Game at a glance
Published 31/05/2010 | 05:00
Man of the match
Shane Dooley (Offaly)
While all around him seemed to lose their way, Dooley stayed calm. His accuracy led to a total of 1-12, but his nerve was the real story as he slotted over to send the match to extra-time and save his dad Joe's blushes.
There were two -- the two goals before half-time changed the game's complexion and had Offaly scrambling, but Shane Dooley's free was crucial as Antrim ran out of legs in extra-time.
Antrim were roundly written off in the build-up, so having run Offaly so close, the real question is whether Antrim were good or Offaly bad? Galway should answer that question in June.
Anthony Stapleton kept a firm handle on the game that threatened to boil over. He made bold calls, but received no mention from either manager at the end. Job done.
Joe Dooley (Offaly Manager):
"Fair play to the lads -- they dug deep. We'd be fearful of going in to play Galway after a performance like that. I went down to Nowlan Park to see them and they were awesome."
Dinny Cahill (Antrim manager):
"You have to be proud of the players. That is a very young team and today was a learning for them. I think they can push on from this. The experience they gained here will stand to them for this year and next year as well." .
Wides: Offaly 17 (6), Antrim 15 (6)
Frees: Offaly 12(3), Antrim 12(6)
Yellow Cards: Offaly 2(1) (D Molloy, B Carroll), Antrim 4 (1) (P Shiels, K Stewart, K McGourty, G Magee)
Red cards: Offaly: 1(0) (D Molloy), Antrim 0(0). Attendance: 5,000.
Offaly face the daunting challenge of stopping a rampant Galway in the Leinster semi-final on June 20, while a week later Antrim will play in the Ulster semi-final before returning to the All-Ireland series in the qualifiers.