Carlow put Antrim out of top flight`
Carlow preserved their status as a Leinster SHC side after a 2-18 to 1-11 win, as both sides finished with 13 men at Dr Cullen Park yesterday.
Antrim could not make the most of an extra man for a large chunk of the game and now drop to the Christy Ring tournament next year.
Antrim trailed by 0-8 to 1-3 at the break but were unable to make wind advantage count during the second-half.
Carlow looked to be in serious trouble when free-taker Martin Kavanagh was sent off after 20 minutes.
They had drawn level at that stage after Antrim got a great boost in the early stages when Conor Johnston found the net.
The sides exchanged points three times in the opening 12 minutes of the second half but then Carlow pulled away with some great hurling despite being down a man.
Coady, John Michael Nolan and Eddie Byrne all struck points and then Sean Murphy set Coady up for a fine goal to make it 1-14 to 1-6 after 51 minutes.
Antrim's woe continued when Ciaran Johnston was sent off. Eddie Coady and Simon McCrory also saw red in the closing stages.
Antrim rallied and while Conor Johnston continued to land frees, they never looked like getting the goals required.
In the closing stages Sean Murphy blasted to the net to seal the win for Carlow and their place in the Leinster SHC next year.