Offaly ended their five year wait for a win in the Cadbury’s Leinster U-21 FC with a three point win over Meath in Gracefield on Wednesday night following a superb team performance.
Under the lights and infront of an impressive crowd, Offaly rattled off 1-3 without reply early in the second-half despite the fact that they were down to 14 men after Paul McPadden was sent off late in the first half for an off the ball incident that escaped the attention of everyone except one linesman.
Mark Young scored the all important goal and Offaly could easily have had two more in this period but Meath ‘keeper Conor McHugh made two fine saves including one stunning stop from a Bernard Allen drive.
Meath clawed their way back in the closing minutes but never looked like getting the equalising goal and they were reduced to 14 men in second-half injury-time when Daragh Maguire was shown a red card for a high tackle.
The sides were level at 0-5 apiece at half-time with Offaly not firing on all cylinders but as is often the case, they upped their game tremendously in the second-half and were deserving winners.
See next week’s Offaly Express for a full report, reaction and a look ahead to next Wednesday’s clash with Kildare