Consolidation the goal for Carlow

April 19, 2019

Carlow star Marty Kavanagh strikes a free against Dublin

Marty Kavanagh says staying in the Leinster SHC would consititute success for Carlow this summer.

Having already defied the odds this year by retaining their Allianz Hurling League Division 1 status, the Barrowsiders are now focused on holding their own in Leinster following their promotion from the Joe McDonagh Cup last year.

"It would be just to stay up, that is the number one objective, the St Mullin's sharpshooter told the Irish Independent at yesterday's Beko Club Bua programme launch in Croke Park. 

"To be competitive in every game will be a lot of it as well. We've some really good hurlers and we've savage belief in the group so we'll be disappointed if we're not competitive against teams.

"If you're in the games with 15 or 20 minutes to go, you just don't know what's going to happen so that's our objective. It's so evenly matched between the top four 9(in Leinster) now.

"I suppose with (Joe) Canning injured it brings Galway back a small bit and I would have had them a good bit ahead of the rest. Sure Dublin are going well as well. But probably one win would do it (keep Carlow up).

"I suppose Dublin at home is the game you'd look at to get a result but we can't look past Galway and Kilkenny either because you just don't know what's going to happen. Why not try to get a win in those?"

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