New Antrim hurling boss Kevin Ryan sees Saffrons beaten in opener

Kevin Ryan is being tipped to land the Antrim hurling job

Kevin Ryan's first game as Antrim hurling boss ended in defeat as his former side Carlow beat the Saffrons 1-17 to 0-10 in the Walsh Cup.

Carlow led by 0-11 to 0-6 at the interval with Marty Kavanagh claiming four first-half points for the hosts.

Neil McManus tried hard to keep the Saffrons in touch from frees during the opening half but Carlow moved 1-15 to 0-6 ahead at Dr Cullen Park.

Paul Coady netted the only goal after he was set up by Kavanagh.

McManus cut the gap with a point entering the final quarter but scores were at a premium for Antrim in second half, which saw them held scoreless over a 12-minute spell.

Carlow now welcome beaten All-Ireland finalists Galway to Dr. Cullen Park next weekend while for Antrim a Walsh Shield tie awaits.

Armagh and Derry claimed wins in the Kehoe Cup while Down and Queens University Belfast suffered defeats.

David Carvill top-scored with 1-5 as Armagh recorded a 2-18 to 1-10 win over St Patrick's College, Drumcondra at Ballyboden.

Goals from Carvill and James King helped Armagh to a 2-12 to 1-5 interval lead, with Conor Joyce registering the students goal.

Derry claimed a 2-20 to 2-11 win over Trinity College Dublin at UCD with Paddy Henry and Diarmuid Shields scoring the Oak Leaf goals and Paddy Henry contributing nine points.

Elsewhere, Wicklow claimed a 1-15 to 0-15 win over Down at Bray with Andy O'Brien hitting 1-8 for the winners.

Down were reduced to 14 men with three minutes remaining following a second yellow card for Michael Ennis.

Meanwhile, Louth defeated Queen's University 1-13 to 2-8 win at Darver.