Allianz HL round-up: Carlow, Laois and Derry open with comfortable wins

February 04, 2024

Carlow's Chris Nolan and David English celebrate.
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Carlow impressed in their Allianz Hurling League Division 2A opener today as they handed Kerry a 3-22 to 0-19 defeat in Tralee.

Chris Nolan’s goal after just two minutes saw the Barrowsiders surge towards a 1-5 to 0-0 lead and they’d go on to take in a 10-point advantage at the break.

Fiachra Fitzpatrick and Marty Kavanagh raised the green flags after the turnaround as Tom Mullally’s men laid down an early marker in the division.

Laois also made a strong start to their campaign by seeing off Down on a 2-18 to 0-17 scoreline in Portlaoise.

The hosts’ goals came via Jer Quinlan and Mark Dowling, with the latter’s strike in the 68th minute killing off any hopes of a Mourne comeback.

In Navan, Meath and Kildare played out an entertaining derby opener that saw the home side claim the spoils (2-20 to 3-14).

It was the Lilywhites that edged a 1-9 to 1-7 lead at half-time, but Nicky Potterton's 52nd minute goal saw the Royals take control and they could even afford to concede a James Burke goal at the death as they won out by three in the end.

In Division 2B, Derry also claimed the bragging rights as they recorded a 2-20 to 0-16 win over Tyrone at Celtic Park, while Donegal came away from Wicklow with a comprehensive 2-23 to 0-13 victory and Roscommon saw off London (0-24 to 1-15) in Athleague.

Meanwhile, the opening round in Division 3A saw a 4-14 to 1-20 win for Louth over Monaghan in Dowdallshill and Mayo seeing off Armagh by 1-18 to 2-7 in Castlebar.

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