After leading by 1-10 to 0-10 at half-time, Offaly only added another five points in the second half of their Walsh Cup clash with Wexford last Sunday.
Walsh Cup Rd 2
The home side took full advantage adding 1-14 in the second 35 minutes to run out 1-24 to 1-15 winners. The crucial score arrived with eight minutes to go as a goal from goalkeeper Mark Fanning from a penalty put seven points between the sides and set Wexford on course for victory.
Offaly started strongly and lead by 0-3 to 0-0 early in the game after points from Brian Carroll, Shane Dooley and Joe Bergin.
Wexford found their feet and got back on level terms but a goal for Derek Molloy midway through the half put Offaly in front again and further points put them 1-9 to 0-6 ahead. However Wexford rallied and by the break had closed the gap to 1-10 to 0-10.
Wexford clawed their way back into the game and midway through the second-half the sides were level. Wexford continued to pick off their points and then eight minutes from time put the game beyond doubt with Fanning’s goal.
Shane Dooley was the only Offaly player to score more than once on the day while Wexford have five players who found the target multiple times
Scorers – Wexford: G Moore 0-12 (0-9f), H Kehoe 0-3, M Fanning 1-0 pen, P Morris 0-2, R Kehoe 0-2 (0-1 ‘65’), D Redmond 0-2, E Doyle 0-1, PJ Nolan 0-1, P Doran 0-1.
Offaly: Shane Dooley 0-9 (0-6f), D Molloy 1-0, B Carroll 0-1, J Bergin 0-1, T Carroll 0-1, C Parlon0-1, D Morkham 0-1, D Mooney 0-1
Wexford – M Fanning; B Kenny, C Kenny, E Moore; R Kehoe, A Shore, J Tonks; L Chin, E Doyle; H Kehoe, P Morris, G Moore; PJ Nolan, M O’Regan, P Doran. Subs: A Kenny for C Kenny (29mins), D Redmond for L Chin (35mins, S Murphy for H Kehoe (67mins), K Gore for E Doyle (69mins).
Offaly – James Dempsey; Chris McDonald, David Kenny, David King; D Mooney, Kevin Brady, Derek Morkham; Rory Hanniffy, Cathal Parlon; Brian Carroll, Shane Dooley, Tom Carroll; Odhran Kealey, Derek Molloy, Joe Bergin. Subs: Sean Ryan for Kealey (53mins), M Cleary for J Bergin (65mins), P Cleary for C McDonald (65mins).