Offaly’s interest in this year’s All Ireland Football Championship came to a crashing end on Saturday afternoon as they were hammered by 22 points by Tyrone.
All Ireland SFC qualifers
Both teams were missing a number of first team regulars but the strength in depth in the Tyrone squad was evident as they were still able to bring in All Ireland winners from the bench as the game progressed.
Playing with the wind in the first-half, Tyrone were ahead by 0-15 to 0-1 at half-time with corner-forward Darren McCurry the destroyer in chief.
Offaly’s solitary score in the opening 35 minutes came from a free from Peter Cunningham just before half-time.
Tyrone could have had a number of goals in the first-half but they chose to take their points to build their impressive lead.
Things did not improve for Offaly after the break with Tyrone kicking the first five points to extend the lead to 19.
Offaly eventually began to put up a fight with substitutes Ruairi Allen and Ciaran Hurley adding some pace to the attack.
Hurley was unlucky not to find the back of the net when his shot rattled the crossbar but he did slot over a point soon after, one of two he scored after entering the game. Offaly’s best player, Brian Darby, also scored a point while Ken Casey kicked four points in the second-half.
Unfortunately for Offaly, Tyrone continued to add to their total and they eventually got the goal they had been threatening when substitute Ronan O’Neill fired home from close range.
In the end Tyrone cruised to victory and will await the draw for the next round of the qualifiers on Monday.
Offaly: Alan Mulhall; Brian Darby, Paul McConway, Shane Sullivan; Niall Darby, David Hanlon, Eoin Carroll; Alan McNamee, Johnny Brickland; Graham Guilfoyle, Peter Cunningham, Daragh Corbett; Derek Kelly, Niall McNamee, Ken Casey. Subs: Padraig Bracken for Johnny Brickland (14mins), Ciaran Hurley for Graham Guilfoyle (23mins), Daniel Currams for Derek Kelly (26mins), Ruairi Allen for Alan McNamee (40mins), Willie Mulhall for Eoin Carroll (46mins)
Tyrone: Pascal McConnell; Ryan McKenna, Danny McBride, Cathal McCarron; Conor Clarke, Peter Harte, Conor Gormley; Colm Cavanagh, Sean Cavanagh; Matthew Donnelly, Mark Donnelly, Ciaran McGinley; Darren McCurry, Martin Penrose, Conor McAliskey. Subs: Joe McMahon for Colm Cavanagh (HT), Ronan O’Neill for Darren McCurry (53mins), Aidan Cassidy for Conor Clarke (56mins), Plunkett Kane for Matthew Donnelly (65mins)
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