The under 13’s went down 31-0 to Athy today at Oak Park in the Leinster Cup. Carlow were well in the game only trailing 12-0 with only 10 minutes to go. Carlow got off to the worst possible by conceding a try after only 3 minutes of play. After a huddle under the posts the lads got stuck in and competed very well all over the field. Indeed, if things had gone their way, they may have breached the Athy line just before half time. In the first half the spoils were even between both teams. Carlow competed very well at the breakdown and won their fair share of ball in both the rucks and lineouts. Outstanding defensive effort from star man, Aaron Gordon playing at hooker was equalled by centers Fionn Anthony and Stephen Smyth kept Carlow well in the game. Going forward things just didn’t happen as time after time the ball was spilled in contact. At half time trailing only 5-0 the lads had the belief that an upset might be on against the premiership opposition. It was great to witness the boys at half time egging each other on for the second half. In the second an early try for Athy didn’t in any way dampen the boys spirits. They kept pressing and competing throughout. With injury to key player Jody Doyle Hutton, Athy eventually turned the screw in the last ten minutes to run in a further three tries. As Carlow tired those who came of the bench made a large contribution notably Sean Byrne who was put at the unfamiliar role of scrum half. Overall, all the squad put in their best performance of the season with good displays from Jason Brennan, Fionn Anthony, Duirmuid Long, Jack Thompson and the busy Terry Cassidy. The kicking out of hand by Kyle Nolan was outstanding. The team will now compete in the Plate competition where they will feel they could go a long way with this kind of effort. Back to the league next week v Roscrea.