Carlow could not make it back-to-back victories in the Joe McDonagh Cup on Saturday afternoon as they were comfortably defeated by a determined Kerry unit.
The away side set out their stall right from the throw-in at a blustery Netwatch Cullen Park and looked eager to shrug off last weekend’s opening round defeat to Down. Three points each from Shane Conway and Padraig Boyle moved the Kingdom into a 0-01 to 0-06 lead after 25 minutes, with Carlow’s solitary score coming from Mount Leinster Rangers’ Chris Nolan.
The home side took control of the game prior to half-time and immediately after the interval with a string of Marty Kavanagh frees along with a fine John Michael Nolan drawing the teams level after 40 minutes, Carlow 0-08 to 0-08 Kerry.
Kerry upped the gears from that point onwards, however, with a Padraig Boyle goal the key turning point in what quickly became a one-sided encounter.
Shane Conway and Niall Mulcahy added further goals for the visitors as they cruised to a maiden victory of this campaign.