Sunday 11 December 2016

Second-half blitz enough for Faithful

Offaly 1-13 Wicklow 2-9

Published 05/05/2016 | 02:30

A goal and seven points without reply in the first 15 minutes of the second half turned a five-point deficit into a five-point lead for Offaly to help them advance. Stock photo: Sportsfile
A goal and seven points without reply in the first 15 minutes of the second half turned a five-point deficit into a five-point lead for Offaly to help them advance. Stock photo: Sportsfile

A goal and seven points without reply in the first 15 minutes of the second half turned a five-point deficit into a five-point lead for Offaly to help them advance.

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Wicklow started brightly with points from Daragh Fitzgerald and Dan Kelly and Conor Byrne's cracking goal was no more than they deserved with a 1-6 to 0-5 lead at half-time.

The second half was more even but a Cian Johnson goal, assisted by the roaming Ronan Hynes, on 39 minutes turned the tie for Offaly.

Michael Mooney and wing-back Hynes also kicked over two long-range points each as Offaly turned the screw.

Wicklow couldn't find good passes into the forward line, though Dan Kelly gave his side a lifeline with a fine 49th-minute penalty.

It set up an exciting finish as Wicklow pressed for a goal, but it never materialised and the Offaly defence held firm.

Scorers - Offaly: C Johnson 1-4 (0-2fs), C Lynam 0-3 (1fs), M Mooney, R Hynes 0-2 each, C O'Neill, S O'Brien 0-1 each. Wicklow: D Kelly 1-5 (1-0 pen, 0-3fs) , C Byrne 1-0, D Fitzgerald 0-2, J McCall, C O'Shea 0-1 each.

Offaly - B Rohan 7; D Norris 7, D Kavanagh 7, J Quinn 6; R Hynes 8, S Geoghegan 7, D Molloy 7; M Mooney 8, S Molloy 7; E Farrell 6, C O'Neill 6, A Delaney 7; C Johnson 8, S O'Brien 7, C Lynam 8. Subs: D Fleming 7 for C O'Neill (45), L Mangan Gavin 6 for D Molloy (51), D Bodsy 7 for M Mooney (56), S Farrell 7 for J Quinn (58), R Galbraith 7 for E Farrell (62)

Wicklow - M Jackson 7; T Kearns 6, T Maher 7, A Curran 6; J McCall 7, S Kearon 7, J Cotter 6; J Bellamy 7, C Kelly 7; C O'Shea 7, C Byrne 7, D Fitzgerald 7; C Kelleher 6, D Kelly 8, J Kelly 7. Subs: F O'Shea 7 for J Cotter (36), C O'Shea 7 for A Curran (40), A Boland 7 for D Fitzgerald (44), R Kelly 7 for J Bellamy (44), C O'Flaherty 7 for C Kelleher (56)

Ref - D Moore (Laois)

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