Bagenalstown Gaels grabbed their first victory in the JJ Kavanagh & Sons Carlow SHC on Friday night as they defeated Naomh Brid on a scoreline of 2-14 to 0-15.
It was the perfect response to their opening round defeat at the hands of champions Mount Leinster Rangers as they got their campaign back on track.
Next up for Bagenalstown is a tricky clash with last year’s defeated finalists St Mullin’s as they begin preparations for what they will hope will be a surprise result.
Speaking after this side’s win on Friday night, Bagenalstown Gaels manager Gavin Nolan was pleased with the performance but reiterated the need to constantly improve at this level.
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He said: “Tonight was all about trying to get the win. We had a setback against Mount Leinster Rangers last week.
“It was a hard-fought match tonight and we stayed digging in to get the win. It’s a round-robin competition so you have to move on very quickly and get ready for the next match.
“We got a bit of game time into some of our players who were missing last week.
“It’s the way it’s going because with so many games you’re bound to pick up some injuries. We’re trying to build a panel where anyone can step into the fold but it is important to get as many players as we can on the pitch.
“We took our chances to day when we needed to. It’s all a work in progress though and it’s important that we can get a victory behind us.
“It’s a very intense period with the amount of games there are so we’re delighted with how we played tonight but we know that there’s a lot of room for improvement too.”