Offaly overcome Exiles
Offaly 0-17 London 1-7
Offaly weathered an early storm to register a workmanlike victory over London. The hosts scored 13 consecutive points and kept the Exiles scoreless for 40 minutes to secure their spot in Round 2B of the qualifiers.
Pat Flanagan endured some anxious moments, particularly in the opening half as he watched his side record three early wides, although two Niall McNamee points gave them the lead.
London had a strong wind in their favour though and they responded with a goal and three points to go five ahead.
Patrick O'Hara fisted the goal and Adrian Moyles, Liam Gavaghan and O'Hara again stretched the visitors clear.
Offaly responded to the threat though, kicking five points in a row and eight more in the second half to put the game to bed. Dunne slotted the last two of the opening period to send the teams in level on 0-7 to 1-4. Offaly wrested control of the central zone but were unable to get the goal that might have caused London to wilt. Dunne, McNamee, Brian Allen and substitute Nigel Bracken were on target, while Dunne kicked four in a row after that as the Midlanders moved eight clear before London finally stopped the rot thanks to Eoin Mageean, within seconds after the Tír Chonaill Gaels man's introduction.
Emboldened, the men managed by former Wexford forward Ciaran Deely reduced the margin to five via a Scott Conroy free and a cracking score by Dualtach Molloy. Offaly finished with scores from Allen and Niall Darby to calm the nerves though, having undergone a severe examination.
Scorers - Offaly: N Dunne 0-7 (7f); N McNamee 0-4; B Allen 0-3 (2f); N Darby, A Sullivan, N Bracken 0-1 each. London: P O'Hara 1-2; A Moyles, L Gavaghan, S Conroy (f), D Molloy, E Mageean 0-1 each.
Offaly: A Mulhall; B Darby, E Rigney, S Pender; N Darby, P Cunningham, J O'Connor; E Carroll, G Guilfoyle; A Sullivan, N McNamee, M Brazil; B Allen, N Dunne, J Moloney. Subs: N Bracken for Moloney (45), J Gethings for Guilfoyle (52), W Mulhall for McNamee (58), J Lalor for B Darby (62), K Garry for A Mulhall (64), L Fox for Carroll (66).
London: G McEvoy; P Butler, C Carty, C Dunne; D Ryan, C Healy, D McGreevy; J Moran, L Gavaghan; A Moyles, M Gottsche, C Coyne; S Conroy, C Óg Greene, P O'Hara. Subs: E Murray for Moran (48), K Butler for Coyne (51), E Mageean for Greene (63), C O'Neill for Ryan (64), D Molloy for O'Hara (66).
Referee: D Coldrick (Meath).
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