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Regan livid at 'unprofessional' Offaly

DAITHí REGAN has slammed the approach of Offaly's hurlers as "unprofessional" and "piss poor" after they lost out on a Division 1B promotion play-off to Limerick.

The Faithful were level with the Treaty men going into the final round but held a 13-point scoring difference advantage.

That meant that a straight victory over Clare seemed likely to grant them a chance to achieve top-flight status.

However, a 14-point win for The Treaty County over Antrim in Casement Park, coupled with a one-point defeat for Offaly against Clare in Tullamore, conspired to squeeze Ollie Baker's men out of the promotion picture.

But it was the decision by Shane Dooley to tap a penalty over the bar in the 60th minute -- rather than going for goal -- which irked Birr man Regan, who suggested the Offaly players were wholly unaware of what was transpiring in Belfast and what was needed to finish above Limerick.

Regan (left) blasted: "I spoke to one of the players on Sunday night to see what the story was and did he know the score in Belfast.

"'We didn't have a clue' is what he told me.

"They didn't realise Limerick were 14 points up. The assumption was that if Offaly won that would be enough.

"Shane Dooley has one of the best belts of a ball but I couldn't believe it when he tapped the ball over the bar.

"It put Offaly three up and the idea was, against 14 men, it would be enough.

"It was just so very unprofessional when so much was at stake. It was piss poor."