Wednesday 22 November 2017

game at a glance

Man of the match

Shane Dooley (Offaly)

Derek Morkan and David Kenny stuck their hands up in defence but for nerves of steel in facing up to that equalising free, Dooley gets the nod. Had a hand in two of the three goals.

Turning point

Daniel Currams'46th-minute red card. The game was slipping out of Offaly's grasp but with a cause to rally around, they reeled off the next three points.

Talking point

The best match of the championship so far. Offaly showed wonderful spirit to defy the odds. Galway's title credentials have been softened.

Ref watch

When both managers are in agreement that Offaly got the breaks then there has to be something in it. In the context of other fouls, Currams' red card looked slightly harsh.

What they said

Joe Dooley (Offaly manager):

"I'd probably agree (Offaly had to work harder for frees). Maybe the Galway/ Kilkenny ideal Leinster final was what was wanted but we have to do our own thing."

John McIntyre (Galway manager):

"We probably got more of the breaks from the man in the middle than Offaly did. We were lucky in some respects to have gotten a draw."

Match statistics

Wides: Offaly 8 (3); Galway 14 (9).

Frees: Offaly 13 (3); Galway 11 (8).

Yellow cards: Offaly 1 (D Franks 36); Galway 1 (C Donnellan 36).

Red cards: Offaly 1 (D Currams 46); Galway 0.

Attendance: 25,260.

What next?

They go at it again on Saturday in the replay.

Irish Independent

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