Offaly must improve for Laois clash

THE Offaly minor hurlers came close to an ignominious exit from the Leinster Championship last Saturday at the hands of Meath in O’Connor Park.

THE Offaly minor hurlers came close to an ignominious exit from the Leinster Championship last Saturday at the hands of Meath in O’Connor Park.

Offaly went into the game as red hot favourites but when the dust had settled, they had a late miss from the Royal County to thank for a nervous win.

This Saturday they take on a Laois team who gave a good account of themselves against Kilkenny and if Offaly do not up their game, their provincial campaign will come to a shuddering halt.

Laois kept pace with Kilkenny for 50 minutes and by all accounts were unlucky to find themselves eight points adrift when the final whistle went.

PJ Scully was their scorer in chief accounting for nine of his side’s 15 points while centre-forward Cha Dwyer chipped in with four points.

Against Meath, Offaly looked over confident from the start and as the game progressed they began to lose numerous individual battles. Meath were hungrier and more often than not were first to the ball in their own half of the field.

Simply put, Offaly will have to up their performance, their physicality and their work-rate if they don’t want to suffer defeat to their neighbours.