There was early drama when a second minute DIT penalty taken by Conor Madden was well saved by Carlow goalie Robert Samson.
The Dublin students did break through for a 16th minute goal from Paul Brogan which was cancelled out in the 27th minute by a fine finish from Carlow’s Chris Healy. DIT led 1-4 to 1-3 at half time.
Although the home side forged 1-7 to 1-5 ahead in the second half, wind-assisted DIT rattled off a series of unanswered points, with Glenn O’Reilly, Paul Brogan, Ciarán Reddin, Conor Grimes and Cillian Lynn finding the target.
Scorers for DIT: P Brogan 1-2, B McMahon 0-3, C Grimes 0-2 (frees), C Madden 0-2, D O’Reilly, C Reddin, G O’Reilly, C Lynn 0-1 each. .
Scorers for IT Carlow:C Healy 1-1, L Boland 0-3 (0-2f), B Murphy 0-2, B McHugh 0-1f, T Dever, R O’Brien 0-1 each.
DIT: Chris Cashman; G Gallagher, B Power, S Clayton; C Doyle, D O’Reilly, S O’Connor; C Compton, C Reddin; C Madden, B McMahon, G O’Reilly; P Brogan, C Grimes, C Lynn
Subs: D Shatwell for Compton (injured) (34); G Troy for O’Connor (55); D McGrath for Lynn (58); A Fleming for O’Reilly (69).
IT Carlow: R Samson; D Smyth, C Lawlor, J Hendy; G Weldon, A Forde, C Ward; B McHugh, B Murphy; T Dever, N Moynihan, A O’Brien; C Healy, R O’Brien, L Boland.
Subs: N Kane for A O’Brien (h/t); S McGraynor for Moynihan (h/t); R Kelly for Ward (49); L McCabe for Dever (65).
Referee: D Fedigan (Louth).