“THIS is some welcome for a returned emigrant,” went the line in the Christy Moore song. Tullamore sang the praises of their returned emigrant Shane Kelly as, with Kelly’s help, they pulled clear in the final stages of a tight contest with Lusmagh at Kinnitty on Sunday evening last.
The sides were deadlocked 0-10 each at the three-quarter mark and Ger Treacy had just ended a period of seven scoreless minutes with a fine point after Kevin Martin won a ball in a ruck. Edwin Finnerty had added to that two minutes later at which point Kelly, who won a New York Championship title with the Offaly club a week previously, was sprang from the bench.
Tullamore immediately quickened their intensity and Lusmagh couldn’t match it. Tullamore became more decisive in defence where previously they had struggled to clear under Lusmagh pressure. At the other end of the pitch the attack covered more ground, created more space, and the scores followed.
See ths week’s Offaly Express for full report on this game and the other five games in the final round of group games in the Offaly SHC