McCabe's goal completes rout
OFFALY had a trouble free passage to the quarter-finals when they cruised past Longford with a 2-19 to 0-3 win at O'Connor Park on Saturday.
Offaly controlled the contest from the start and were 0-5 to 0-0 ahead when Longford's fate was effectively sealed as James Noonan's 18th minute penalty was saved by Matt Carragher. Longford did come into it more as the half wore on, but they still went in at the interval trailing by 0-10 to 0-2.
The second half was always going to be a formality and Offaly played some fine attacking football with all their starting forwards getting on the score sheet from play.
Offaly were 0-12 to 0-3 ahead when they got their first goal through a Paul McPadden penalty before Eamon McCabe added a second goal 10 minutes from time to complete the rout.
SCorers -- Offaly: P McPadden 1-2 (1-0 pen), E McCabe 1-1, S Cullen (0-1f), N Graham (fs) 0-4 each, P Cunningham 0-3, D Hogan, P Camon, D Kelly, B Cushen, C Hurley 0-1 each. Longford: C Clarke, P McCormack, R Smith 0-1 each.
OFFALY -- M Carragher; C Lowry, D Hanlon, C Donoghue; J O'Connor, D Hogan, S Hannon; N Graham, P Camon; S Cullen, D Kelly, P Cunningham; P McPadden, E McCabe, B Cushen. Subs: C Hurley for Cushen (36), J Flattery for McPadden (53), P Farrelly for O'Connor (54), J Bingham for McCabe (56), I Curry for Hannon (57).
LONGFORD -- P Collum; D Bennett, O Farrell, A McLoughlin; C Clarke, D Quinn, S Donoghue; J McGivney, D Gallagher; D Farrelly, P McCormack, D Cooney; R Smith, J Noonan, M Hughes. Subs: R Keogh for McLoughlin (17), P Byrne for Noonan (49), C Martin for Gallagher (54), D Minagh for Hughes (54).
REF -- B O'Shea (Dublin).