Carlow booked their place in the Division 4 promotion play-off on Saturday afternoon following a late 2-12 – 2-11 victory at home to Wexford at Netwatch Cullen Park.
Reacting to his side’s dramatic comeback, Carlow manager Niall Carew told KCLR’s Scoreline that the players showed immense “character” to recover from five points down.
He said: “Our decision making was very poor in the second quarter but the one thing about this group is that they never give up. The character is in the players.
“We didn’t coach that; it’s just instilled within the players. They really are a great bunch of boys.”
Despite the victory, Carew was heavily critical of the performance of the officials, questioning why they should not feel the same need to improve as teams across the country do.
“Some of the refereeing was very poor today. We need to improve but officials need to improve as well.
“Some big decisions went against us today and it’s ok when you win but it’s very hard to take when you lose.
“We’re a small county trying to do our best and it’s tough to take when the officials make poor decisions.”
Carew is hopeful that the nature of the victory will strengthen the spirit and togetherness of the entire panel as they seek promotion from Division 4 of the Allianz National Football League.
“I’d be hoping that this win will propel this group. We have performed in every single game since I have been here.
“We’re in a great place and we’re just really looking forward to two weeks’ time and hopefully we can gain promotion out of Division 4.”
Listen to the interview below: