Shane Dooley lead the way for Offaly scoring 2-9 in total and his second-half goals gave his side a fighting chance but in the end they simply ran out of time.
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Offaly struggled for scores in the first-half and went to the break trailing by 0-11 to 0-6. They were dealt a blow before the game started when full-back and captain David Kenny was forced to withdraw.
Lusmagh’s Sean Gardiner was called in the starting line up and he along with Coolderry’s David King made their NHL debuts.
Offaly found scores easier to come by in the second-half but Dublin matched them score for score and with 15 minutes to go Dublin still lead by five points at 0-16 to 0-11 The game exploded into life when Shane Dooley rattled the ball to the back of the net to get Offaly back within two.
However Dublin struck back immediately when Danny Sutcliffe reacted quickest to dispatch the ball home for a goal after James Dempsey had initially made a brilliant save to deny Johnny McCaffrey.
Dublin extended the lead to six but with nine minutes to go Offaly again got back within two when Shane Dooley rattled home a 21 metre free and Cathal Parlon fired over a fine point.
That left the score at 2-14 to 1-18 and the game was right back in the balance but Dublin hit the next two points to put daylight between the sides again.
Shane Dooley slotted over two more points, one from a sideline, to reduce the deficit to the minimum but time expired and Dublin held on for a one point win . Scorers Dublin: Paul Ryan 0-7 (0-6 frees), Conal Keaney 0-5, Danny Sutcliffe 1-2, Conor McCormack 0-3, Joey Boland, Kevin Byrne, Johnny McCaffrey 0-1 each. Offaly: Shane Dooley 2-9 (1-8 frees, 0-1 side-line cut), Cathal Parlon 0-2, Joe Bergin 0-2 (0-1 free), Rory Hanniffy, James Mulrooney, Brian Carroll 0-1 each. . DUBLIN: Gary Maguire; Peter Kelly, Paul Schutte, Ruairi Trainor; Michael Carton, Liam Rushe, Shane Durkin; Joey Boland, Kevin Byrne; Conal Keaney, Johnny McCaffrey (capt.), Danny Sutcliffe; Paul Ryan, Conor McCormack, Mark Schutte. Subs.: David Treacy for M Schutte (55 mins), Niall Corcoran for P Schutte inj (58 mins), David O’Callaghan for D Sutcliffe (66 mins), Simon Lambert for K Byrne (69 mins). . OFFALY: James Dempsey; Derek Morkan, Chris McDonald, David King; Dermot Mooney, Kevin Brady, Sean Gardiner; Rory Hanniffy, Sean Ryan; Brian Carroll, Joe Bergin (capt.), Cathal Parlon; James Mulrooney, Shane Dooley, Odhran Kealey. Subs.: Colin Egan for O Kealey (33 mins), Thomas Carroll for S Ryan (51 mins), Derek Molloy for B Carroll (66 mins). . REFEREE: James McGrath, Westmeath.