Offaly footballers suffer fourth defeat as relegation looms large

Offaly struggle to overcome slow start against Armagh

Offaly Express Reporter


Offaly Express Reporter


Offaly are staring down the barrel of relegation from Division 3 of the Allianz Football League after they suffered their fourth successive defeat of the campaign on Sunday.

Offaly 1-9 Armagh 1-15

Offaly never overcame a slow start where they allowed the visitors to jump out to an early six point lead early in the game and there were still six points between the teams when the final whistle went.

Armagh were quickly out of the blocks and were 0-3 to 0-1 ahead after just four minutes. The advantage was six points when Gregory McCabe hit the back of the net but Offaly responded quickly with a goal of their own from Sean Doyle to leave three points between the teams after 11 minutes. 

Unfortunately for Offaly, Armagh were finding scores easier to come by and the visitors were 1-10 to 1-5 ahead at the break. 

Armagh came out strong at the start of the second-half hitting another three points and while Offaly responded to get back within five at one stage, they never truly looked as if they were going to overhaul their opponents. 

The result leaves Offaly routed to the foot of the table with no points from their four games. However all is not yet lost for Offaly in this year's league as Wexford also have no points while Sligo and Derry are just ahead on two points. 

Offaly travel to Wexford next weekend in what is a must win game for Stephen Wallace's side as a loss in Wexford Park would all but seal their relegation to Division 4. 

Offaly's other remaining games are at home to Sligo and away to Westmeath. If they can win all three games, they could escape the drop while two wins out of three might be enough to let them escape, depending on how other results fall.