Carlow will make history this weekend with the hosting of New York at Netwatch Cullen Park, the first-ever championship meeting between the two counties in GAA terms.
Sunday’s defeat of Longford ensured that Carlow would finish second in their Tailteann Cup group, setting up home advantage for the draw made on Sunday evening. The sides will meet in Carlow GAA HQ at 5pm on Saturday and while Carlow may be considered favourites for the clash, football analyst Willie Quinlan says Niall Carew’s side won’t be underestimating their American opposition.
“I would definitely take it one game at a time, and I wouldn’t underestimate New York”, Quinlan told this week’s Full Time on KCLR.
“Leitrim went over there in the first round of the championship, and New York got their first-ever win in the championship. It went to extra time and penalties and they won it with a New York player, the last kick of the game. They’ll be looking at Carlow or Division 4 teams who didn’t get out of it this year – still a Division 4 team – (and ask) why can’t they come to Carlow and beat them?”
“I wouldn’t underestimate any team that’s after winning a game in the championship and Carlow, I’m sure Niall Carew and the players definitely won’t underestimate (New York). “
“No disrespect to New York but it’s the most favourable draw Carlow are after getting. It’s going to be fantastic next weekend. I know Carlow never played New York in the championship. For myself and Brendan (Hennessy) it’s our first time to commentate on such a game, hopefully it will be a fantastic day and another win for Carlow.”
“I certainly wouldn’t underestimate anyone that’s in the Tailteann Cup because anyone that’s in it now, after Westmeath last season, they’re in it to win it because the rewards next year are playing for the Sam Maguire. They (Carlow) definitely won’t underestimate then but they’re definitely capable of winning that game on Saturday.”
Carlow v New York is live on KCLR this Saturday at 5pm with thanks to Dan Morrissey & Co. Listen on air, online and in the KCLR app.