carlow comeback downs waterford

01 March 2017

A seven goal thriller saw Carlow Institute come from behind to edge out Waterford College with a late winner and take the Colleges and Universities Division Four title for the first time.


Waterford looked comfortable on the hour and had established a two goal lead after Craig Hayes the Wexford FC forward had netted twice.

The first goal arrived just on half time when his fiercely struck drive was deflected past goalkeeper Jamie Lawlor by a defender.

Hayes was on target again 15 minutes into the second half after he met a Sean Duffy cross field pass first time to steer the ball over Lawlor for a classy finish.

Carlow refused to be written off and they responded in fine style with goals from Jordan Murphy and Jordan Harmon to level the game with 12 minutes remaining.

Back came Waterford and Duffy put them in front again on 81 minutes before Davis Pedro quickly fired in the equaliser after he ran on to a long clearance and slipped the ball past goalkeeper Nathan Byrne.

The drama wasn't over yet as Carlow grabbed the winner minutes later when Adam Doyle got a touch to an Evan Phillips free kick and beat Byrne at the far post.

WATERFORD COLLEGE OF FE: Nathan Byrne; Garry Gleeson, Cian St Ledger, Niall Dunphy, Gabriel Samuel; Eoin Smith, Stephen O'Brien, Vasile Coicerhan, Sean Duffy; Craig Hayes, Martin Murray.
SUBS: Miki Hearne (for Murray 83 mins), James O'Shea, Shipqrim Gashi, Sergio Hanes, Robert Cloney, Maxamed Xussen, Ricard Nugent.

CARLOW INSTITUTE OF FE: Jamie Lawlor; Evan Dunphy, Adam Doyle, Bobby Doogue, Evan Phillips; Conor Owens, Jordan Murphy; Chris Bermingham, Jordan Harman, Osasere Eghe Ohenmwen; Davis Atko Pedro.
SUBS: Maxwell Mattos (for Ohenmwen 50 mins), Martin Boki (for Doogue 70 mins), Dylan Wynne, Mark Reade, Colm Hulton, Gary Lambe, Robin Galbraith.

REFEREE: Adam Conroy Assistants: Andy Byrne, John Thornton.

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