The brilliant Lochlainn Quinn led the way as Offaly brushed aside the challenge of Kildare in yesterday's Leinster MHC quarter-final in Newbridge.
Kildare started well and were 0-4 to 0-1 ahead after 14 minutes but Offaly then took control and scored the next 1-15. It was Quinn who got them moving by scoring the last eight points of the first half, six from frees, as the Faithful moved into a 0-9 to 0-4 lead by the break.
SCORERS - Offaly: L Quinn 0-10 (7f); L Carey 0-3; C Egan 1-0; J Hoctor, C Mitchell 0-2 each; C King 0-1. Kildare: C Kehoe 0-6 (5f, 1 65); C Flanagan, A Tobin, C Sheridan 0-1 each.
OFFALY - M Troy; P Taafe, C Bracken, O Kilmartin; L Watkins, S Bourke, R Dunne; C Spain, C King; C Egan, J Hoctor, L Quinn; L Carey, C Mitchell, L Hogan. Subs: D Landy for Taafe (44), E Murphy for Egan (50), A Coakley for Hogan (50), B Egan for Carey (50), D Bourke for Quinn (60).
KILDARE - B Loughlin; S Moran, L O'Reilly, D O'Meara; F Cooke, C Boran, D Guerin; C Flanagan, A Tobin; C Kehoe, C Nolan, F Maher; A Goss, C Treacy, C Sheridan. Subs: K Harrington for Maher (28), N Dolan for Nolan (h-t), S Maher for Treacy (50), J O'Brien for Guerin (59), E Hayes for Boran (60).
REF - B Redmond (Wexford).