A good day in the offices!
Offaly hurlers hit a big score at home to Kerry while the footballers returned from Aughrim with a four point victory in their Allianz League games on Sunday, 16th May
Hurling: Offaly 2-28, Kerry 0-13
Offaly have suffered a lot at the hands of Kerry in recent years, but turned a corner on Sunday with an emphatic victory in Bord na Mona O’Connor Park.
Following hot on the heels of their opening win of the season away to Meath, Michael Fennelly’s charges dominated most of the game.
Ahead by 0-6 to 0-5 at the first half water break, The Faithful County surged ahead and had built up a 2-16 to 0-7 interval lead, with the goals scored by Liam Langton and Jason Sampson. There were no further goals but Offaly added another dozen points to build up their confidence ahead of their next challenge away to Carlow.
Offaly Scorers: Liam Langton 1-6; Eoghan Cahill (3f) 0-8; Brian Duignan 0-5; Jason Sampson 1-0; Oisin Kelly, John Murphy 0-2 each; Shane Kinsella, Leon Fox, David Nally, Killian Sampson, Padraic Guinan 0-1 each.
Offaly: Conor Clancy; Jordan Quinn, Ciaran Burke, David King; Brian Watkins, Ben Conneely, Killian Sampson; Leon Fox, Ross Ravenhill; Shane Kinsella, Liam Langton, Brian Duignan; Oisin Kelly, Adrian Hynes, Eoghan Cahill.
Subs: Jason Sampson for Hynes; Padraic Guinan for Watkins; John Murphy for Kinsella; David Nally for Fox; Shane Dooley for Cahill; Aidan Treacy for Conneely.
Football: Offaly 1-14, Wicklow 1-10
Offaly footballers enjoyed a four point winning margin in Aughrim and the margin of victory could have been bigger at the end.
Despite the concession of an early goal against the run of play, Offaly hit some wonderful points in the first half and then, just before the break, Colm Doyle slotted home a well-taken goal.
Offaly found it difficult to build on their lead in the second half and Wicklow cut the gap to just three points with ten minutes remaining. But substitutes Niall McNamee, Shane Horan and Cian Farrell were among the players who stepped up to contribute important points late on and ensure John Maughan’s men approach next Saturday’s fixture versus Limerick in a positive frame of mind.
Offaly Scorers: Joe Maher (2f) 0-3; Colm Doyle 1-0; Bernard Allen and Niall McNamee (1f) 0-2 each; Paddy Dunican (’45’), Jordan Hayes, Anton Sullivan, Bill Carroll (mark), Ruairi McNamee, Cian Farrell and Shane Horan 0-1 each.
Offaly: Paddy Dunican; Declan Hogan, Eoin Rigney, Niall Darby; Colm Doyle, Johnny Moloney, Jordan Hayes; Peter Cunningham, Eoin Carroll; Bill Carroll, David Dempsey, Anton Sullivan; Bernard Allen, Joe Maher, Ruairi McNamee.
Subs: Niall McNamee for Maher; Cian Donohoe for Doyle; Cian Farrell for Allen; Shane Horan for Sullivan; Carl Stewart for Dempsey; Rory Egan for Hayes.