Offaly hurlers licking their wounds after late collapse against Wexford

WHEN the final whistle sounded, Wexford supporters paused before a huge cheer greeted the dramatic comeback which sent a shell-shocked Offaly side to the dressing-room, with the home side having pulled off one of the great escapes in this Allianz Hurling League Division 1B game played at Wexford Park on Sunday last.

WHEN the final whistle sounded, Wexford supporters paused before a huge cheer greeted the dramatic comeback which sent a shell-shocked Offaly side to the dressing-room, with the home side having pulled off one of the great escapes in this Allianz Hurling League Division 1B game played at Wexford Park on Sunday last.

Wexford 3-18

Offaly 2-20

WHEN the final whistle sounded, Wexford supporters paused before a huge cheer greeted the dramatic comeback which sent a shell-shocked Offaly side to the dressing-room, with the home side having pulled off one of the great escapes in this Allianz Hurling League Division 1B game played at Wexford Park on Sunday last.

Nine points adrift (2-20 to 0-17) with seven minutes remaining, and still five points behind four minutes from the end, somehow Wexford managed to pull off a dramatic victory. It was last year’s Minor star, Jack Guiney, introduced as a half-time substitute, who blazed a 21-metre free to the net from slightly to the right of goal, with the ball being deflected onto the underside of the crossbar before dropping down for a dramatic winning goal on 70 minutes.

This is a result which could have telling ramifications for both sides. The two points help to lift Wexford after their opening game defeat to Antrim, while the loss now leaves Offaly on two points, along with Limerick and Antrim, with Laois tied to the bottom, as Clare emerge as clear leaders with a one hundred per cent record from two games played.

See today’s (Tuesday’s) Offaly Express for full report on the game