Offaly returned home empty handed from their nine hour roundtrip to Derry last Sunday in their league opener as a goal 10 minutes from time for the home side proved to be the decisive score.
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Playing with the strong wind in the first half, Offaly built a 1-7 to 1-2 lead with St Rynagh’s Siobhan Flannery getting the goal just before the break.
However in the shadow of snow capped mountains on a bitterly cold day, the home side gradually hauled Offaly back in the second-half and a goal from Grainne McNicholl ten minutes from time put them front and they held onto their lead until the finish.
Offaly will have to regroup for their next game against Cork next Saturday which will be played as part of a double header with the National Football League game between Offaly and Carlow in O’Connor Park.
With the wind at their backs, Offaly started well and by the 12th minute led by 0-4 to 0-1. Karen Kielt opened the scoring for Derry but two points from captain Arlene Watkins and one apiece for Tina Hannon and Elaine Dermody eased Offaly into the lead.
Offaly were applying all the pressure at this stage and further points from Siobhan Flannery, Watkins and Michaela Morkan left Offaly with a healthy 0-7 to 0-1 lead with 24 minutes on the clock.
Derry eventually added to their total after 26 minutes with a point from Aine Kelly but Offaly struck back in style soon after when Siobhan Flannery found the back of the net.
That score put Offaly eight points ahead and in a strong position however before the break Derry got right back in contention with a goal from Katie McAnenely.
Offaly should have been further ahead at the break given their superiority in terms of territory and possession however they missed a number of chances and that would come back to haunt them in the second half.
After the restart, Offaly were facing into the teeth of the wind but they extended their lead four minutes after the restart when Elaine Dermody slotted the ball over the bar.
Two points from Karen Kielt and one from Grainne McGoldrick for Derry reduced the gap but midway through the half Siobhan Flannery pointed for Offaly to leave the visitors still ahead by 1-9 to 1-5.
However Derry found their scoring form and a run of 1-4 in six minutes catapulted them into the lead entering the final ten minutes. A point from Elaine Dermody got Offaly back within two but that was as close as Aidan Franks’ side got as a late point from Broan McGillian rounded off the win for Derry
Offaly: Eleanor Clendennen; Fiona Stephens, Lorraine Keena, Sheila Sullivan; Linda Sullivan, Michaela Morkan (0-1), Marian Crean; Tina Hannon (0-1), Triona McDonald; Catherine Kenna, Arlene Watkins (0-3), Orlagh Kirwan; Aoife Kelly, Elaine Dermody (0-3), Siobhan Flannery (1-2). Subs: Jean Brady for Orlagh Kirwan (27mins), Debbie Flynn for Catherine Kenna (45mins), Anne Marie Guinan for Triona McDonald (58mins)