DDSL begin Kennedy Cup defence with a win
The DDSL, seeking their sixth win in the 32-team U-14 inter-league competition in seven years, led their spirited opponents 1-0 at half-time, thanks to a well-taken goal from Evan Ferguson.
When St Kevin's Boys striker Ferguson headed home his second goal early in the final quarter, Carlow's stubborn resistance was finally broken. Further goals from Cherry Orchard's Thomas Lonergan and Jamie Kelly, late on, sealed the win.
Elsewhere, the Cork Schoolboy League, seeking their first Kennedy Cup success in 29 years, opened with a comfortable 3-0 victory over the Drogheda League. The Leesiders had a a brace from Midleton's David Cremin, while Ben O'Connor, of Corinthian Boys, also netted.
Home side, the Limerick and District Schoolboy League (LDSL) began with a hard-earned 2-1 victory over local rivals North Tipperary. Second half goals from Darragh Murray, of Aisling Annacotty, and Corbally Utd's Cian Specht, secured the three points for the LDSL.
Each of the 32 teams competing in the Kennedy Cup will play two fixtures on Tuesday after which the group stages of the competition will be complete.
Kennedy Cup Day 1 Results:
Kerry 2-1 Roscommon; Cavan/Monaghan 3-1 Mayo;
Limerick Desmond 3-0 Wicklow; Wexford 1-4 Clare;
Galway 1-1 NEC; Donegal 1-2 Kilkenny;
Midlands 2-0 WWEC; North Tipperary 1-2 Limerick District;
DDSL 4-0 Carlow; Athlone 1-1 South Tipperary;
NDSL 4-0 Longford; Dundalk 2-0 Inishowen;
Kildare 1-3 Limerick County; SDFL 1-1 West Cork;
Cork 3-0 Drogheda; Waterford 1-0 Sligo Leitrim