The Carlow U20 hurlers could not get their first win of the season on Saturday afternoon as they failed to get the better of a spirited Kildare team in Hawkfield.
Martin Byrne’s side had suffered a heavy 1-12 to 3-18 defeat at home to Laois in the opening round of the Development League in February and were seeking to bounce back with a positive performance and result.
And while the performance certainly improved in tough conditions against the Lilywhites, the result they desired did not come for the Barrowsiders.
The home side held the slightest of advantages at the interval as both sides exchanged fine goals before half-time to leave the scoreboard reading Kildare 1-09 to 1-08 Carlow.
The second half turned into a game of frees and point-taking as the Leinster rivals showed finesse and quality in an entertaining thirty minutes of hurling.
However, Kildare outscored their opponents and sealed a deserved but hard-fought victory against a valiant Carlow outfit.
Next up for Carlow is a knockout tie against Meath on St. Patrick’s Day in Kiltale at 12pm.