No joy for Offaly today as three teams in action all lose out

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There was no joy for Offaly's GAA teams on Sunday as all three sides who took to the field lost out.

Kevin Martin's Offaly hurlers were looking to build on their impressive win over Dublin last weekend when they welcomed Limerick to O'Connor Park but the Munster side proved too strong coming away with a 1-24 to 0-10 victory.

Offaly matched the visitors in the opening stages and led by 0-4 to 0-3 after ten minutes and the sides were level at 0-6 apiece at the 20 minute mark. Unfortunately for Offaly, Limerick began to dominate possession and they pulled away before the break to take a 0-12 to 0-7 lead to the dressing rooms. 

They picked up where they left off in the second-half and steadily increased their lead and any chance Offaly may of had of mounting a comeback disappeared when they were reduced to 14 men with 20 minutes remaining. At that stage Limerick led by 0-16 to 0-8 and soon after that advantage increased to 12 points when Limerick struck for a goal.

That removed any doubt over the result as Limerick went on to record a 17 point win. 

Offaly's footballers made the long trip to Fermanagh and returned home on the wrong end of a 2-11 to 1-6 scoreline.

After an even start to the game, Fermanagh blasted clear with a salvo of 1-2 in less than two minutes to take a 1-5 to 0-1 lead midway through the first-half. 

Niall Darby and Anton Sullivan pegged back the lead with points for Offaly but Fermangh struck for a second goal before the break through Aidan Breen and the home side held a 2-6 to 0-4 lead at the break.

Offaly made a storming start to the second-half with a point from Joey O'Connor and a goal from Michael Brazil getting them back within four points. Another point from Nigel Dunne got the gap down to three and the game was very much alive.

Unfortunately for Offaly, that would prove to be their final score of the game as Fermanagh took control scoring five unanswered points to secure the win.

Offaly's camogie team hosted Wexford in Banagher and were on the wrong end of a 2-11 to 0-8 scoreline.