Friday 9 December 2016

Woods turns tables on Laois to set up Cats clash

Offaly 1-15 Laois 1-12

Published 11/04/2016 | 02:30

Offaly are through to play Kilkenny in the quarterfinal after stopping a ‘five-in-a-row’ charge in Tullamore on Saturday. Photo: Sportsfile
Offaly are through to play Kilkenny in the quarterfinal after stopping a ‘five-in-a-row’ charge in Tullamore on Saturday. Photo: Sportsfile

Offaly are through to play Kilkenny in the quarter-final after stopping a 'five-in-a-row' charge in Tullamore on Saturday.

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Laois had beaten Offaly in their last four meetings in the minor championship but a goal from substitute David Nally powered the home side on to overcome a six-point half deficit to win by three.

Laois led 1-8 to 0-5 at half-time, thanks in part to Mark Dowling's opportunist goal - he pounced on a breaking ball to smash to the bottom corner from close range

But they hit some poor wides at the start of the second half as Offaly edged back into the game, with Eoin Woods in fine form from dead balls.

The defining score arrived 11 minutes from time. The O'Moore youngsters had led for the entire game but Nally let fly on the ground to find the net and give Offaly the lead for the first time.

The Faithful kicked on and late points from Eoin Woods and Conor Langton sealed their victory.

Scorers - Offaly: E Woods 0-9 (8fs), C Langton 0-3, D Nally 1-0, M Ryan, E Kelly, D Buckley 0-1 each. Laois: A Bergin 0-6 (3fs, 2 '65s'), A Dunphy 0-4, M Dowling 1-0, L McDonald, S Dunphy 0-1 each.

OFFALY - W Malone; C Curran, D Watkins, F Hanamy; S Leonard, B Kealey, M Ryan; A Maher, D Buckley; C Langton, E Callaghan, K Guinan; E Kelly, E Woods, J Keenaghan. Subs: P Walsh for Curran (HT), D Nally for Buckley (44), M Cleary for Buckley (59).

LAOIS - O Bennett; J Geaney, E Killeen, B Quinlan; D Connolly, J Cranny, L Cleere; L McDonald, L Delaney; S Dunphy, A Dunphy, C Comerford; M Dowling, J Walsh, A Bergin. Subs: J Keyes for Bergin (54), B Corby for Delaney (57).

Ref - Alfie Devine (Westmeath)

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