OFFALY won one and lost one in their two important clashes with Waterford over the weekend.
Allianz HL Division 1: Offaly 1-19 Waterford 2-19
Allianz FL Division 3: Waterford 1-12 Offaly 1-14
Despite a late rally, Offaly suffered a defeat at the hands of Waterford in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 in Tullamore. That result coupled with Wexford’s surprise win over Cork means that Joe Dooley’s men are not yet safe in the top flight as if they lose in their final game against Kilkenny and Wexford pick up anything against Tipp, Offaly will drop to Division 2.
The hurlers trailed by 1-14 to 1-10 at the break and all seemed lost entering the last ten minutes as Waterford lead by 2-18 to 1-13. To their credit Offaly rallied in the closing stages but they could not overhaul the deficit.
Meanwhile the footballers kept their push for promotion on track with a win over Waterford in Dungarvan however they were made to fight all the way by the home side.
Offaly trailed by 1-5 to 0-3 early in the game and were struggling but a goal from Sean Pender got them back in the hunt. It was nip and tuck all the way from there but late points from Ciaran McManus who finished the game with six and Brian Connor snathced the win for Offaly.
That win now sets up a cup final with Westmeath next weekend with the winner going to finish in the promotion places. A draw would be enough for Offaly.
See this week’s Offaly Express for full reports on both games.