Galway prove too strong

AFTER a promising first half where they started strongly and held the lead, Offaly fell away in the second-half as Galway proved just too strong in Banagher last Saturday.

AFTER a promising first half where they started strongly and held the lead, Offaly fell away in the second-half as Galway proved just too strong in Banagher last Saturday.

John Troy’s side were without Michaela Morkan but they showed no fear against a very strong Galway side

The accuracy of Elaine Dermody had the home side in front as she lofted over five points including a perfectly struck free from close to the halfway line.

However leading by two points with half-time approaching, Offaly were hit with a sucker punch when Tara Rutledge found the back of the net.

The visitors from just across the Shannon then found their stride and added three points before the interval to turn a two point deficit into a five point advantage.

Offaly never got going in the second-half as Galway added another eight points to put the game well beyond their hosts bringing their total scoring run to 1-11 with Offaly registering a score.

Eventually Offaly ended their scoring drought with a goal from Drumcullen’s Dermody from a well struck free before Orlaigh Kirwan fired the ball over the bar for Offaly’s only score from play.