Hurling League Division 2A round-up

Carlow, Westmeath and Kerry all registered victories in Division 2A of the Hurling League over the weekend.

Carlow, Westmeath and Kerry all registered victories in Division 2A of the Hurling League over the weekend.

At Dr Cullen Park, home side Carlow maintained their unbeaten run with a comfortable 2-22 to 0-12 win over Derry.

Carlow led by 1-11 to 0-2 at half-time, and extended their advantage to 1-20 to 0-7 with seven minutes left on the clock.

Despite the best efforts of Derry free-taker Paddy Henry at the opposite end, the visitors leaked scores galore.

Carlow's second goal came late in this contest to further add to Derry's woes.

On Saturday, Brendan Murtagh registered 2-9 (1-6 from frees) as Westmeath earned a flattering 3-19 to 0-10 victory over Wicklow at Cusack Park in Mullingar.

The hosts led by 0-9 to 0-6 at half-time, but Westmeath never looked back once Paul Greville kicked the ball to the back of the Garden County net in the 43rd minute.

Wicklow's woes were compounded late on when Geoffrey Bermingham was dismissed on a second yellow card.

Meanwhile, Kerry came out on top in a high-scoring clash at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney, beating Down by 4-27 to 1-21.

This encounter provided great entertainment throughout, with a large crowd present, as the Kerry footballers' game with Laois in the Allianz Football League provided the second part of a double-header.

Kerry led by 2-12 to 0-16 at the interval, with Shane Brick and Aidan Boyle netting the hosts' first half goals.

Down hit back with a goal from Paul Braniff in the second half as he slotted home a 21-metre free.

However, Kerry always had that extra edge with goals from Boyle and Shane Nolan paving the way for a 15-point success.

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