The game at a glance
Published 27/06/2011 | 05:00
Man of the match: Niall McNamee (Offaly): Close run between McNamee and Ciaran McManus as both men were central to the tormenting of the Monaghan defence. McNamee just edges it for his 1-4, particularly the well-taken goal.
The period between the 39th and 43rd minute when Offaly extended a two -point half-time lead to six points. McManus landed two from frees and McNamee another two to stamp Offaly's authority on the game.
Offaly's new-found self-respect within the camp after a couple of weeks of damning criticism will make them a threat to any opposition in the next round of the qualifiers.
Syl Doyle dished out eight cards, but avoided sending anyone off. Gave Offaly midfielder Niall Smith a break when he ticked him when he could have awarded a second yellow in the second half. Some inconsistencies, but kept up with play well and gave a satisfactory display.
What they said
Tom Cribbin (Offaly manager):
"We'd a lot to make up to ourselves, to nobody else, just to prove to ourselves that we can finish out games. Sometimes, when you get a right kick in the arse, it makes you stand up and be counted."
"We were very much off the pace in the second half. We can't really explain it. They looked to be the Division 1 team, we looked to be the Division 3 team. That's not good enough for a championship performance."
Wides: Offaly 8 (6); Monaghan 9 (6)
Frees: Offaly 20 (10); Monaghan 17 (7)
Yellow cards: Offaly 4 (N Smith 21; B Allen 46, R Dalton 52, P Bracken 67); Monaghan 4 (O Duffy 5, N McAdam 15, C McGuinness 32, D Hughes 49)
Offaly play Limerick in next round of qualifiers on July 9; Monaghan's championship is over.