Friday 15 December 2017

McNamee on song as Offaly cruise past Westmeath

Offaly 2-16 Westmeath 1-8 (LEINSTER MFC QUARTER-FINAL)

Offaly advanced to the semi-final with a comprehensive victory over Westmeath
Offaly advanced to the semi-final with a comprehensive victory over Westmeath

OFFALY took the local bragging rights as they advanced to the semi-final with a comprehensive victory over Westmeath in Tullamore.

Offaly led 1-5 to 0-0 after 10 minutes with Jack Walsh scoring their opening goal.

Adam Mahon managed two fine scores as the Offaly men ran up a 1-12 to 0-5 half-time lead.

The second half was another power show from the home side. Ruairi McNamee found the net to put to bed any chance of a Westmeath revival. Fergal Hynes pulled a goal back for Westmeath which brought them back to 2-13 to 1-7 but Offaly closed out the game, tagging on some neat scores.

SCORERS – Offaly: R McNamee 1-4 (1f), J Walsh 1-2, D Hyland 0-4 (2 fs 1'45'), A Mahon 0-3, P Dunican 0-2 fs, S Tierney 0-1.

Westmeath: A Hughes 0-3, F Hynes 1-0, D Giles (1f), C Shanley (2fs) 0-2 each, G Murray 0-1.

OFFALY – J Colgan; C Horan, A Whelan, J Lalor; C Mangan, A Mahon, C Doyle; P Dunican, D Maloney; R Heavin, J Egan, J Walsh; S Tierney, R McNamee, D Hyland. Subs: S Dolan for J Egan (42), C Brazil for D Hyland (bc 46), C Kiely for P Dunican (48), C Farrell for S Tierney (55). P O'Toole for C Mangan ( 58), J McNamara for C Doyle (58).

WESTMEATH – K Fagan; B Sayeh, I Ilunga, M Darling; D Giles, S Ward, D Conway; F Hynes, S Duncan; E Fox, C Daly, C Shanley; J Quinn, S Omukoro, G Murray. Subs: A Hughes for E Fox (15), L Cassidy for S Duncan (h-t), N Gavin for G Murray (39), A Byrne for E Fox (51), J Fox for I Ilunga (54), S Omukoro for C Shanley (57).

Ref – S Murphy (Louth)

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