Allianz Hurling League Division 2A: Offaly 5-29, Mayo 1-13
By Brian Lowry
Offaly hurlers boosted their score difference in Division 2A of the Allianz Hurling League with a big win over Mayo in the Centre of Excellence at Bekan.
The result was put to bed by half time for the Faithful County, as goals from David Nally (two) and Oisin Kelly set them on their way.
They kept the tempo up in the second half with Nally completing his hat-trick while David King also found the net in the one sided affair. Eoghan Cahill led the way for the Offaly men with 12 points over the 70 minutes while youngster Nally chipped in with a healthy 3-2.
Mayo kept going to the death and a Brian Morley goal in the second half kept them fighting but there was no doubting Offaly’s dominance.
Offaly still have strong hopes of making a league final. With two home games remaining against Wicklow and Antrim, they have their destiny in their own hands while they received a timely boost in their score difference and given the tight nature of the league, that could be vital.
Offaly – E Cahill 0-12 (0-6 frees), D Nally 3-2, O Kelly 1-1, L Fox (0-1 free) and L Langton 0-4 each, D King 1-0, S Cleary and B Murphy 0-2 each, J Sampson and C Kiely (free) 0-1 each.
Offaly: James Dempsey; Andy Flynn, Ben Conneely, Paddy Rigney; Brian Watkins, Cillian Kiely, Brendan Murphy; David King, Eoghan Cahill; Leon Fox, Oisin Kelly, Peter Geraghty; Jason Sampson, Sean Cleary, David Nally. Subs: Mark Egan for B Conneely (H/T), Liam Langton for P Geraghty (H/T), David O’Toole for M Egan inj (47m), Dan Doughan for A Flynn inj (50m), Colm Gath for B Murphy (56m), Ross Ravenhill for J Sampson (60m).