Carlow and Monaghan clashed this evening in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship qualifiers, with few giving the home side a chance of upsetting the Ulster giants.
However, following wins over Wexford, London and Leitrim, Turlough O’Brien’s side were rising in confidence, and a shock was very much on the cards.
While the county was buzzing ahead of the clash, it was very much business as usual for Carlow goalkeeper Craig Kearney, who was occupied with selling tickets for the clash in which he was to be involved.
This tweet, sent out before the match, summed up the stark contrast between amateur GAA players and professional athletes in other sports.
— Mousie (@Istanbulos05) July 15, 2017
Carlow were on the brink of creating history in the game itself, which would have caused the shock of the summer if they saw off a fancied Monaghan side. A goal from Gary Kelly gave them a two-point lead in the second half, before losing 1-12 to 1-07 in the end.
Malachy O’Rourke’s Division 1 continue on as they look to successfully navigate the qualifiers for the first time this decade.