O'Gara's late goal keeps DIT in the hunt
DIT 2-11 Offaly0-10
Goals at crucial stages in each half powered DIT to an impressive win over an experimental Offaly side last night in Dunganny.
Played in horrendous conditions, the students were in the driving seat throughout with a mini Offaly revival in the second half thwarted by DIT's second goal from Killian O'Gara who starred with 1-3.
Offaly, DIT, Louth and Kildare will all now go into their final group games on Sunday with a chance to qualify for the semi-finals.
A Ryan Connolly goal sent DIT into a 1-6 to 0-3 lead with Liam Irwin also finding the range with two well-taken points.
Offaly were wasteful in the opening half with eight wides but they started the second half well and five points in a row brought them back to within one point after 45 minutes.
Offaly then netted through Anton Sullivan but play had already been brought back for a 14-metre free. That was as near as it got as O'Gara's close-range goal with 11 minutes remaining putting the game beyond doubt.
SCORERS - Offaly: N Dunne 0-5 (4f, 1 '45), A Sullivan 0-2, J Gethings, S Dooley & W Mulhall (f) 0-1 each. DIT: K O'Gara 1-3, B McMahon 0-4 (3f), R Connolly 1-0, L Irwin 0-2, G Guilfoyle & C Madden 0-1 each.
Offaly - A Mulhall; B Darby, J Lalor, R Slammon; L Colgan, J Moloney, J Nally; J Gethings, M Brazil; K Mullally, W Mulhall, A Sullivan; D Hyland, N Dunne, S Dooley. Subs: J Evans for Mullally (42), J McPadden for Slammon (45), P McPadden for Hyland (45), P Sullivan for A Sullivan (53), O Cusack for Moloney (60), R McNamee for Brazil (60).
DIT - C Cashman; C Boyle, R McGowan, K O'Brien; G O'Reilly, D Nelson, B Power; G Guilfoyle, E Ó Conghaile; L Irwin, B McMahon, K O'Gara; R Connolly, T O'Connor, E Flanagan. Subs: S Clayton for Nelson (ht), C Madden for Connolly (ht), M Byrne for O'Brien (44 - bc), C Lynn for O'Gara (60), A Fleming for O'Reilly (62), K Doherty for Flanagan (68)
Ref - N McKenna (Kildare)