There were four games in the Carlow Senior Football Championship this weekend.
On Friday night, Palatine defeated Mount Leinster Rangers on a scoreline of 1-19 to 0-05. On Saturday evening, Ballinabranna lost to Tinryland, and Old Leighlin came away with a 2-06 to 2-12 loss to county champions Rathvilly.
The curtain raiser though on Friday night was last year’s county finalists Eire Og and semi-finalists Bagenalstown Gaels. An entertaining draw was played out at Netwatch Cullen Park with the final score reading 1-14 to 3-08. It was a hard-fought battle between the two sides, with a few Eire Og players receiving their marching orders. Speaking with Scoreline after the game, Eire Og manager Turlough O’Brien lamented his side’s lack of luck;
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“Well, they had three extra men so I was not that surprised by the result at the end of the day. I thought we showed great character, and played fantastic football in the second half, we just did not get the rub of the green.”
“It was a good game, Bagenalstown was very well organised. There was a strong breeze in the first half, they played smart. We made a lot of mistakes in the first half, unforced errors, poor choices, and kicking from difficult positions.”
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In regards to the dismissals Turlough was very diplomatic in his assessment;
“I have to see it again, I suppose, isn’t that what they always say?”
Finally, the former Carlow senior football manager made it quite evident he is happy to be back in management.
“It is wonderful to be back.”
Listen back to the full interview on Scoreline Extra: