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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Cunningham pulls the strings

Offaly 1-13 London 1-5

Offaly began life back in the bottom tier with a victory, but they made hard work of it at Ruislip.

The visitors made a dreadful start, conceding 1-3 inside 11 minutes – the goal coming from a Padraig McGoldrick penalty after his initial shot was illegally blocked.

However, London – in their first competitive match of the year – tired as the half progressed and trailed by 1-4 to 0-5 at the interval.

Offaly looked a different side in the second half, scoring three points inside three minutes, two of which came from Peter Cunningham, and they never looked back.

Man of the Match: P Cunningham (Offaly)

Scorers – Offaly: P Cunningham 0-5 (1f), A Sullivan 1-2 (2f), B Allen 0-4, G Guilfoyle, E Carroll 0-1 each. London: P McGoldrick 1-2 (1-0pen, 2f), S Kelly 0-2, E O'Neill 0-1 (1f).

Offaly – A Mulhall 6; B Darby 5, E Rigney 7, S Pender 6; D Hanlon 6, D Kelly 7, G Guilfoyle 7; A McNamee 6, S Sullivan 7; R Brady 6, B Connor 6, E Carroll 7; M Mitchell 5, B Allen 8, A Sullivan 7. Subs: M Brassel 6 for Darby (15), P Cunningham 8 for Mitchell (26), R Dalton 6 for McNamee (50), P McPadden 6 for Hanlon (55), J Maher 6 for Carroll (69).

London – E Byrne 7; S Hannon 7, K Lynam 7, S Curran 6; D Ryan 6, G Carr 6, G Crowley 7; M Gottsche 6, C Doyle 6; S Kelly 7, C McCallion 6, K O'Leary 7; P McGoldrick 7, E O'Neill 5, E Finnegan 5. Subs: P Atkinson 5 for Finnegan (35), D McGreevy 6 for Crowley (38), J Monaghan 6 for Doyle (44), S Mulligan 6 for Ryan (55), C Eastwood 6 for McGoldrick (66).

REF – M Condon (Waterford)

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