Carlow and Westmeath claimed wins in the opening round of Division 2A of the Hurling League this afternoon.
At Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow earned a facile 17-point win over Down as they accounted for the Mourne men on a 3-17 to 1-06 scoreline.
Kevin Ryan's charges never looked troubled and led by 1-5 to 0-2 courtesy of Craig Doyle's 23rd-minute goal.
Down bounced back with a Danny Toner goal but rued nine first half wides, as Carlow led by 1-9 to 1-2 at the break.
Goals from Marty and Shane Kavanagh on the restart cemented Carlow's position and they had little difficulty in seeing out the result.
Brendan Murtagh bagged the bulk of Westmeath's points in their 0-19 to 3-8 victory over Kerry at Cusack Park.
Westmeath led by 0-12 to 1-6 at half-time, with Kilkenny native Willie O'Dwyer netting for the visitors.
Kerry moved ahead following a brace of Mikey Boyle goals, holding a 3-8 to 0-16 lead late on, but three unanswered points from Murtagh ensured a home triumph.
Jonathan O'Neill snatched an equaliser for Wicklow as the Garden County side shared the league points in their 0-14 to 1-11 draw with Derry at Aughrim.
Derry led by 1-7 to 0-9 at half-time, with Shane Farren netting the Oak Leafers' goal.
Wicklow hit 10 first-half wides, but their shooting improved on the restart and O'Neill's late point ensured a share of the spoils.