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Carlow win thrilling derby


This article appeared in the Carlow Nationalist & Leinster Times: March 09, 2001 

Dr. Cullen Park, May 18, 1941

Carlow 3-4  v  Laois 3-1

Despite heavy morning rain 8,000 thronged the county grounds to witness a thrilling hours football and a famous Carlow victory.

The Carlow Pipers Band led the parade with a rousing rendition of ‘Follow me up to Carlow’ and the home county responded by sprinting to a 2-2 to 1-1 interval lead, Wille Hosey and Jimma Rea providing the Carlow ‘majors’, Harkins goaling for Laois

Carlow’s third goal came early in the second-half with Hosey fielding and sending to Ned Butler who placed Micky Byrne for the best score of the game.

Laois rallied with goals from Harkins and Delaney but Carlow held out with Hosey, after a pass from Butler, lofting over the last score of the tie.

Kelly and Morris had a decided pull over Haughney and Murphy at mid-field, while Quinlan, Donohue, Moran, the indefatigable Butler and Byrne’s limitless energy were other reasons for Carlow’s success, their first ever SFC victory over Laois, either before or after the ‘Battle of Rathoe’.

CARLOW: J. Quinlan; J. Lawler, L. Moran, J. Archbold; P. Whelan, T. Donohue, C. Nolan; J. Morris, L. Kelly; N. Butler, M. Byrne, W. Hosey; T. Walker, J. Doyle, J. Rea.

LAOIS: M. Guidera; T. Walsh, M. Delaney, D. Walsh; J. Slator, M. Beares, J. McDonald; T. Murphy, M. Haughney; D. Connolly, W. Delaney, W. Murphy; S. Harkins, C. Delaney, D. Douglas.

The Famous ‘Forty-One Marathon

Dr. Cullen Park, June 8, 1941

Quinlan Brilliance!

Carlow 3-10  v  Wexford 4-7

John ‘Pim’ Quinlan was brilliant between the Carlow posts while ‘Drakes’ Walker’s goal was a real beauty in this exciting tussle which saw Wexford lead 2-3 to 1-3 at the break.

Benny Underwood was the Wexford star scoring two second-half goals. Carlow led by four points with time running out before Underwood struck for the second of his goals and this was quickly followed by a point from Jim Murphy. The final whistle sounded on the kick-out. Draw!

Readers may find the admission prices of interest on that Sunday 60 years ago. “Dul Isteach’ was 1/-, with the side-line 1?- extra.

The licensed premises in Carlow town had a special football exemption to facilitate visitors!, remaining open from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

A fully licensed Dance, organised by the O’Hanrahan’s G.F.C., took place in the Town Hall that night, with music from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. by E. O’Connor Ceili Band. Admission 1/6 and 1/-.

Wexford Park, June 22, 1941

Carlow Go Eight Up Then

Carlow 2-7 v Wexford 2-7

“Anyone that could creep, walk or ride a bike broke through the gaps in the Blackstairs” to see this one according to ‘Ogled out in Old Leighlin’ in the ‘Carlow Nationalist’. It was a 47 mile journey for many of the Carlow followers.

They witnessed a dour, but keenly contested game in which fielding and combination was outstanding. Carlow led at half-time by 1-5 to 0-3. Jimma Rea having punched the goal. On resumption a fast move led to another cw goal from Rea - eight up!

Then Wexford woke up. Points were exchanged before Benny Underwood and Jim Murphy reduced the Wexford deficit to just one point with two fine goals. Murphy, as in the first game, floated over the leveller from a free. The home county forced two late ‘50’s which the Carlow backs cleared. Draw!

Croke Park, July 20, 1941

Rea to the Rescue!

Carlow 1-12 v Wexford 3-6

(after extra-time)

That great Carlow forward Jimma Rea came to his county’s rescue in this thriller at Croke Park, on a day they suffered a big loss by the departure of star player, Tom ‘Drake’s Walker, during the first half.

Picture the scene ... Carlow, who had led 0-8 to 1-2 at the interval, were caught for the third time when W. Howlin levelled with a pointed free. Carlow 1-9, Wexford 2-6, Draw!

A Benny Underwood goal just before the end of the first period of extra-time - the only score of the fifteen minutes - looked to put Wexford in a strong position.

But Carlow’s staying power, “a tribute to Jack Dundon’s expert training”, proved decisive. Rea kicked a good point, then followed with another after good approach work by Micky Byrne. Carlow mounted a glorious attack, John Doyle was fouled close in but effected a pass to Rea who levels! Another Draw!!!

The Nationalist informed us that “with the shortage of fuel the bicycle was back to it’s own” while “the running commentary by Michael O’Hehir was thorougly enjoyable. We learn from the ‘Muinebheag Notes’ that “The Wexford and Carlow marathon has certainly brought football interest in the county to real fever pitch. This was clearly shown during the hours of 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday when the streets of the town and all roads in the neighbourhood were completely deserted by the male element and in every room where there was a wireless set the air of expectations was at times so marked that you could hear the proverbial pin drop”.

Croke Park, July 27, 1941

Convincing Carlow Victory

Carlow 2-8 v Wexford 0-3

A tropical sun shone down on G.A.A. headquarters for this historic fourth Championship meeting of Carlow and Wexford. It took 270 minutes to separate these South Eastern neighbours but in the end it was the men in red, yellow and green who ran out convincing winners.

Carlow were ahead 0-4 to 0-1 at half-time, with John Doyle having registered all four points. John ‘Buller’ Moore was side-lined just before the short whistle while referee J. Malone of Kildare also gave E. Walsh of Wexford his marching orders.

On resumption Jimma Rea cracked home a great goal after good work by Luke Kelly and John Doyle. The match clinching, marathon clinching goal came following a typically flowing Carlow passing movement. Micky Byrne, Ned Butler, Doyle and ‘Drakes’ Walker were all involved with Byrne planting the leather in the Wexford net. Game over!

The team on the final day of an unprecedented marathon were: CARLOW: J. Quinlan; J. Darcy, J. Lawler, J. Archbold; P. Whelan, T. Donohue, L. Moran; L. Kelly, J. Morris; J. Moore, M. Byrne, J. Rea; T. Walker, J. Doyle, N. Butler.

WEXFORD: P. Lynch; J. Furlong, P. Maguire, M. Morris; J. Goodison, T. Redmond, J. O’Connor; W. Walsh, W. Kielty; W. Howlin, J. Foley, T. Somers; B. Underwood, L. Furlong, P. Roche. Subs: B. Corish, J. Nolan.

[ PERVIOUS ] [ Laois nationalist 1999 ]

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