EARLIER this year in March at O’Connor Park, Offaly suffered a 1-13 to 2-23 drubbing at the hands of Dublin and Joe Dooley will be hoping this isn’t a sign of what is to come this Sunday.
Both counties were without several regulars for that NHL joust. Paul Cleary, James Rigney, David Kenny, Derek Molloy, Joe Brady, David Franks and Brendan Murphy were unavailable for Offaly, while Dubs boss Anthony Daly hadn’t the services of Alan McCrabbe, David ‘Dotsie’ O’Callaghan, Declan O’Dwyer, David Treacy and Maurice O’Brien.
Former Tipp player Ryan O’Dwyer and Conal Keaney were the scoring stars for Dublin and you can be sure they’ll prove quite a handful on Sunday also.
Offaly: Shane Dooley (1-3, 0-2 frees), Brian Carroll (0-5, 0-3 frees), Joe Bergin (0-1), James Mulrooney (0-1), Conor Mahon (0-1), Dylan Hayden (0-1), Odhran Kealey (0-1).
Dublin: Conal Keaney (0-9, 0-7 frees), Ryan Dwyer (2-2), Daire Plunkett (0-3), John McCaffrey (0-2), Conor Clinton (0-2), Conor McCormack (0-1), Peadar Carton (0-1), Paul Schutte (0-1), Paul Ryan (0-1), Shane Ryan (0-1).
OFFALY: James Dempsey; Brian Mulrooney, Derek Morkan, Stephen Egan; Rory Hanniffy, Dylan Hayden, Michael Verney; Conor Mahon, Cathal Parlon; Joe Bergin, James Mulrooney, Colin Egan; Shane Dooley (capt.), Ger Healion, Brian Carroll. Subs: Daniel Currams for D Hayden (blood, 30 mins, reversed half time), D Currams for C Parlon (41 mins), Michael Cordial for J Mulrooney (44 mins), Stephen Wynne for G Healion (48 mins), Odhran Kealey for S Dooley inj (64 mins).
DUBLIN: Gary Maguire; Niall Corcoran, Tomás Brady, Peter Kelly; Paul Schutte, Joe Boland, Shane Durkan; John McCaffrey, Liam Rushe; Conal Keaney, Liam Ryan (capt.), Conor McCormack; Daire Plunkett, Ryan Dwyer, Peadar Carton. Subs: Paul Ryan for R Dwyer (50 mins), Shane Ryan for L Ryan (50 mins), Conor Clinton for C McCormack (57 mins), Stephen Hiney for P Schutte inj (60 mins), Oisín Gough for S Durkan (68 mins).
REFEREE: Alan Kelly, Galway.