The Offaly Minor Ladies Footballers kicked of their Championship campaign with a dramatic one point away win against Longford recently.
Having trailed by as many as 10 points, Offaly produced an incredible comeback in the second-half to secure a superb one point win.
Longford started the first half the better side and with only minutes on the clock led by 1-1 to no score. Offaly had their chances but were guilty of goal chasing instead of taken their points. They only managed to put three points on the score sheet in the first half with two of those points coming from the boot of Mairead Daly and the other from her St Rynagh’s Club mate Grainne Dolan. At the interval, things did not look good for the Offaly women they trailed 2-3 to 0-3.
Early in the second half Longford scored a goal and won a free, which was converted. With ten points between the sides, the Offaly Ladies backs were to the wall but they got into gear and two great points from Mairead Daly started to reduce the Longford lead.
Substitute Ciara McCormack has surley earned her place on the team by scoring 1-2 when she replaced Ciara Brady at corner forward.
Offaly won a free within scoring range, which Naomh Molaoise star Aoife Norris converted. The St Rynagh’s duo Mairead Daly and Ciara McCormack notched up another 1-3 between them to give Offaly a three-point lead with only minutes remaining.
However, the Longford girls were not finished and Offaly saw their three-point lead reduced to one but the final whistle sounded soon after with Offaly coming away with a one point win.
Team and Panel: Laureen Dunne, Dawn Hannon. Shauna Farrelly, Anne Daly, Sinead Daly, Hannah McMahon, Nicole Farrelly, Mairead Daly (1-6), Aoife Norris (0-1f), Ciara O’ Connor, Grainne Dolan (0-1), Emma Corcoran, Orla Kelly, Katie Killeen, Ciara Brady. Claire Connolly for Orla Kelly (injured), Ciara McCormack (1-2) for Ciara Brady, Shauna O’ Meara, Emma Cuddy, Tamara Daly, Donna Murray, Becca Gorman.
Offaly will play Laois in the next round on March 18, which will be a home game for Offaly.