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Maher masterclass crushes Cats

Offaly 8-30 Kilkenny 1-0

Offaly's minors eased to a 51-point win in Ballyragget as Kilkenny offered little resistance. Richie Reynolds got the first goal for Offaly, though Michael Kenny responded for the home side.

However, that only spurred on the visitors and they led by 3-16 to 1-0 at half-time, 10 points coming from centre-forward Joe Maher. Offaly continued to push on in the second half, Reynolds and full-forward Shane Lawless securing hat-tricks.

SCORERS -- Offaly: J Maher 0-13 (4f), S Lawless, R Reynolds 3-0 each, P Cunningham 1-8 (0-4f),J Kavanagh 1-4 (0-1f), C McNamee 0-2, M Kirwan, N Dempsey, C Cahill, 0-1 each. Kilkenny: M Kenny 1-0.

OFFALY -- C Clancy; A O'Connell, J Quinn, D Corbett; E Carroll, L Kelly, B Grehan; C Cahill, C McNamee; P Cunningham, J Maher, M Kirwan; J Kavanagh, S Lawless, R Reynolds. Subs: N Dempsey for Kirwan, S Moriarty for O'Connell, R McNamee for Lawless (blood), R McNamee for Kavanagh

KILKENNY -- A Doherty; B Hennessy, D Knox, T Carroll; J Byrne, E Brennan, J Tyrrell; P Ó Fearghaill, C Fleming; D Kinsella, M Aylward, J Callanan; P Coss, M Kenny, R Moriarty. Subs: A O'Neill for Kinsella, C Buggy for Hennessy, U Walsh for Callanan, J Rafter for Doherty, E Curtis for Callanan, E Purcell for O'Fearghall.

REF -- B Cawley (Kildare).

Irish Independent