Faithful make their extra man count to shock Limerick
Limerick 0-21 Offaly 1-21
For the second year in a row Offaly seriously impacted Limerick's chances of getting out of Division 1B.
The main talking point after this rather dull affair was the sending off of Limerick's Shane Dowling inside two minutes for an off-the-ball incident.
Offaly manager Brian Whelahan did not see the incident but he was "delighted" with the performance of his team.
"This will be a big confidence boost for us. We are a work in progress and we came here with a win in mind as I thought we could have won last year rather than drawn," he said.
Whelahan said that a player being sent off can unsettle the side at full strength and this may be why Limerick raced into a 0-4 to no score lead with three frees from stand-in free-taker Seanie Tobin and a point from play by David Breen.
Limerick's 14 were still in front at half-time at0-12 to 1-7 with the Offaly goal being scored by Emmet Nolan following a pass by Joe Bergin who was brought in as a substitute after 24 minutes.
Nolan and Shane Dooley tied it up within two minutes of the restart and the sides were level three more times before Limerick had a three-point lead, 0-18 to 1-12, after 51 minutes.
Offaly, at this stage, began to make the extra man tell. They had eight points in a row from Dooley, free, Stephen Quirke, Dermot Mooney (2), Dan Currams, Dooley, Bergin and Nolan.
This took them from three points behind to five in front which closed the door on Limerick.
Shane Dooley was in top form for the winners who eventually used the extra man to good advantage.
The Offaly defence had a quiet evening with Tobin being alone up front for most of the game and he did especially well.
Offaly's substitutes all played big parts in the win with Joe Bergin and Dermot Monney particularly catching the eye.
Limerick's Ritchie McCarthy had another fine game at full-back and Paul Browne did well at midfield but up front the loss of Dowling was a huge blow. Man of the Match: Shane Dooley