RATHVILLY remain on course to retain the Carlow SFC title following an 0-13 to 1-4 win over a disappointing Tinryland side in Saturday’s quarter-final at Dr Cullen Park.
County senior player JJ Smith was the key man for the champions, hitting 0-9 as his side led 0-9 to 0-2 at the break.
A 33rd minute goal from a Paul Broderick penalty gave Tinryland hope but Rathvilly raised their game to coast through to the semi-final. Broderick scored 1-3 of his side’s meagre total. Rathvilly, seeking an eighth county SFC title, advance to a semi-final with county champions Mount Leinster Rangers, who are on the trail of a championship double.
Meanwhile last year’s beaten county finalists Old Leighlin were in full control in an uninspiring second quarter-final, defeating Kilbride (1-10 to 1-6).
Though Kilbride’s Jimmy Fitzpatrick opened the scoring with a point, the next six scores fell to Old Leighlin who led 0-6 to 0-1 at the break. They also missed a 27th minute penalty when Derry O’Toole denied Cathal Coughlan. A 50th minute goal from Brian Lawler ended the tie as a contest as Old Leighlin led 1-10 to 0-4, leaving the late Kilbride goal from midfielder Darragh Foley as mere consolation.
Old Leighlin face Kildavin-Clonegal in the semi-final.
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