Saturday 24 August 2019

Allen unlocks Exiles defence but Maughan knows Faithful must improve

Offaly 1-21 London 1-11

John Maughan: ‘I’m happy we won by ten points, but you wouldn’t be happy with the performance.’ Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
John Maughan: ‘I’m happy we won by ten points, but you wouldn’t be happy with the performance.’ Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

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It was job done for Offaly on Saturday, but manager John Maughan insisted that they will have to improve going forward if they are to survive in the Championship.

His men won in the end by 10 points, but it was flattering.

"I'm happy that we won by ten points, but you wouldn't be happy with the performance, it was very fragmented," said Maughan.

"It was nothing like we played a month ago; the performance against Meath was far slicker. Conditions had a little bit to do with it, that affected our performance, but nonetheless I'd have taken a 10-point win."

Bernard Allen came up trumps for Offaly and he kicked five of the opening six points before London's Killian Butler hit the net.

Allen went on to kick 11 points in total and his manager was delighted, but not surprised.

Conor O'Neill of London in action against Bernard Allen of Offaly. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Conor O'Neill of London in action against Bernard Allen of Offaly. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

"He's top class, he's a great finisher, he proved it there again this afternoon," explained Maughan.

Offaly led 0-10 to 1-3 at the break and kicked off the second-half with the first four points. Although Conor Doran was keeping London in it, a goal from Ruairí McNamee 19 minutes from time gave the Offaly men a decent lead and they pulled away.

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"I thought we performed well during certain moments in the game. Overall we were a little inconsistent. We had some issues with delayed flights and stuff like that, we struggled to get into the game," said London boss Ciaran Deely.

John Maughan and Offaly await the draw for the second round of qualifiers and another home draw is high on their wish list.

Liam Gavaghan of London in action against Peter Cunningham of Offaly. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Liam Gavaghan of London in action against Peter Cunningham of Offaly. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

"It'll be a beaten semi-finalist next. We'll take whatever comes and it'd be nice to have another game here in O'Connor Park," said Maughan.

Scorers - Offaly: B Allen 0-11 (5f), R McNamee 1-1, A Sullivan, N McNamee 0-3 each, N Darby, C Mangan, S Tierney 0-1 each. London: C Doran 0-6 (3f), K Butler 1-1, F McMahon 0-2, L Mulvey, L Gavaghan 0-1 each.

OFFALY - P Dunican 7; D Dempsey 7, E Rigney 7, D Hogan 6; C Donohoe, 5 J Moloney 6, N Darby 8; E Carroll 7, P Cunningham 6; S Horan 6, A Sullivan 7, C Mangan 6; B Allen 9, N McNamee 7, R McNamee 6. Subs: J O'Connor 6 for C Donohoe 28m, P McConway 6 for S Horan 62m, M Abbott 6 for C Mangan 63m, S Tierney 6 for R McNamee 66m, S Nally for N McNamee 68m, C Carroll for E Carroll 70m

LONDON - G McEvoy 6; P Butler 7, M Moynihan 6, C O'Neill 6; D Carrabine 6, M Clarke 6, E Flanagan 7; A McDermott 6, L Feerick 6; M Gottsche 6, L Gavaghan 8, F McMahon 7; K Butler 7, C Doran 8, B Tully 6. Subs: N Maher 6 for G McEvoy H/T), L Mulvey 6 for B Tully 47m, L Gallagher 7 for A McDermott 47m, A McGarvey 6 for D Carrabine 54m, D Dunne 6 for F McMahon 67m.

Ref - N Mooney (Cavan)

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