A disappointing string of results in recent weeks was brought to an end for Carlow on Saturday afternoon in Netwatch Cullen Park as they battled to a hard-earned draw against Wexford.
Wexford rushed into a deserved 0-00 to 0-03 lead after a bright start from the away side with the pick of the scores coming from Eoghan Nolan.
Carlow’s Darragh Foley and Tommy Byrne exchanged points midway through the first half as the Yellowbellies took full advantage of a strong breeze blowing into the Cannery End.
Two Foley frees and a fine score from play from DCU student Jordan Morrissey reduced the deficit for Niall Carew’s side at half-time as the scoreboard read Carlow 0-05 to 0-07 Wexford.
With nothing at stake due to both side’s sub-standard league campaign, this game was used by both management teams as key preparation for the upcoming championship campaign.
Carlow began the second half in the exact same manner as their opponents did in the early exchanges of the game as Jamie Clarke scored three excellent points to help the Barrowsiders take the lead for the first time in a well-contested game.
Robbie Brooks equalised for Wexford but the hosts took control of the game as the second half progressed.
Carlow talisman and captain Foley added two frees and a close-range point to edge his side into a 0-11 to 0-09 lead with less than 15 minutes remaining in an entertaining affair.
A Conor O’Grady goal for Wexford looked to have swung the game in Shane Roche’s side’s favour as they moved into a one-point lead.
Carlow were determined to not end their Division 4 campaign with a defeat, however, as Foley and Colm Hulton looked to have given their team a second victory of the year.
That was not to be the case, however, as a point deep into additional time gave Wexford a hard-earned draw.
Both sides will now focus on the Leinster championship.