Dunne leads way in Offaly cruise
Offaly 5-18 Carlow IT 0-4
Offaly opened their 2017 account with a facile 29-point win over a dismal Carlow IT outfit. Offaly used 25 players in total as they put the College side to the sword - and all that without the Rhode contingent.
The game was over by half-time, with Offaly leading 3-11 to 0-2. Nigel Dunne accounted for 1-7 of that total before being replaced, with the other goals coming from Johnny Brickland and Declan Hogan.
Offaly continued to push on in the second-half and goals from Eoin Carroll and substitute Peter Cunningham completed the rout.
Scorers: Offaly: N Dunne 1-7 (0-2f), D Hogan, E Carroll and P Cunningham 1-1 each, J Brickland 1-0, S Tierney 0-3 (0-2f), S Doyle 0-2, L Fox, J O'Connor and W Mulhall 0-1 each. Carlow IT: M Russell 0-2, K Ryan (free) and J Walsh 0-1 each.
Offaly: B Rohan; D Brady, J Lalor, L Colgan; S Nally, D Hanlon; E Carroll, J Gethings; L Fox, W Mullhall, J Brickland, N Dunne, M Brazil, S Doyle. Subs: D Carroll for Hogan (h/t), J O'Connor for Mulhall (h/t), K Dunne for Brickland (h/t), P Cunningham for Dunne (h/t), D Dempsey for Brazil (h/t), S Tierney for Doyle (49m), A Mahon for Fox (49m), C Horan for Colgan (51m), J Egan for Brady (51m), C Clancy for Rohan (54m).
Carlow IT: R Sanson; C Brangan, T O'Connell, G Smyth; C Ward, J Logue, D O'Sullivan; M Russell, S Maughan; K Ryan, C O'Toole, E Buggie; Ross Ryan, L Flynn, P O'Connor. Subs: Ronan Ryan for Smyth (18m), J Walsh for O'Connor (h/t), J Casey for Brangan (49m), S McGraynor for Buggie (58m), M O'Connor for K Ryan (67m).
Ref: S Murphy (Louth).