Sunday 25 March 2018

Sensational Tannian leads 14-man Offaly a merry dance

Galway 1-24
Offaly 1-10

GALWAY continued their blistering start to the year as they completely outclassed Offaly in Tullamore.

The visitors controlled the game from start to finish and they could have won by a lot more had they desired.

This was Galway's second successive week to rattle up a score of 1-24 and, no matter what the standard of opposition, that is very impressive scoring at this time of year.

The one-sided nature of the contest meant that there was little to set the pulses racing for a good crowd.

Galway did provide plenty of quality and they looked good when they injected real pace into their play, but for a lot of the time they were happy to operate in a comfort zone.

Full-forward Iarla Tannian was in sensational form. He scored six fine points from play but there was a lot more to his game than that as he tortured a beleaguered Offaly defence all afternoon.

With Ger Farragher in unerring form from frees -- he scored eight points, seven of them from placed balls -- and Eanna Ryan opening up a head of steam in the second half, it was a testing afternoon for the Offaly defence.


Galway hit the ground running while playing against the wind and were four points to the good within eight minutes. Offaly rallied and by the 16th minute they had the gap back to a point, but some bad wides cooked their goose.

By half-time, Galway were 0-9 to 0-4 ahead and the dismissal of Offaly's Cathal Parlon for a second yellow card before the interval meant that the second half was a formality.

A well-taken Aongus Callanan goal two minutes into the second half ended it as a contest and the points flowed freely for the winners before Joe Bergin got a late consolation goal from a free.

Offaly had provided some grounds for hope with a battling performance when losing to Cork in the first round but this impoverished display was a sobering experience -- one without any redeeming factor and they look set for a desperate struggle against relegation.

Man of the match -- Iarla Tannian (Galway).

SCORERS -- Galway: G Farragher 0-8 (6f, 1 s-l), I Tannian 0-6, E Ryan 0-4, A Callanan 1-0, D Burke 0-3, A Cullinane 0-2, J Coen 0-1. Offaly: J Bergin 1-4 (1-2f), S Dooley 0-3 (1 '65', 1f), B Carroll, C Parlon and M Cordial 0-1 each.

GALWAY -- C Callanan 7; D Collins 6, J Lee 8, G O'Halloran 6; G Mahon 6, T Og Regan 6, A Cullinane 8; D Barry 6, D Burke 8; E Ryan 8, A Smith 7, G Farragher 8; A Callanan 7, I Tannian 9, J Coen 6. Subs: D Hayes 6 for Mahon (42), N Healy 6 for Regan (47), N Cahalan 6 for Coen (59), K Kilkenny for A Callanan (63), B Murphy 6 for Burke (67).

OFFALY -- J Dempsey 6; B Mulrooney 6, D Kenny 5, S Egan 6; D Hayden 6, P Healion 6, D Morkan 7; C Parlon 5, K Brady 6; B Carroll 6, J Bergin 7, C Egan 6; S Dooley 7, P Bermingham 6, S Wynne 6. Subs: M Cordial 6 for Brady (25), M Verney for Kenny (h-t), O Kealey 6 for Bermingham (h-t), J Mulrooney for Wynne (45), G Healion for Dooley (63).

Ref -- B Kelly (Westmeath).

Irish Independent

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