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Offaly to escape the unthinkable

ALLIANZ HL DIV 1B

RELEGATION/PROMOTION PLAY-OFF

OFFALY v KERRY

(Thurles, Tonight, 6.30)

HOW the mighty have almost fallen. Sixteen years ago, so the (truthful) barb went, Offaly hurlers were given three lives in pursuit of Liam MacCarthy ... whereas now, managed by their '98 All-Ireland hero, Brian Whelahan (above), they have been given three chances to avoid relegation to the nether lands of Division 2A.

A run of defeats initiated by Laois in February meant they couldn't avoid a relegation play-off, and they duly lost that to Antrim. Surely Kerry, fresh from their defiant comeback victory over Carlow in the 2A final, aren't about to do the unthinkable?

ODDS: Offaly 1/12, Draw 14/1, Kerry 7/1

VERDICT: Offaly


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