Rea rescues Éire Óg


Carlow SFC Final/ Éire Óg 1-7 Palatine 0-10: Palatine were forced to a replay by challengers Éire Óg who levelled this Carlow SFC final with an injury-time pointed free by full forward Simon Rea.

In a final watched by an attendance of 3,000, Éire Óg struck for a seventh minute goal from right full forward Eric McCormack. But by half time Palatine, seeking a fifth title, had edged into a 0-5 to 1-1 lead.

Midway through the second half Éire Óg held a two-point lead (1-5 to 0-6) but they kicked four successive wides. Palatine hit back to level with a point from centre back Joe Byrne and a levelling point from free-taker Brian Kelly. Twice in the late stages Palatine went a point in front but Rea struck twice to earn Éire Óg a replay at the same venue next Sunday (3.45).

PALATINE: T Nolan; A Hosey, T O'Shea, J Deering; A Murphy, J Byrne (0-2), G Farrell (0-2); N Reid , B Farrell; J Reid, P Cushen, E McGarry (0-1); P O'Dywer, P O'Toole, B Kelly (0-5, all frees). Subs: P Carroll for O'Toole, J Kenny for Cushin.

ÉIRE ÓG: R Moore; J Ryan, S Myers, A Byrne; P Cashin, C McCarthy, C Bolger; P Kingston, D Hayden; A Curran, J Morrissey, B Carbery; E McCormack (1-2), S Rea (0-5, three frees, one 45). K Hession. Subs: J Reilly for Carbery, D Walker for Kingston.

Referee: J Lawlor(Clonmore)