Offaly ease past Kilkenny
Offaly were without a dozen players because of college commitments and still dished out a 1-23 to 0-6 hammering to Kilkenny in the O'Byrne Cup at Thomastown yesterday.
A mistake in the home defence after eight minutes gifted Sean Ryan Offaly's goal and at the break they were 1-12 to 0-1 up. Graham Lalor, with two, and JJ Grace kicked points for Kilkenny in the second half.
Scorers -- Offaly: N McNamee, P Smart (1f), K Casey (2f) 0-5 each, S Ryan 1-0, K Williamson 0-4 (2f), C McManus, N Smith, P Sullivan, S Brady 0-1 each. Kilkenny: G Lalor 0-4 (3f), JJ Grace, P Donnelly 0-1 each.
Offaly -- A Mulhall; J Gallagher, C Kiely, N Spain; C McManus, S Sullivan, C Carroll; N Smith, R Dalton; K Williamson, N McNamee, P Smart; A Lynam, K Casey, S Ryan. Subs: P McConway for S Sullivan, M Conlon for J Gallagher, P Sullivan for N McNamee, S Brady for N Spain, K Slattery for N Smith.
Kilkenny -- JJ Sullivan; D Walton, R O'Hara, P Raftice; JJ Brennan, S Kenny, JJ Grace; M Mahony, M Farrell; L Brennan, S Mahony, M Gannon; J Mackey, M Nolan, G Lawlor. Subs: JJ Dunphy for M Nolan, M Saunders for J Mackey, P Donnelly for M Gannon, J Brennan for JJ Brennan, G Purcell for S Mahony.
Ref -- P Keogh (Carlow)