Defeat means the
drop for Carlow
Leinster League Division 1B
To avoid automatic relegation from Division 1B of the Leinster League Carlow had to get at least a losing bonus match against Gorey at Oak Park on Sunday whilst fellow strugglers Newbridge had to come away pointless from Tullow. Neither result came to pass.
Carlow leaked a try in the fourth minute when Gorey got turnover ball in their own 22, booted up the field, caught the hopping ball and scored under the Carlow posts.
Fifteen minutes in Ritchie Whyte scored a penalty to make it 3-7 but almost immediately Gorey ran in another converted try. Carlow then had a period of sustained pressure in which Wes Shirley stretched in over the try line only to bounce the ball off a Gorey boot and see it go forward in goal.
Meanwhile Whyte goaled one of two penalty chances to leave the half time score Carlow 14-6.
Territorially Carlow had most of the play in a breeze assisted second half but it was the Wexford side that got two more touchdowns for their bonus point win.
So ends a Carlow league season which was peppered with near misses and last-second score concessions. The team under captain James Nolan and coach Alan Galavan lacked nothing in effort and spirit but lady luck deserted them.
In the J2 game which preceded the J1s in Oakpark on Sunday, Gorey also prevailed 25-7. The Carlow try was scored by centre Gearoid Dunbar and converted by Tom Bolger.
Carlow J1: Jeff McDermott, Conor Murphy, Alan Nolan, Simon Walshe, Mark Elmes, Ritchie Whyte, John Whyte, Larry McGrath, James Nolan (C ), Alan Byrne, John Lyons, Wes Shirley, Niall Bermingham, Chris Challe, Ross Elmes. Subs: John Farrell, Ross Byrne, Harry Hennessey, Ed Keating, Thomas Whitney.
Carlow J2: Tom Bolger, Niall O Malley, Colm Harpur, Gearoid Dunbar, Shane Mullins, Harry Hennessey, Paul Byrne, Fred Fitzhenry, Conal Slater, Mark Doody, David Keppel, Hugh Kearnon, Ed Keating, Gavin Whitney. Subs: Michael Ryan, Dale Magee.