Carlow have been eliminated from the All-Ireland Junior Football Championship following a disappointing defeat to Antrim in Sunday’s semi-final.
The outcome was a repeat of last year’s encounter between the counties as Antrim never let up in Dunleer to advance to the decider.
The Ulster side got off to the perfect start with an Aine Tubridy goal and two points from Orlaith Prenter giving them an early 1-03 to 0-00 lead.
That start proved to be detrimental for Ed Burke’s team as they never got to grips with their opponents despite showcasing their never say die attitude throughout the contest.
Both teams exchanged points as the first half went on but the Barrowsiders could not eat into that deficit as they went into the half-time break trailing by five points, Antrim 1-10 to 0-08 Carlow.
That was as close as they would get to their opponents as Antrim moved further and further away as the second half progressed.
Two goals along with a string of points meant Carlow had no answer to Antrim’s scoring power and could not get back in the game.
Despite the defeat, it has been a successful year for Carlow with the biggest attendance at a ladies football game in the county taking place last month for their clash with New York at Netwatch Cullen Park, while they also defeated Fermanagh and Derry on their way to finishing top of their group.