RATHVILLY landed a stunning upset today at Netwatch Cullen Park when they won their first Carlow SFC title since 2014, depriving the fancied Éire Óg a fifth successive title in the process.
Brian Murphy was the top scorer on the day and his early goal gave his team the ideal start but it wasn’t long before Éire Óg struck with a goal of their own through Chris Blake.
Rathvilly led by 1-4 to 1-2 at the water break but a strong second quarter from Éire Óg saw them restore parity by half time, 1-6 apiece.
It was still level by the second half water break, 1-9 each, but it was in the final quarter that Rathvilly finally pulled away. The Murphy brothers, Brian and Brendan, shared three points between them and after they had a let off when Robbie Molloy saved well to deny Murtough Ware, Rathvilly made sure of the win when Eric Molloy, who played National League soccer for Waterford and Shelbourne this season, was able to turn home a loose ball.
That left the scoreline at 2-12 to 1-10 and it’s a win that Rathvilly, who lost three finals since their last success, will savour for some time to come.
For full coverage of this game see Tuesday’s paper.
Rathvilly: Robbie Molloy; Barry John Molloy, Paul Curran, Dara Curran; Josh Moore, Conor Doyle, Paraic Deering; Brendan Murphy (0-01), Ed Finnegan; Kevin Murphy, Alan Kelly, Colin Byrne; Brian Murphy (1-08 6fs), Brian Smith, Jake Elliott (0-03 1f).
Subs: Eric Molloy (1-00) for Kelly (42), Danny Molloy for Byrne (54), Tony Bolger for Deering (56), Padhraig Bolger for Elliott (62).
Éire Óg: Robbie Moore; Jordan Lowry, Mark Fitzgerald, Benny Kavanagh (0-01); Jordan Morrissey, Mark Furey, Paul McElligott; Kelvin Chatten, Sean Gannon; Ross Dunphy, Adam Murphy, Recce Denieffe; Darragh O’Brien (0-05fs), Chris Blake (1-03), Colm Hulton.
Subs: Murtough Ware for Denieffe (h/t), Niall Quinlan (0-01f) for Hulton (51), Eoghan Ruth for Murphy (51), Shane Buggy for Fitzgerald (56), Lee Moore for Furey (62).
Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Palatine)