Full-forward Colm Daly was the star of the show for Offaly on Saturday as the St Rynagh’s man fired home a hat-trick which helped Offaly to a comprehensive 22 point win over Carlow in the Leinster Minor Hurling Championship.
Electric Ireland Leinster GAA Minor Hurling Championship Offaly 5-23
At half-time Offaly were just a point ahead at 2-8 to 2-7 but in front of their home crowd in Birr, Offaly dominated the second-half outscoring their opponents by 3-15 to 0-3 with the assistance of the strong wind.
It didn’t look good for Offaly at the start as Carlow flew into a 1-1 to 0-0 lead with Jason Shinners finding the back of the net.
Crucially Offaly responded quickly and Colm Daly’s first goal got the home side back on an even keel. Soon after James Kilmartin struck for a second goal but Carlow stayed in touch with Conor Foley finding the back of the net.
Offaly were still ahead by a point at the break but they really came out strong after the break and goals from midfielder Donal Mahon, two more from Daly and a succession of points left them 5-13 to 2-7 ahead and the game was over as a contest.
Offaly will now play Dublin in Round 2 of the Leinster MHC on May 4. The loser of this tie will be involved in the quarter-finals on May 18 and the winner will progress to the Leinster semi-finals which are scheduled for June 22.
Scorers: Offaly – Colm Daly 3-1, Dylan Murray 0-7 (0-5 frees & 0-1 ’65), Donal Mahon 1-3, James Kilmartin 1-1, Emmet Nolan 0-2 (0-1 free), Jordan Fogarty 0-2 (frees), Conor Freeman 0-2, Alan Spain 0-1, David Kelly 0-1, Daniel Doughan 0-1, Padraig Guinan 0-1, Ronan Hughes 0-1 . Carlow – James Doyle 0-7 (0-4 frees), Conor Foley 1-1, Jason Shinners 1-0, Eric Nolan 0-1, Kevin Hosey 0-1. . OFFALY: Eoghan Cahill; Craig Taylor, Cillian Kiely, Rian Kelly; Daniel Doughan, Conor Doughan, Ben Conneely; Emmet Nolan (capt.), Donal Mahon; Alan Spain, Dylan Murray, David Kelly; James Kilmartin, Colm Daly, Jordan Fogarty. Subs.: Padraig Guinan for D Murray (44 mins), Ronan Hughes for C Kiely (48 mins), Conor Freeman for J Kilmartin (51 mins), Jamie Coyne for R Kelly (55 mins), Adrian Cleary for C Daly (56 mins). . CARLOW: Jack Barron; Colin Byrne, Liam Cummins, Daniel Ryan; Ollie Meaney, Michael Malone, Jamie Whelan; Thomas Maher, Dion Wall; Paul Sheppard, James Doyle, Eric Nolan; Jason Shinners, Conor Foley, Neil Cogan. Subs.: Rory Doyle for P Sheppard (41 mins), Kevin Hosey for M Malone inj (47 mins), Adam Dunne for D Ryan (50 mins), Niall Quirke for N Cogan (53 mins), Conor Murphy for C Byrne (55 mins). . REFEREE: Peter Burke, Kilkenny.