Shefflin return is postponed
Kilkenny 6-26 Offaly 1-15
HENRY SHEFFLIN'S long-awaited return to the inter-county scene was put on hold as Kilkenny romped to an emphatic victory over Offaly at the opening of Clara's new ground.
Shefflin was due to make his comeback and was named amongst the substitutes but the Ballyhale Shamrocks man was a notable absentee from the action.
A Kilkenny team minus Shefflin, Brian Hogan, Jackie Tyrell, Richie Power, Michael Fennelly and JJ Delaney to name a few turned on the style as they routed the home team.
SCORERS -- Kilkenny: T Breen 2-4, J Brennan 2-0, TJ Reid 1-3, W Walsh 1-1, P Walsh 0-4, A Fogarty and G Aylward 0-3 each, P Hogan 0-2 (2f), J Tennyson, M Walsh, R Hogan, E Larkin and C Fogarty 0-1 each. Offaly: B Carroll 0-5, S Ryan 1-1, J Bergin 0-4 (1f), S Dooley 0-4 (2f), C Mahon 0-1
Kilkenny - E Murphy; T Walsh, K Joyce, R Doyle; J Tennyson, P Murphy, L Ryan; P Hogan, C Fogarty; E Larkin, TJ Reid, P Walsh; T Breen, R Hogan, A Fogarty. Subs: B Kennedy (for T Walsh), W Walsh (for Hogan), J Brennan (for Larkin), M Walsh (for Reid), G Aylward (for P Walsh), J Lyng (for Doyle).
Offaly -- J Dempsey; S Wynne, D Kenny, J Rigney; B Harding, P Cleary, D Morkan; K Brady, C Hernon; C Parlon, B Carroll, B Murphy; T Carroll, J Bergin, S Ryan. Subs: S Dooley (for Carroll), C Mahon (for Cleary 36), C McDonald (for Wynne 44), D Franks (for Rigney 44), D Molloy (for B Murphy 47), G Healion (for Bergin), S Coughlan (for Kenny 53), E Murphy (for Harding), C Egan (for McDonald).
REF -- B Gavin.