Round 2B Qualifier: Broderick stars for Carlow
All Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round 2B
CARLOW 2-14 LEITRIM 0-13
By Declan Rooney at Netwatch Cullen Park
Goals from Paul Broderick and Ciaran Moran in the second-half saw Carlow recover from a poor opening half to take their place in Round 3B.
Both teams finished with 14 men as Chris Crowley and Brendan Gallagher were shown straight red cards late on.
After an impressive opening half, Leitrim fell away and only added four points to their tally.
Following on from their heavy Connacht Championship defeat to Roscommon, Leitrim were fluid in attack and solid in defence initially.
The first point of the game fell to Paul Broderick after the home side broke well out of defence, but Leitrim hit them with a powerful 10 minutes where they kicked five points without reply.
A late introduction at midfield, Conor Cullen did much of the damage with his accurate kick passing into the full-forward line – Ryan O’Rourke, in particular, benefited from his assists – but it was Cullen who kicked the early leveller, before O’Rourke made it 0-2 to 0-1 in the fifth minute.
In that spell of Leitrim pressure Carlow could have hit a goal, but John Murphy flashed his shot across the face of Brendan Flynn’s goal, but at the other end O’Rourke and Brendan Gallagher made it 0-5 to 0-1 for Leitrim by the 13th minute.
It was some relief when Gary Kelly landed Carlow’s second point, and despite Ronan Kennedy’s free, Broderick landed two frees to trim the lead to two points by the 22nd minute.
Broderick was off the mark with a couple of simple frees in the first-half, which meant Leitrim could maintain their advantage. Two points from Brendan Gallagher and Kennedy meant Leitrim lead 0-9 to 0-7 at the interval.
The fire and accuracy seemed to disappear from Leitrim after the restart as Carlow’s physicality and direct running began to cause problems.
Captain Darragh Foley pointed from distance to put just one between the sides, but in the 42nd minute Broderick landed an even long range score to level the game at 0-9 each.
And two minutes later Broderick hit the crucial goal. It came from a typical surging run from Sean Murphy through the heart of the Leitrim defence, but Broderick’s finish from a tight angle was perfect.
Points from Sean Gannon and Foley made it an unanswered 1-4 for Carlow, but Leitrim finally landed their first point of the second-half when O’Rourke scored in the 56th minute, which was added to by substitute Darragh Rooney.
But Carlow had a powerful finish in reserve, and they ran out easy winners as Kieran Nolan, Ciaran Moran and Shane Clarke pointed, before Moran rattled the second goal seven minutes from time.
Scorers for Carlow: Paul Broderick 1-6 (3fs), Darragh Foley 0-2 (1f), Ciaran Moran 1-1, Eoghan Ruth 0-1, Gary Kelly 0-1, Kieran Nolan 0-1, Sean Gannon 0-1, Shane Clarke 0-1.
Scorers for Leitrim: Ryan O’Rourke 0-4, Ronan Kennedy 0-4 (4fs), Brendan Gallagher 0-2 (1f), Conor Cullen 0-1, Darragh Rooney 0-1, Keith Beirne 0-1 (f).
CARLOW: Robbie Molloy; Chris Crowley, Shane Redmond, Barry John Molloy; Danny Moran, Daniel St Ledger, Gary Kelly; Sean Murphy, Sean Gannon; Alan Kelly, Darragh Foley (c), Eoghan Ruth; Paul Broderick, Ciaran Moran, John Murphy.
Subs: Shane Clarke for Alan Kelly (half-time), Mark Rennick for Molloy (half-time), Kieran Nolan for Gary Kelly (57), Darragh O’Brien for Broderick (67), Jamie Clarke for Moran (67), Conor Lawlor for Sean Murphy (72).
LEITRIM: Brendan Flynn; Oisin Madden, Paddy Maguire, Michael McWeeney; James Rooney, Gary Reynolds, Ronan Gallagher; Shane Moran, Dean McGovern; Brendan Gallagher, Conor Gaffney, Conor Cullen; Ryan O’Rourke, Ronan Kennedy, Gary Plunkett.
Subs: Niall McGovern for D McGovern (35 mins BC), Darragh Rooney for Plunkett (45), Damien Moran for Shane Moran (45), Noel Plunkett for Ronan Gallagher (51), Keith Keegan for James Rooney (58), Keith Beirne for Kennedy (69).
REFEREE: Padraig Hughes (Armagh).