Offaly 2-15 Westmeath 1-10
Offaly U21 hurlers qualified for a Leinster Semi-final meeting with Wexford when they defeated Westmeath by 8 points, in front of a crowd of 1,276 at O’Connor Pk, Tullamore tonight. Westmeath, with wind advantage, got off to the perfect start after just 30 seconds, when Darragh Clinton’s speculative shot from 50 metres went all the way to the Offaly net. Offaly, however, soon settled into the game and thanks to an Emmett Goal were right back in the game by the 10th minute. Nolan and Adrian Cleary were causing the Westmeath defence untold trouble and by half time Offaly led by a single point 1-8 to 1-7.
On the resumption Offaly got off to the perfect start when in the 35th minute Adrian Cleary’s effort from 50 metres went all the way to the Westmeath net. While play became a bit scrappy after that, Offaly never looked like losing. Offaly were reduced to 14 men on 49 minutes when Conor Doughan received a second yellow card. Five minutes later Westmeath’s Niall O’Brien received a straight red. The pick of the second half scores was Cillian Kiely’s long range point from his own half. Ciaran McDonald’s charges now play Wexford in O’Connor Pk on June 24th in the Leinster semi-final. Offaly hit eight wides over the hour, while Westmeath hit ten.
Westmeath: Ciarán Doyle 0-5 (0-3f), Darragh Clinton 1-2 (0-1f), Niall O’Brien 0-2 (0-1f), Michael Daly 0-1
Offaly: Kevin O’Connor, Darragh Corbett, Cillian Kiely, Paddy Rigney, Ger Crowe, Conor Doughan, Dan Doughan, Kevin Dunne, Padraig Guinan, Matthew Maloney, Johnny O’Toole Greene, Joe Maher, Adrian Cleary, Emmet Nolan, Dylan Murray Subs: Conor Molloy for D Doughan, Andrew Connolly for Maher, Shane Guinan for O’Toole-Greene, Eoghan Cahill for Murray
Westmeath: Warren Casserly, Conor Shaw, Tommy Gallagher, Gary Greville, Mick Heeney, Liam Varley, Thomas Egan, Michael Daly, Robbie Greville, Ciarán Doyle, Darragh Clinton, Emmet Corrigan, Niall O’Brien, Niall Mitchell, Killian Doyle Subs: Liam Cassidy for Heeney, Frankie Deegan for C Doyle, Brendan Doyle for Mitchell
Ref: Brian O’Leary (Wexford)
Results Offaly GAA Golf Classic held on the 21st and 22nd May in Esker Hills Golf Club.
1st - 100pts: Paschal Troy, Paddy Kirwan, Cathal Kirwan and PJ Lowry
2nd- 96pts: Liam Mooney, Brendan Scully, Brendan Minnock and John Cantwell (Shamrocks GAA)
3rd - 95pts: Pat Doyle, George Digan, John Kelly and Tom Wright ( Ferbane GAA)
4th - 93pts: Enda Mulhare, Willie Madden, John Craven and Pat Concannon (P.Horan)
5th - 93pts: Timmy Dooley, Damien Geoghegan, Shay Boland and Keith Barr
6th - 92pts: Roddy Molloy, Conor Slevin, Tom Daly and Joe Slevin (Kilcormac-Killoughey GAA)
7th - 92pts: Hugh Bolton, John McNally, Hugh Flanagan and Pat Lanigan
8th - 92pts: Ray Spain, Sean Aherne, Gerry Dwyer and Eileen Kinsella
9th- 92pts: Sean Doorley, Tony McCormack, Martin Cashin and Pat Cleary (Birr GAA)
10th - 92pts: Paul Stewart, Ger Hanley, Tommy Cushen and John Buckley ( Clara GAA)
11th - 91pts: Sean Guinan, Tim Guinan, Denis Guinan and Damien Guinan
Non GUI Prizewinners
1st - 87pts: David Coffey, Ray Scally, Sean Doorley and Tom Walsh
2nd - 86pts: Gerry Dempsey, Oliver Murphy, Christy Murphy and Michael Brereton
3rd - 85pts: Miley Nolan, Brian Guilfoyle, Ollie Nolan and Brendan Kennedy
4th - 84pts: Ken Kelleghan, Richard Dowling, Ollie Murphy and Christy Murphy
5th - 82pts: Niall McNamee, Damien Donegan, Johnny Hanratty and Oisin McConville
Nearest the Line 6th Hole: Dan Cunningham ( on the line)
Nearest Pin 5th Hole: Dermot Byrne 17”
Nearest Pin 9th Hole: Kevin McNamara 22”
Nearest Pin 13th Hole: Niall Curry 49”
Nearest Pin 15th Hole: Martin Cashin 44”
Best Score GAA Club: Shamrocks win set of club Jerseys
Draw for GAA Clubs: Daingean win set of 25 club Jerseys
Offaly County Board would like to thank all players and sponsors for their support.
Offaly team to play Westmeath in the Bord Gais Energy Leinster GAA U21 Hurling Championship in O’Connor Park, Tullamore on Wednesday evening 27th May @ 7.30pm
1. Kevin O'Connor, Kinnitty
2. Darragh Corbett, Belmont
3. Daniel Doughan, Shinrone
4. Paddy Rigney, Kinnitty
5. Ger Crowe, Tullamore
6. Conor Doughan (Capt), Shinrone
7. Cillian Kiely, Kilcormac/Killoughey
8. Kevin Dunne, Seir Kieran
9. Padraig Guinan, Drumcullen
10. Matthew Maloney, St Rynaghs
11. Johnny O'Toole Greene, Shamrocks
12. Joe Maher, Belmont
13. Adrian Cleary, Shinrone
14. Emmet Nolan, Birr
15. Dylan Murray, Kilcormac/Killoughey
Pat Flanagan and his management team have kept faith with the same team that defeated Longford in the Allianz NFL Div. 4 final.
The Offaly team will line out as follows:
1. Alan Mulhall
2. Brian Darby
3. Paul McConway (Capt)
4. Daithi Brady
5. Niall Darby
6. Johnny Moloney
7. Joseph O’Connor
8. Graham Guilfoyle
9. Niall Smith
10. Eoin Carroll
11. Niall McNamee
12. Anton Sullivan
13. Bernard Allen
14. Nigel Dunne
15. William Mulhall
The death occurred on Monday last (May 11th) of one of the greats of Offaly football, Edenderry’s Mick Brady. Mick made his debut for Offaly, in the first round of the Leinster Championship on June 8th 1952 when he lined out wearing the No15 jersey, against Longford in Mullingar. Mick played in the attack for the first two years of his inter county career, however, it was when moved to defence that he became a pivotal player for Offaly. He was at wing back on the Offaly team, captained by Noel McGee, that won the inaugural O’Byrne Cup defeating Louth 0-10 to 1-5 in the final at Croke Pk in 1954. When Offaly won their first ever Leinster Senior football title, defeating Louth 0-10 to 1-6, in 1960 Mick had moved to the centre-back position and again manned the centre of defence in their two titanic struggles with Down in the All-Ireland semi-final, before going down by 2 points following a replay.
Mick continued to wear the No 6 shirt throughout the 1961 campaign as Offaly, regained their Leinster title at the expense of Dublin and went on to defeat Roscommon setting up a final meeting with Down. Like the 1960 encounters, this proved to be an enthralling contest in front of 90,566 spectators, and again Offaly were just denied on a 3-6 to 2-8 scoreline. While Mick Brady and his colleagues failed to make the ultimate breakthrough, there can be no doubt they laid the foundation for the future success of Offaly football.
In all Mick played 52 League and 28 Championship games for Offaly, and the curtain came down on his glittering career for the final time, when he lined out in his customary centre-back role, on June 4th 1964, as Offaly lost the first round of the Leinster Championship to Louth in Croke Pk.
Mick also won Railway Cup honours with Leinster, while at club level he won Offaly Senior Championship medals with his native Edenderry in 1951, 53 & 57 and was a selector when The Reds won senior football titles in 1985 & 1995.
An outstanding footballer, his contribution to Offaly football is comparable with any of the greats of the past.
To his wife Bernie, sons Michael Og, Joe, Peter, Johnny, daughters Liz, & Mag, brothers, sister and extended family goes out deepest sympathy.
Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.
Saturday evening’s Offaly V Longford Leinster SFC game is All-Ticket – all patrons, incl. Children, must have a ticket.
Tickets will be on sale as follows:
· Ticket Booth on the Arden Road end of the ground before the game.
Match Ticket costs are detailed are as follows:
1 Adult and 2 Juveniles etc.
Senior Citizens/Students (Stand & Terrace):-
Offaly Minor Football team to play Kildare in the Electric Ireland, Leinster Minor Football Championship in O'Connor Park, Tullamore this Wednesday evening @ 7.15pm has been announced.
The starting 15 are:
1. Kevin Kinahan, Clodiagh Gaels
2. P.J. Daly, Cappincur
3. Clint Horan, Clodiagh Gaels
4. Ronan Hynes, Shannonbridge
5. David Dempsey, Ballycommon
6. Gavin Smyth, Gracefield
7. Adam Keyes, Shamrocks
8. Ciaran Maher, Clonbullogue
9. Cathal Mangan, Kilclonfert
10. Dylan Hyland, Raheen
11. Kyle Higgins, Ferbane
12. Ryan Heavin, Ferbane
13. Shane Tierney, Daingean
14. Shane O' Brien, Clonbullogue
15. Jack Walsh (Capt), Gracefield
Due to lack of light game times in the Molloy Environmental Systems SHC tomorrow will change slightly. Coolderry v Shinrone will now takes place at 5.15pm with Kilcormac/Killoughey v Birr at 7.15pm
Offaly 2-13 Westmeath 1-10
A late run of scores from Offaly was enough to overcome both Westmeath's momentum and the obstacle of a stiff breeze in Mullingar on Wednesday night, though their six-point victory was a result that looked most unlikely with 20 minutes to play.
A host of handling errors from the visiting side kept Westmeath in touch in the first half when the wind aided Offaly's cause, as Cathal Daly punished a string of indiscretions with well-taken frees. A foul by Westmeath goalkeeper Joe Hyland on Shane Tierney allowed Tierney to score the game's first goal from the penalty spot midway through the opening half and that was the difference between the sides at the break as Offaly went in with a 1-8 to 0-8 advantage.
Westmeath withstood early Offaly pressure and then struck for an equalising goal on 35 minutes through Joe Halligan and they looked like the clear favourites when Ronan O'Toole put them in front shortly afterwards.
Offaly captain Jack Walsh put in a heroic shift for the remainder of the tie, however, and he set up two points with powerful runs before providing the finishing touch to the game's final goal, aided by great work from Ryan Heavin down the left flank.
Dylan Hyland brought his total for the night to 0-5 with two late points that confirmed Offaly's place in the next qualifying round. They are set for another local derby against Kildare that's scheduled for next Wednesday night at O'Connor Park in Tullamore.
Scorers - Offaly: D Hyland 0-5 (1f), S Tierney (1-0 pen) & J Walsh 1-1 each, R Heavin 0-3 (2f), C Maher, R Hynes & S O'Brien 0-1 each. Westmeath: J Halligan 1-2, C Daly 0-3f, F Coyne 0-2, A Roarke, B Berry, R O'Toole 0-1 each.
Offaly - K Kinahan; PJ Daly, C Horan, R Hynes; D Dempsey, G Smyth, A Keyes; C Maher, C Mangan; J Walsh, K Higgins, A Delaney; S Tierney, D Hyland, R Heavin.
Subs: S O'Brien for Maher (40), J Hayes for Delaney (40), J Lowry for Higgins (59).
Westmeath - J Hyland; B Flynn, G Carr, P Maxwell; E Nally, D Healy, S O'Neill; F Coyne, S Duncan; A Roarke, R O'Toole, C Daly; C Mannion, J Halligan, B Berry.
Subs: S Nxumalo for Flynn (22), A Loughlin for Coyne (28), Coyne for Halligan (40), M Scully for O'Neill (45), P Sleator for Healy (47)
Ref - D Moore (Laois)
Offaly 4-16 Longford 1-12
A storming second-half at Croke Park on Saturday last, that included three Offaly goals secured the Allianz Football League Division 4 title for the Faithful County as well as draw first blood ahead of the Championship.
The sides meet again in three weeks time in the first round of the Leinster championship and Offaly will take real momentum into that contest after an impressive win.
The Faithful led by four points at half-time but turned on the style after the break to win with 13 to spare.
Graham Guilfoyle picked up the man of the match award and capped his performance with a brilliant third goal for Offaly to wrap up the victory long before the full-time whistle.
Full-back Paul McConway was also on the mark with a goal while William Mulhall crowned his own solid performance with his side’s fourth goal.
Both teams finished with 14 men as Anton Sullivan and Longford's Diarmuid Masterson both picked up their second bookings following a 60th-minute melee.
Longford, ironically, had the edge over Offaly in recent ties, overcoming their midland rivals in both league and the Championship in the last 18 months.
Jack Sheedy's side were three-point victors when the two met most recently in late March in the group stages of Division 4.
But it was Offaly who dominated the opening half here and after opening the scoring with a second-minute Mulhall free they never looked back.
Nigel Dunne doubled the advantage and though the sides would draw level at 0-02 and 0-03 apiece, Dunne's 23rd-minute goal opened up real daylight for the first time.
It was a quality finish from the right of goals at the Hill 16 end though Niall McNamee's industry in creating it was just as significant.
McNamee won a 50-50 aerial catch with his man before playing a clever hand pass over the top to an onrushing Mulhall who fed Dunne.
Longford had plenty of chances at the other end but amassed ten wides in the first half alone.
Francis McGee did grab a brace of scores while centre-back Diarmuid Masterson lofted two over from distance.
But Offaly were good value for their 1-07 to 0-06 interval lead with Dunne already sitting on a 1-02 tally while McNamee scored a fine point too.
The second-half was all about Offaly with goals in the 43rd, 56th and 63rd minutes elevating them to victory and their first piece of silverware since claiming the same title in 2008.
Brian Kavanagh was Longford's talisman after the break and he converted five points with four of those frees. Sub Shane Doyle also netted shortly after his arrival.
But Offaly were far more clinical and impressive to lay down a serious pre-Championship marker.
Offaly: A Mulhall; B Darby, P McConway (1-00), D Brady; J Moloney, J O'Connor, N Darby; G Guilfoyle (1-00), N Smith (0-01); E Carroll, N McNamee (0-04), A Sullivan (0-01); B Allen (0-02, 0-01f), N Dunne (1-03), W Mulhall (1-05, 0-2f).
Subs: P Cunningham for Carroll, N Bracken for Allen, E Rigney for B Darby, C Donohoe for N Darby, K Mullally for W Mulhall, J Evans for McNamee.
Longford: P Collum; D Brady, B O'Farrell, P Foy; CP Smyth, D Masterson (0-02), E Williams; B Gilleran, K Diffley; P McKeon, M Quinn (0-01), R McEntee; R McNerney (0-01, 0-1f), B Kavanagh (0-06, 0-5f), F McGee (0-02, 0-1f).
Subs: S Doyle (1-00) for McKeon, C Farrelly for Williams, A Rowan for Smyth, D Reynolds for McGee, F Battrim for Foy, P Gill for McNerney.
Referee: N Cullen (Fermanagh).