Offaly outclassed by Wexford but one positive as Niall McNamee returns to action

Offaly were simply outclassed by Wexford in O’Connor Park on Sunday afternoon as Offaly slipped to a fourth successive defeat in this year’s league.

Offaly were simply outclassed by Wexford in O’Connor Park on Sunday afternoon as Offaly slipped to a fourth successive defeat in this year’s league.

Offaly 2-5

Wexford 1-21

Seven points down at half-time, a very lacklustre and rudderless Offaly did at least manage to get two goals in the second-half but the final margin between the sides in no way flatters the visitors as they also got into double figures with their wides.

Substitute Kevin Lynam was somewhat unlucky to be shown a straight red card just six minutes after his introduction for a late challenge on Adrian Flynn when it looked as if the Offaly man was simply fully committed to blocking the shot. On the day Offaly actually picked up more cards (8) than scores (7).

At that point Offaly were still seven points behind and it is doubtful that the result would have been any different if they had kept their full compliment on the field.

However there was at least one reason for Offaly fans to be cheerful as talisman Niall McNamee returned to action at half-time.

Amid reports of players leaving the panel and other declining invitations to link up with the squad, manager Gerry Cooney and his team have decided to stay on.

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