Offaly lose out in local derby

THE Offaly Ladies lost their second match in this year’s National Football League when they came up against a very strong Westmeath team in Ferbane on Sunday.

THE Offaly Ladies lost their second match in this year’s National Football League when they came up against a very strong Westmeath team in Ferbane on Sunday.

This was always going to be a tough game for the girls as Westmeath had won all of their games to date.

From the start, the Westmeath ladies showed their intentions scoring three unanswered points. Offaly corner-forward Therese Hickey got the Offaly girls on the scoreboard with a well taken point but the Westmeath girls regained possession and went down and scored their first goal although there was more than a hint of a square-ball.

The Offaly girls kept battling on but the score line at the interval was 2-6 to 0-1 in Westmeath’s favour.

Substitutions made at half time gave Offaly a new impetus with Lorraine Kenna replacing Mariead Kavanagh and Treasa McManus replacing Sarah Maloney.

The girls put in a better performance in the second half with Kym Furey getting on the scoreboard with a superbly taken goal after receiving the ball from Treasa McManus. Kym scored three more points and there was also a point from Christine McDonald.

However Westmeath managed 3-3 in the second half with one of them again coming from what looked like a definite square ball.

A the end of the 60 minutes the final score was Westmeath 5-9 to Offaly 1-5. Thanks go to Ferbane for the use of their facilities. The girls now face Louth in the fifth round away on Sunday.

Offaly: Miriam Malone; Aishling O Connor, Patrice Stapleton, Michelle Guinan; Riona Byrne, Alicia Hewson, Christine McDonald; Orlagh Heavey, Emma Dalton; Sarah Maloney, Kym Furey, Bernie Walsh; Amy Kerrigan, Mariead Kavanagh, Therese Hickey. Subs: Lorraine Kenna for Mariead Kavanagh; Treasa McManus for Sarah Maloney; Deirdre Evans for Aishling O’Connor (injured); Niamh Daly for Riona Byrne; Rosie Hogan for Bernie Walsh.

Bord Gais Energy NFL Div 4

Offaly1-5

Westmeath5-9