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Offaly edge out Limerick in tight encounter




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Offaly 0-16

Limerick 1-11

By Fergal O’Brien


Offaly eked out a hard fought but deserved victory this afternoon over Limerick in Bord na Mona O’Connor park in Tullamore. The win leaves Offaly in pole position in Division 3 South to claim a semi-final spot, with Limerick still in the hunt heading into the final round of games.

On a lovely afternoon for football, Offaly’s Joe Maher kicked the game’s first score inside the opening minute, before Limerick’s Hugh Bourke equalized with a mark after five minutes of play. Tubber clubman Bernard Allen, who was terrific throughout, landed two lovely scores off both feet to give Offaly a two point lead before Joe Maher rattled a penalty off the upright after Limerick’s Brian Fanning was black carded.

After the water break there was good shooting from both teams via Offaly’s Allen and Anton Sullivan and a good kick off the boot of Limerick wing back Gerard Brown. Offaly squandered two goal chances within 30 seconds of each other which could have put the game beyond Limerick, firstly from Allen and then from midfielder Eoin Carroll, who’s shot was brilliantly saved by Limerick goalkeeper Donal O’Sullivan. Limerick kicked the last two scores of the half to leave it all square at the interval, five points apiece.


After a very cagey opening half, the game really came to life after the restart with Offaly’s half time substitute Cian Farrell kicking a lovely score off his left, before Limerick gained the initiative with a goal from Hugh Bourke, after great work from full forward Danny Neville. Offaly responded well with points from Allen again and sub Shane Horan to leave Offaly with the slenderest of margins at the second water break, 0-11 to 1-07.

Offaly finished the stronger with their bench making a massive impact including from the experienced Niall McNamee who kicked two great scores. Limerick threw everything at Offaly but the Faithful’s stood firm running out two point winners.

Offaly: Paddy Dunican, Declan Hogan, Eoin Rigney, Niall Darby, Colm Doyle, Johnny Maloney, David Dempsey, Bill Carroll, Eoin Carroll ( 0-01 ); Joe Maher ( 0-01 f ); Jordan Hayes, Anton Sullivan ( 0-01 ); Bernard Allen ( 0-05 ); Peter Cunningham, Ruairi McNamee ( 0-02 ).

Subs: James Lawlor for Hogan, inj, (23), Shane Horan ( 0-02 ) for Bill Carroll (H/T), Cian Farrell ( 0-02 ) for Maher (H/T), Niall McNamee (0-02) for Sullivan (54), Carl Stewart for Dempsey (64), Ciaran Donnelly for Eoin Rigney (64).

Limerick: Donal O’Sullivan, Sean O’Dea, Brian Fanning, Michael Donovan, Tony McCarthy, Robert Childs ( 0-01), Gordon Brown (0-1), Darragh Treacy, Tommie Childs, Cian Sheehan, Cillian Fahy, Iain Corbett, Brian Donovan, Danny Neville ( 0-01 ), Hugh Bourke ( 1-03, 2f, 1m )

Subs: Paul Maher for McCarthy (H/T); Josh Ryan ( 0-04 ) for Sheehan (H/T); Peter Nash for Donavan (54); Luke Murphy for Brown (60); Gerard Stack for Bourke (68); Adrian Enright for Fahy (68).

Referee: John Gilmartin

Man of the match: Bernard Allen

Offaly 0-16

Limerick 1-11

By Fergal O’Brien

Offaly eked out a hard fought but deserved victory this afternoon over Limerick in Bord na Mona O’Connor park in Tullamore. The win leaves Offaly in pole position in Division 3 South to claim a semi-final spot, with Limerick still in the hunt heading into the final round of games.

On a lovely afternoon for football, Offaly’s Joe Maher kicked the game’s first score inside the opening minute, before Limerick’s Hugh Bourke equalized with a mark after five minutes of play. Tubber clubman Bernard Allen, who was terrific throughout, landed two lovely scores off both feet to give Offaly a two point lead before Joe Maher rattled a penalty off the upright after Limerick’s Brian Fanning was black carded.

After the water break there was good shooting from both teams via Offaly’s Allen and Anton Sullivan and a good kick off the boot of Limerick wing back Gerard Brown. Offaly squandered two goal chances within 30 seconds of each other which could have put the game beyond Limerick, firstly from Allen and then from midfielder Eoin Carroll, who’sshot was brilliantly saved by Limerick goalkeeper Donal O’Sullivan. Limerick kicked the last two scores of the half to leave it all square at the interval, five points apiece.

After a very cagey opening half, the game really came to life after the restart with Offaly’s half time substitute Cian Farrell kicking a lovely score off his left, before Limerick gained the initiative with a goal from Hugh Bourke, after great work from full forward Danny Neville. Offaly responded well with points from Allen again and sub Shane Horan to leave Offaly with the slenderest of margins at the second water break, 0-11 to 1-07.

Offaly finished the stronger with their bench making a massive impact including from the experienced Niall McNamee who kicked two great scores. Limerick threw everything at Offaly but the Faithful’s stood firm running out two point winners.

Offaly: Paddy Dunican, Declan Hogan, Eoin Rigney, Niall Darby, Colm Doyle, Johnny Maloney, David Dempsey, Bill Carroll, Eoin Carroll ( 0-01 ); Joe Maher ( 0-01 f ); Jordan Hayes, Anton Sullivan ( 0-01 ); Bernard Allen ( 0-05 ); Peter Cunningham, Ruairi McNamee ( 0-02 ).

Subs: James Lawlor for Hogan, inj, (23), Shane Horan ( 0-02 ) for Bill Carroll (H/T), Cian Farrell ( 0-02 ) for Maher (H/T), Niall McNamee (0-02) for Sullivan (54), Carl Stewart for Dempsey (64), Ciaran Donnelly for Eoin Rigney (64).

Limerick: Donal O’Sullivan, Sean O’Dea, Brian Fanning, Michael Donovan, Tony McCarthy, Robert Childs ( 0-01), Gordon Brown (0-1), Darragh Treacy, Tommie Childs, Cian Sheehan, Cillian Fahy, Iain Corbett, Brian Donovan, Danny Neville ( 0-01 ), Hugh Bourke ( 1-03, 2f, 1m )

Subs: Paul Maher for McCarthy (H/T); Josh Ryan ( 0-04 ) for Sheehan (H/T); Peter Nash for Donavan (54); Luke Murphy for Brown (60); Gerard Stack for Bourke (68); Adrian Enright for Fahy (68).

Referee: John Gilmartin

Man of the match: Bernard Allen

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