Buckley's red card proves costly as Kerry fall to Faithful
Offaly 1-21 Kerry 2-16
A second yellow card picked up by Kerry's sweeper John Buckley a minute before half-time proved a major factor in Offaly's two-point win over the Kingdom in this keenly contested Division 1B game at Austin Stack Park in Tralee.
Offaly now qualify to play Tipperary in the league quarter-final, while Kerry were left cursing their luck as they face a relegation battle against Laois next weekend.
Kerry were well in the contest at half-time thanks to 1-3 from outstanding full-forward Padraig Boyle and the free-taking of Shane Nolan but six points from Shane Dooley saw Offaly retire 0-15 to 1-9 in front at the interval.
Kerry, despite being a man short, outscored Offaly in the second half but they shot seven wides and had a goal-bound effort from Jordan Conway saved by the Offaly defence at a crucial juncture.
Offaly got a vital goal from Stephen Quirke in 54th minute when they were hanging on to a one-point lead and they then added 0-4 but Kerry had chances and despite points from Nolan and Keith Carmody, and a Nolan goal, three bad wides ultimately cost them, in a league where they have been dogged by bad luck.
Offaly did lose Shane Dooley through injury in the second half but they look a team very much in transition.
SCORERS - Offaly: S Dooley 0-6 (5f), C Kiely 0-5 (2f), S Cleary 0-4, S Quirke 1-0, D King and E Nolan 0-2 each, B Conneely and P Geraghty 0-1 each. Kerry: S Nolan 1-6 (5f, 1'65), P Boyle 1-5, B Murphy, P O'Connor, C Harty, J Conway and K Carmody 0-1 each.
Kerry - M Stackpoole 7; J O'Connor 7, T Murnane 7, S Weir 7; D Collins 8, B Murphy7, D Dineen 8; P O'Connor 7, J Goulding 7; S Nolan 8, P Kelly 7, C Harty 7; J Conway 7, P Boyle 9, J Buckley 5. Subs: M O'Leary 6 for P Kelly (47), B O'Leary 6 for C Harty (56), K Carmody 7 for J Goulding (56), T Casey 6 for P O'Connor (64).
Offaly - J Dempsey 7; P Rigney 7, M Cleary 6, B Conneely 6; P Geraghty 7, D Shortt 8, S Gardiner 6; A Treacy 7, D King 8; S Ryan 9, S Dooley 7, O Kelly 8; S Cleary 8, C Kiely 7, E Nolan 7.
Subs: E Grogan 7 for S Gardiner (28), P Murphy 7 for B Conneely (43), S Quirke 7 for S Dooley (43), J Mulrooney 7 for P Geraghty (51), P Camon 6 for E Nolan (65).
Ref - S Cleere (Kilkenny)