Allianz HL D1B: Carlow impress in draw with Galway
Allianz Hurling League Division 1B
CARLOW 0-20 GALWAY 0-20
By Conor McKenna at Netwatch Cullen Park
Colm Bonnar’s Carlow outfit delivered the performance of their lives to claim a draw against Galway, with a magnificent display sealing a point for the home side.
Galway were by no means bad, but hit ten wides in the opening half which proved crucial come full time.
This result will give last year’s Division 2A league champions belief that they can avoid relegation, as Carlow have delivered two very good performances in their opening league games.
Carlow lifted the Christy Ring trophy in 2017 and the Joe McDonagh Cup in 2018 and this result may finally give Carlow the respect they deserve.
It was Galway who opened the scoring with a point from Thomas Monaghan and two placed ball efforts from Joe Canning gave the visitors a three point advantage in the early stages of the game.
One could have been forgiven for thinking this was going to be a one sided affair after the start Galway had but Carlow responded superbly with a free from Martin Kavanagh opening his side's account.
Galway replied with two points from Sean Kilduff and Thomas Monaghan but three successive Carlow scores reduced the deficit to a single point.
Galway held a 0-11 to 0-7 lead at half time but Carlow were fantastic in the second half.
A close range free from Joe Canning after the interval gave his side a five point lead but it was all Carlow from this point onwards.
Four points in succession, three of which came from Martin Kavanagh, reduced the deficit to a single point and momentum was with Carlow at this stage.
Galway could never quite pull away from the home sides who never took the lead throughout the game.
An inspirational score from Aidan Harte looked to have won the game for Galway but Carlow were awarded a free in the last minute, which gave them a chance to level the game.
Martin Kavanagh showed serious guts to slot the free and give his side a historic draw which was fully deserved.
Scorers for Carlow: Martin Kavanagh 0-11 (10f), Seamus Murphy and Chris Nolan 0-2 each, Edward Byrne, Ted Joyce, David English (1f), James Doyle and Sean Whelan 0-1 each.
Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-10 (8f), Sean Kilduff, Johnny Coen and Thomas Monaghan 0-2 each, Brian Concannon, Sean Loftus, Cathal Mannion and Aidan Harte 0-1 each.
CARLOW: Brian Tracey; Alan Corcoran, Paul Doyle, Michael Doyle; Eoin Nolan, David English, Richard Coady; Jack Kavanagh, Sean Whelan; John Michael Nolan, Martin Kavanagh, Seamus Murphy; Ted Joyce, Edward Byrne, James Doyle.
Subs: Chris Nolan for Joyce (54), Jon Nolan for Byrne (59).
GALWAY: Colm Callanan; Darren Morrissey, Jack Fitzpatrick, Sean Loftus; Greg Lally, Padraic Mannion, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, Sean Kilduff; Brian Concannon, Cathal Mannion, Jason Flynn; Joe Canning, Thomas Monaghan, Davy Glennon.
Subs: Sean Bleahene for Glennon (10), Sean Linnane for Lally (h-t), Ronan O’Meara for Monaghan (65).
Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork).