Offaly footballers rout Antrim to get back on track

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Offaly GAA Football

Allianz Football League Division 3

Offaly 0-23
Antrim 1-7

After the disappointing result in their opening game against Longford, Offaly got back on track in style on Sunday with a 13 point win over Antrim that was never in doubt from start to finish in O'Connor Park.

Offaly scored the first five points of the game and were 0-9 to 0-4 ahead by the break. Offaly really pushed on at the start of the second-half scoring the next eight points before Antrim managed to add to their total.

Antrim did manage to add four late scores, including a goal but Offaly finished on the front foot scoring the last three points to win by an impressive 13 points.

David Hanlon opened the scoring after 30 seconds with points from Bernard Allen, Eoin Carroll, Brian Darby and Nigel Dunne making it 0-5 to 0-0 after 20 minutes.

Antrim eventually opened their account and managed to post four points before the break but Graham Guilfoyle, Nigel Dunne (2) and Eoin Carroll matched those scores to leave Offaly 0-9 to 0-4 ahead.

Another period of dominance followed for Offaly after the restart as they eight points without reply to take the game away from the visitors.

Michael Brazil, Bernard Allen, Conor McNamee, Graham Guilfoyle, Nigel Dunne and Brian Darby all got in on the scoring act for the home side.

Antrim eventually ended their drought just before the hour mark and they did get the consolation of a goal from Matthew Fitzpatrick.

It was just a scant consolation however as Offaly pressed on with Nigel Dunne scoring four points late in the game with Willie Mulhall lofting over another.

Offaly's next game is at home to Louth on February 26. Louth have started their campaign with two wins over Laois and Longford. They top the table as the only team with a 100% record while Offaly move up to third, just behind Sligo.