14-man Offaly fail to build on Dublin win after suffering heavy Limerick defeat
Limerick 1-24 Offaly 0-10
Limerick powered past Offaly to claim their second win of the NHL campaign in front of 4,640 in Tullamore’s O’Connor Park.
The hosts came into the game on a high after their morale boosting win over Dublin in Croke Park but found John Kiely’s side to be a much stiffer task.
Offaly didn’t help themselves as they were reduced to 14 men ten minutes into the second half after Dermot Short picked up his second yellow card . However it already appeared as if the game was going away from Kevin Martin’s side, who trailed by seven points at that stage.
Limerick would take full advantage of their extra man and grabbed the game’s only goal on 54 minutes when Barry Murphy set up Aaron Gillane to put the game beyond any doubt.
It was a disappointing final scoreline for the Faithful men who had started brightly and found themselves 0-4 to 0-3 up after ten minutes with Damien Egan in good form from placed balls. Seamus Flanagan’s score on 17 minutes put Limerick into the lead for the first time since they grabbed the game’s opening point but Offaly had the chance to restore advantage with a penalty after Shane Kinsella was fouled. However, Egan shot narrowly wide.
That miss seemed to take some of the wind from the home side while Limerick were settling to the task. The sides were tied at 0-5 each on 20 minutes but the Treaty men would outscore Offaly by 0-7 to 0-2 on the run in to half time with Aaron Gillane and Gearoid Hegarty on target to help put them in a commanding 0-12 to 0-7 lead at the break.
Limerick would continue in the same mood in the second half and when Short was dismissed, Offaly struggled.
SCORERS - Limerick: A Gillane 1-8 (6f), G Hegarty, D O’Donovan (1f), P Browne 0-3 each, D Byrnes, 0-2, O O’Reilly, D Reidy, T Morrissey, C Lynch, S Flanagan 0-1 each.
Offaly: D Egan 0-6 (4f), T Geraghty, C Gath, S Kinsella, D Currams 0-1 each.
Limerick: N Quaid; S Finn, S Hickey, R English; D Byrnes, D Morrissey, P O’Loughlin; P Browne, C Lynch; T Morrissey, D O’Donovan, B O’Connell; A Gillane, S Flanagan, G Hegarty SUBS: B Murphy for O’Donovan (53), D Reidy for Morrissey (58), O O’Reilly for Hegarty, A LaTouche Cosgrove for Lynch (both 63), L Lyons for Gillane (67)
Offaly: C Slevin; T Spain, S Gardiner, B Connely; D O’Toole, P Camon, D Shortt; D King, S Kinsella; D Egan, C Egan, D Currams; T Geraghty, C Mahon, O Kelly SUBS: S Dooley for Geraghty (HT), C Kiley for King (45), P Rigney for Mahon (57), C Gath for Kelly, C Cleary for C Egan (both 61).
Referee: S Cleere (Kilkenny).