Crucial Dempsey save helps Offaly off the mark

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Offaly’s hurlers picked up their first win of their league campaign with a two point victory over Wexford in windswept O’Connor Park on Sunday

Offaly’s hurlers picked up their first win of their league campaign with a two point victory over Wexford in windswept O’Connor Park on Sunday

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B

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Offaly 0-16

Wexford 0-14

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However after coming from behind to take the lead with six unanswered points in the second-half, Offaly needed a last second save from a 21 metre free from goalkeeper James Dempsey to seal the win.
Wexford had the advantage of the wind in the first-half and built a 0-10 to 0-4 lead at the break. They also hit eight wides however in the first-half meaning Offaly were well in touch given the strength of the wind.

With 50 minutes gone, Wexford still held the lead at 0-13 to 0-10 before eventually Offaly clicked into gear going on a scoring streak that eventually turned the game in their favour.

From the 51st to 65th minutes Offaly lads hit six unanswered points through Shane Dooley, Cathal Parlon, Joe Bergin, Odhran Kealey, Thomas Carroll and Derek Morkan to move 0-16 to 0-13 clear.

Wexford pulled back a point from a free and they had one last chance to snatch a win but James Dempsey saved a 21 metre free from his opposite number Mark Fanning to seal the win for Offaly.

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Scorers: Offaly - Shane Dooley 0-7 frees, Joe Bergin 0-2, James Mulrooney 0-1, Colin Egan 0-1, Derek Molloy 0-1, Cathal Parlon 0-1, Odhran Kealey 0-1, Thomas Carroll 0-1, Derek Morkan 0-1.

Wexford - Paul Morris 0-10 (0-7 frees), Rory Jacob 0-2, Ciaran O’Shaughnessy 0-1, Richie Kehoe 0-1 free.

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Offaly: James Dempsey; Chris McDonald, David Kenny (capt.), David King; Derek ‘Del’ Morkan, Rory Hanniffy, Sean Gardiner; Kevin Brady, Brian Carroll; Colin Egan, Joe Bergin, Cathal Parlon; Shane Dooley, Derek Molloy, James Mulrooney. Sub.: Paul Cleary for S Gardiner (29 mins), Sean Ryan for D King (35 mins), Odhran Kealey for J Mulrooney (50 mins), Thomas Carroll for Molloy (59 mins).

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Wexford: Mark Fanning; Eoin Doyle, Andrew Shore, Bobby Kenny; James Tonks, Richie Kehoe, Andrew Kenny; David Redmond, Harry Kehoe; Gary Moore, Stephen Murphy, Ciaran O’Shaughnessy; Paul Morris, Garrett Sinnott, Rory Jacob. Sub.: Lee Chin for A Kenny (22 mins), Eoin Quigley for G Moore (24 mins), Micheal O’Regan for S Murphy (40 mins)

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Referee: Shane Hourigan, Limerick.