Mulrooney runs riot to hand DIT harsh lesson
Offaly 4-28 DIT 0-10
Offaly opened their account for 2016 with a comprehensive and convincing win over DIT. The home side were never in any trouble and led from pillar to post as new manager Eamonn Kelly saw his charges start off on the front foot.
Shane Dooley was sharp and in free-scoring form with 10 points before been called ashore with 20 minutes to go, while Seir Kieran man James Mulrooney fired home a hat-trick of goals on his way to a haul of 3-4. Shane Kinsella was deployed as an extra defender and impressed throughout as DIT struggled to break Offaly down.
Sean Cleary also bagged a goal as the Faithful County led 2-12 to 0-5 at the break. Mulrooney added the third goal on 45 minutes to make it 3-15 to 0-7 and the game ended as a contest. The presence of Wexford stars Conor McDonald and Jack Guiney couldn’t rise the students as Offaly completely controlled the game with Mulrooney completing his hat-trick a minute from the end.
Offaly were impressive. Sub Stephen Quirke fired over four points with five of the six starting forwards all finding their range.
With Kilkenny to come in two weeks’ time, Offaly will face stiffer tasks but for now, it’s a winning start while DIT look to have work to do before the Fitzgibbon Cup.
Scorers – Offaly: J Mulrooney 3-4 (2f), S Dooley 0-10 (5f), S Quirke 0-4, S Cleary 1-1, P Murphy 0-3, C Egan and S Ryan 0-2 each, R Hughes and J Sampson 0-1 each. DIT: G Whelan and J Guiney (3f) 0-4 each, C McDonald and P O’Reilly 0-1 each.
OFFALY – J Dempsey; E Nolan, C McDonald, N Wynne; P Camon, C Doughan, D Mooney; S Ryan, S Kinsella; P Murphy, C Egan, C Kiely; S Dooley, J Mulrooney, S Cleary. Subs: R Hughes for C Kiely (30), B Mulrooney for P Camon (44), J Sampson for S Cleary (48), S Quirke for S Dooley (51), B Conneely for S Ryan (55).
DIT – P McKenna; S McClelland, T Doyle, D Guinan; C Byrne, S Barrett, J Farrell; G Whelan, D Byrne; C O’Donoghue, J Guiney, C Sheehan; AJ Murphy, C McDonald, B Kelly. Subs: J Walsh for C O’Donoghue (h-t), A Nugent for J Farrell (42), E O’Hehir for G Whelan (49).
Ref – S Cleere (Kilkenny)