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Sublime Shanahan blasts Déise to victory

MAURICE SHANAHAN blasted Waterford to a 0-21 to 1-14 SHC Qualifier win over Offaly, shooting 0-13 in Tullamore on Saturday evening.

The Déise recovered from the concession of an early Shane Dooley goal, despite hitting 17 wides.

Michael Ryan's side now face Westmeath in the next round, where they will be hot favourites to progress.

Midway through the second half it looked as if the home side would push on for the win after they overturned a four-point half-time deficit, but led by Shanahan and the excellent Brian O'Sullivan, Waterford finished the stronger.

Shane Dooley punished a poor defensive hand pass by Liam Lawlor and finished to the net for Offaly in the seventh minute, although centre-forward Derek Molloy was stretchered off with a leg injury picked up in the lead-up to the score.

Then Dan Currams landed a score for the home side and Offaly looked in control.

That was before Shanahan hit five points before the break, two from frees, for a 0-13 to 1-6 lead at half-time.

Two Brian Carroll points and another from his midfield colleague Kevin Brady drew Offaly level in the 47th minute.

However, Brian O'Sullivan struck a great score from the wing, and Shanahan wrapped up the victory in the closing stages.



Wexford accounted for Antrim on a 3-18 to 0-17 scoreline to end the Saffrons' All-Ireland involvement at Wexford Park.

Liam Dunne's men laid the foundations for this win in the opening half with Podge Doran and Rory Jacob claiming goals.

Antrim were only 2-5 to 0-9 behind at the break thanks to some fine form by free-taker Neil McManus.

However, Paul Morris' 56th-minute goal confirmed Wexford's date with Carlow next Saturday.

Brendan Murtagh's 51st-minute goal turned the tide in Westmeath's favour as they dug deep to claim a 1-15 to 0-11 victory against London at Ruislip.

London led by 0-7 to 0-6 at half-time, with Cork's Martin Finn scoring three first-half points.

However, the Exiles fired 12 wides in the opening 35 minutes and this ultimately came back to haunt them.