Wednesday 25 April 2018

Sorry Offaly have no answers as Flynn pulls the strings for Galway

Galway 6-23 Offaly 1-12

Jason Flynn: Scored 2-7. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Jason Flynn: Scored 2-7. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Brian Lowry

Galway were ruthless in kicking off their Division 1B campaign in Tullamore yesterday by dishing out a 26-point hammering to Offaly.

Micheál Donoghue's men played against the strong breeze in the opening half but that didn't stop them carving Offaly open and leading 4-9 to 1-8 at half-time with Jason Flynn to the fore with 2-7 of their opening 35 minutes total.

Offaly had no answer to the power and skill of the Galway men and when half-time substitute Dermot Shortt was dismissed 10 minutes into the second half, Offaly capitulated and Galway turned the screw.

Emphatic

The St Thomas' pair of Conor Cooney and David Burke started and were in fine form with 1-7 between them.

Donoghue was happy to get the win but insisted that he won't be getting carried away.

"It was good to get started after the Walsh Cup. We looked at a lot of players. Today was the first game and I know the win was emphatic enough but there were still areas in the game, particularly in the second half we would like to work on.

"Next week is a big week. We have Wexford coming to Galway and they have been doing really well up to now.

"It will be a big challenge for us but we are looking forward to our first home game. We are not going to be getting carried away with the first round in the league. It's onwards and upwards now."

Galway burst out of the blocks. They led 1-2 to 0-0 after seven minutes with Flynn on point for all of their scores. Offaly were just about staying in touch but Galway struck for their second goal on 18 minutes as Conor Whelan cut in along the end line to raise the green flag.

A 2-3 to 0-4 lead became 3-5 to 1-4 five minutes later with Flynn racing in for his second goal before Sean Cleary instantly responded for Offaly to give them a glimmer of hope.

Galway were able to push the buttons when needed and a fourth goal from David Burke in first-half stoppage time gave them a 4-9 to 1-8 half-time lead.

Shortt's dismissal on 45 minutes left Offaly in an even deeper hole and, five minutes later, Whelan got in for his second goal after Conor Cooney provided the assist. It was a rout by now and with 15 minutes to go, Brian Molloy registered their sixth goal to leave it 6-14 to 1-11.

Galway scored at will in the closing 15 minutes with Cooney leading the way as they pushed on to win by 26 points.

scorers - Galway: J Flynn 2-10 (8fs), C Whelan 2-0, C Cooney 0-6 (1f), D Burke 1-1, J Cooney 0-3, B Molloy 1-0, A Tuohy, J Coen, N Burke 0-1 each. Offaly: S Dooley 0-8 (8f), S Cleary 1-1, C Kiely 0-2, S Ryan 0-1.

GALWAY - C Callanan 7; M Donohoe 7, J Hanbury 8, P Killeen 7; G McInerney 7, A Tuohy 8, A Harte 7; J Coen 7, D Burke 8; D Glennon 7, J Cooney 8, P Flaherty 6; C Whelan 7, J Flynn 9, C Cooney 9. Subs: B Molloy 7 for P Flaherty (28), S Maloney 6 for C Whelan (51), M Conneely 6 for A Harte (51), N Burke 7 for D Glennon (51), T Monaghan 6 for J Flynn (61).

OFFALY - J Dempsey 6; D Maloney 6, M Cleary 6, P Rigney 6; A Treacy 6, C Doughan 7, B Conneely 6; P Murphy 7, C Kiely 6; S Dooley 6, S Gardiner 6, E Nolan 6; S Ryan 6, O Kelly 6, S Cleary 6. Subs: P Camon 6 for D Maloney (h-t), J Mulrooney 6 for E Nolan (h-t), D Shortt 5 for P Rigney (h-t), P Geraghty 6 for O Kelly (54), T Carroll 5 for S Cleary (59).

Ref - C Lyons (Cork)

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