Flying start sets up win for Offaly

Offaly Ladies recorded a fine victory over Antrim in Clonbullogue on Sunday in their second match in the National League Division 4.

Offaly Ladies recorded a fine victory over Antrim in Clonbullogue on Sunday in their second match in the National League Division 4.

In a match played in near perfect conditions, the Offaly team ran out winners on a final score of 6-9 to 4-5. Playing with the wind in the first half Offaly got off to a flying start. A fifth minute point by debutante Emma Corcoran was followed quickly by a splendid goal from captain Orlaith Heavey.

A converted free by Kim Furey , a point from full forward Amy Kerrigan and a second point by Emma Corcoran was followed by a second goal, this time scored by Mairead Daly, another player making her senior debut.

At this stage Offaly were in total command, displaying fluid passing, fitness and accurate shooting which is a result of the level of commitment and training that is being put in. Two more goals and a point from Orlaith Heavey, who turned in a very strong performance at centre field, together with a point each from Kym Furey and Emma Corcoran left Offaly 4-7 to 0-0 to the good after twenty minutes.

Antrim, who until this point had not managed to settle in to the pace of the game, rallied bravely and with some hard work and determination notched up a quickfire 2-1 leaving the half time score Offaly 4-7 Antrim 2-1.

The second half started in the same way with Antrim scoring another t2-3 without reply to leave just four points between the sides before the excellent young Emma Corcoran pounced on a short kick out with 10 minutes to go and finished a fine solo run with a shot which found the roof of the net.

The Offaly ladies took great heart from this score and finished the match strongly with a further two points from Emma Corcoran, bringing her tally to 1-5 on the day, and a second goal from another excellent young player from the St Rynagh’s Club, Mairead Daly.

Antrim could only reply with a point as Offaly ran out winners. Offaly Ladies Football would like to thank Clonbullogue GAA for the use of their facilities.

OFFALY: Leanne Galvin, Aoife Byrne, Orlaith Daly, Michelle Guinan, Aisling O Connor, Chtristine McDonald, Niamh Malone, Orlaith Heavey, Emma Dalton Alisha Hunston, Mairead Daly, Riona Byrne, Kim Furey, Amy Kerrigan, Emma Corcoran. Subs used: Ciara McCormack, Therese Hickey, Patrice Stapleton.

Offaly Minors start their Leinster Championship on Sunday in Tubber at 2 pm against Dublin. We wish the girls the best of luck. Please support the girls it would be very much appreciated.

Training for Senior and Minors continues on Wednesday night in Ballinagar at 8 pm. Offaly U-16 training will take place in Cappincur on Saturday at 2 pm.

The Offaly under 14’s will play a challenge game against Kildare on Sunday morning in Edenderry at 11.30am. Come along and give your support to the girls. The Clubs Leagues start this week end and we wish the best of luck to all Senior and Junior Clubs in the County