Hurling League Division 2A round-up

Derry, Kerry and Carlow all gained wins following three entertaining encounters in Division 2A of the Hurling League today.

Derry, Kerry and Carlow all gained wins following three entertaining encounters in Division 2A of the Hurling League today.

At Pairc Esler in Newry, Derry registered their first win of the campaign thanks to a hard-earned 1-20 to 1-14 victory over hosts Down.

Ger Rogan's side never trailed in this game, with the visitors energetic from the off and holding a 0-4 to 0-0 lead early on.

Paddy Henry, who ended the game with 0-12 (0-11f), was in impressive scoring form as Derry led by 0-11 to 0-8 at half-time.

A Brendan Quigley goal helped Derry move 1-15 to 0-9 ahead on the restart.

Down sprung to life after a long range Paul Braniff free went all the way into the back of the Derry net to cut the gap to six points.

But Derry held out until the finish, with relegation now a strong possibility for Down.

Kerry recovered back-to-back defeats in recent weeks to take a 2-22 to 1-12 triumph over Wicklow at Aughrim.

Shane Nolan registered both of the Kingdom's goals in a game where they always looked in the ascendancy.

Nolan's first goal got Kerry off to a tremendous start after just five minutes, but the sides were quickly tied at 1-1 apiece following a John Connors goal for the hosts.

John Meyler's charges took control and led by 1-10 to 1-6 at half-time. Kerry looked the stronger outfit in the second period with Nolan's second goal paving the way for a 13-point win.

Carlow carved out the only home win in Division 2A this afternoon, beating Westmeath on a 2-17 to 1-16 scoreline at Dr Cullen Park.

The sides were tied at 0-7 apiece at the break, but Carlow were reduced to 14 men at this stage following the dismissal of teenager Martin Kavanagh.

A Ross Smithers goal edged Carlow 1-11 to 0-8 ahead on the restart.

The hosts then extended their lead to eight points with 20 minutes remaining.

Smithers grabbed a second goal to push Carlow 2-17 to 0-15 ahead late on, and a Brendan Murtagh goal from a 21-metre free was mere consolation for the visitors in injury-time.

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