Carlow minors are out in action on Saturday after a break last weekend.
They are in good form coming off that great victory over Meath last time out. Next up for manager Alan Roche and his men face a trip to Abbotstown to take on Down, and speaking with Scoreline Roche made it seem evident that Carlow are going out with only winning on their mind;
“We have to focus. Unfortunately with the Antrim defeat, that was our first stumbling block and we can not have any more stumbling blocks. If we lose any more games Antrim will probably top the group and we have Westmeath and Meath are chomping at the bit to get ahead of us.”
“It is up to ourselves. Our focus is on Down, and hopefully, we get the two points. The ball is in our court at the moment. If we get those two victories, we will go into the A-side of the Leinster Championship and Play Kildare Offaly or Laois in the first round.”
“That was our goal at the start of the year to get the lads on the A-side, because I think they are good enough and they are a credit to the county.”
At any minor grade, it can be hard to get a good understanding of how your opponents play, especially when you do not come up against them much. That is why Roche outlined it will be important for his charges to focus on their own game.
“From where we are on the map of Ireland we don’t know a lot about Down and Derry. We just focus on ourselves and go up there and attack Down like we did every other team. Then get focused on the last round.”
“Carlow hurling is on the rise with the quality that is there. That is true. There is a great bunch of players coming through.”
Listen to the full interview below on Scoreline Extra :
Elsewhere The six senior hurling teams in Carlow were in action in the first round of the Bolger Cup (Senior Hurling League) competition yesterday evening
There were wins for Bagenalstown Gaels, Naomh Eoin and St. Mullins
Bagenalstown Gaels 0-17 Mt. Leinster Rngs 0-12
Naomh Eoin 1-19 Naomh Brid 0-9
St. Mullins 2-18 Ballinkillen 0-11
The general consensus from players’ teams and supporters it was great to be out again playing competitive hurling again.