Offaly hurlers and footballers bounce back with wins over Antrim and Cavan

AFTER suffering disappointing defeats the previous weekend against Wexford, the Offaly Senior hurlers and senior footballers both bounced back this weekend with impressive wins.

AFTER suffering disappointing defeats the previous weekend against Wexford, the Offaly Senior hurlers and senior footballers both bounced back this weekend with impressive wins.

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B

Offaly 1-22

Antrim 1-17

On the weekend where the Antrim club champions Loughgiel Shamrocks overcame Offaly champions Coolderry in the All Ireland Club Final, the county’s hurlers gained a modicum of revenge on Sunday with a five point win in O’Connor Park.

Offaly were in control throughout the game at one stage leading by 12 points however for the second week in a row they took their foot off the pedal and Antrim hit back with 1-5 unanswered to get back into the game.

Thankfully for Offaly they had enough in hand this week and with Shane Dooley scoring 1-10, they stay very much in the hunt for top spot in Division 1B with critical games against Limerick and Clare to come.

Allianz Football League Division 3

Cavan 0-11

Offaly 1-10

Four points down at half-time and harshly reduced to 14 men within five minutes of the restart when Shane Sullivan was dismissed, the Offaly Senior Footballers showed a real determination that had been missing thusfar this year to see off Cavan and earn their first win of the campaign.

The win not only keeps their chances of avoiding relegation alive, it also means their fate is still in their own hands with games against Sligo and Tipperary to come.

After conceding nine points in the first-half, 14 man Offaly restricted Cavan to just two in the second-half while adding 1-5 with the goal coming from Ken Casey who put home the rebound after his initial penalty was saved.

See this week’s Offaly Express (on sale Tuesday March 20) for full reports and reaction from both games