Carlow cruise to Joe McDonagh Cup win with victory over Westmeath
Carlow have won the inaugural Joe McDonagh Cup with a 2-26 to 1-24 win over Westmeath in the final at Croke Park.
Goals either side of half-time from Carlow gave The Barrowsiders a formidable five-point lead after half-time with the newly crowned champions holding that advantage throughout the rest of the half.
However, whatever hopes Westmeath had of staging a comeback took a significant blow when Derek McNicholas was sent off for picking up his second yellow card with five minutes remaining.
Despite McNicholas' dismissal, Westmeath tagged on a late goal through Niall O'Brien to give the scoreline some respectability as Carlow celebrate their win as the inaugural champions of the Joe McDonagh Cup.
Joe McDonagh Cup Final
Hard luck lads!!!!
We now face Wexford at TEG Cusack Park next weekend.
Congratulations to @Carlow_GAA @westmeath_gaa 1-24@Carlow_GAA 2-26#westmeathgaa #iarmhiabu #joemcdonaghcup #gaa #hurling
— Westmeath GAA (@westmeath_gaa) July 1, 2018
Glory, glory days🏆
What a team & what a performance on the biggest day.
Rising up the Hogan steps and rising up to @gaaleinster Championship Hurling we go in 2019 📶!!!!!!!
A County so proud of these lads. ❤️💛💚
#CarlowRising 🇬🇳 @itcarlow 🇬🇳 pic.twitter.com/xrWCpExynU
— Carlow GAA (@Carlow_GAA) July 1, 2018