Leinster League Division 1B
CARLOW will be hoping that this Leinster League game against Boyne will have rid the team of multiple gremlins before facing Longford next Sunday in the Towns Cup.
Carlow travelled to the Drogheda-based Boyne minus some regulars but still hopeful for a win that would cement their fourth place in the Division 1A table.
However an error-strewn game gave Boyne a 32-10 win which pushed the home side above Carlow into fourth.
The malaise started early. Within a couple of minutes, Boyne had kicked a penalty. This was followed by what seemed a soft penalty try which put the home side 10 points ahead about five minutes into the match. With the wind advantage, Boyne scored again to lead 17-3 at the interval.
After the turnaround the visitors couldn’t be faulted for effort but the execution contained far too many knock-ons, forward passes, missed tackles and needless penalty concessions.
Some of this could be attributed to Carlow trying to force the game. Out-half Fionnan Burke did get through for a good try for the visitors but the more clinical Boyne scored another 15 points, including two tries.
One of the brighter parts of the game was the performance of Phil Lonergan playing his first game for Carlow firsts in the front row. Along with John Murphy and Larry McGrath, Carlow at least held their own in the scrums. However the dominant emotion for the visitors was one of frustration. Carlow finished the game with 13 men following two sin binnings in the last 10 minutes.
Carlow: Peter Hennessey, Sam Cullen, Pat Connors, Richard Whyte (c), Calum Murphy, Fionnan Burke, John Whyte, Phil Lonergan, John Murphy, Larry McGrath, Wes Shirley, Thomas Whitney, Jack Hickey, Chris Challe, Ross Elmes. Subs: Ross Byrne, Steve Treacy, Sam Dunne, Harry Hennessey, Daithi Murphy.
Carlow’s seconds men’s side also travelled to Drogheda to play Boyne in the Leinster League. They really needed a win to top the table but were foiled when the home side scored a late try to draw the game.
Carlow’s score total included tries by full-back Liam Slater, out-half Harry Hennessey and wing forward Eddie Keating. Hennessey also scored two conversions while Slater was successful with two penalties.
The next outing for Carlow seconds will be this Friday night, 13 March, at 7.45pm at Oak Park when they play Birr in the first round of the 2020 Seconds Towns Cup.
Carlow: Liam Slater, Sam Dunne, Daithi Murphy, Tom Bolger, Eoin Rea, Harry Hennessey, Tommy McDonald, Alan Byrne, Mark Slye, Rhys Roberts, Zach Fitzhenry, Owen Holland, Ed Keating, Sean Southgate, Steve Treacy.
Provincial Towns Cup: Longford v Co Carlow, at CPL Park, Sunday, 3pm; Naas v Tullow, at Forenaughts, Sunday, 3pm
Provincial Towns Seconds Cup: Co Carlow v Birr, at Oak Park, Friday, 7:45pm