lead by 0-5 to 0-1 after 20 minutes.
Following an exchange of points by Leitrim’s Paddy Maguire and Carlow’s Chris Blake, the home side came more into the game for the remainder of the half with two points by Mulligan to leave them 0-6 to 0-4 in arrears at the interval.
A Gary Kelly point from play immediately on the resumption was followed by three further Carlow points without reply as an increasingly frustrated Leitrim failed to make any impression on a solid Carlow defence led by the half-back line of Gary Kelly, Benny Kavanagh and Derek Hayden.
Then in the 55th minute Leitrim managed to work the ball into the Carlow defence where Ronan Kennedy finished to the net from 20 metres. However the home side failed to score for the remainder of the game and two further Carlow points sealed a deserved victory.
LEITRIM: B Flynn; M Murphy, N Woods, M McWeeney; P Maguire (0-1), G Reynolds, S McWeeney; D Wrynn, S Moran; N O’Donnell, E Mulligan (0-3, one free), K Conlan; J Rooney, R Kennedy (1-0), C Gaffney.
Subs: C Canning for J Murphy (35mins), J McGrail for N O’Donnell (both 35 mins).
CARLOW: R Molloy; B J Molloy, D St Ledger (0-1), G Power; G Kelly(0-1), B Kavanagh, D Hayden(0-1); B Murphy, S Gannon; A Kelly, J Murphy, E Finnegan; P Broderick (0-4, frees), D Foley (0-3, frees), C Blake (0-2).
Subs: D O’Brien for J Murphy(64 mins), D Smith for C Blake (70 mins).
Referee: P Maguire (Longford).