Battling Offaly beaten by Galway

The hurlers came out of the game with credit

Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly


Battling Offaly beaten by Galway

Kevin Martin and his Offaly senior hurling team have been beaten by All-Ireland champions Galway in Division 1B of the Allianz Hurling League. 

Offaly kept pace well with the Tribesmen but a second half red card for the influential Shane Kinsella dented any hope of the Faithful upset. 

Cathal Mannion opened the scoring for Galway in Pearse Stadium but Offaly fired the next three without reply, with scores from the likes of David King and Dan Currams. 

Mannion and Kinsella then traded scores before Joseph Cooney fired past Eoghan Cahill in the Offaly net for the game's first goal.

Damien Egan and Cooney then traded points as Offaly continued to battle and in truth, Martin's men played the more attractive hurling for much of the opening half an hour. 

Egan and Currams continued the scoring thread for Offaly as they cancelled out the Galway goal to level the scores at 1-4 to 0-7 after 15 minutes. 

Galway then got their act together as they hit four white flags without reply, with Mannion and the Cooneys leading the scoring charge. Egan and Loftus then traded scores once more before the break where Galway led 1-9 to 0-8. 

The game was all but over two minutes into the second half as Joseph Cooney goaled and Cathal Mannion added another point. 

Another Conor Cooney point put nine between the teams on 40 minutes just seconds before Shane Kinsella was shown a straight red card for a soft enough run-in with a Galway defender. 

Thomas Geraghty was introduced for Offaly and well and truly put his hand up for a starting berth against Laois next week. He pointed after 42 minutes and added another in the 46th minute.

The likes of Flaherty and Conor Cooney were still notching scores and their lead was out to 11 after 55 minutes.

A Currams point and a free from substitute Shane Dooley showed Offaly's battling spirit but Mannion and Cooney just kept popping up with handy scores to keep them out of sight.

Dooley and Geraghty added further scores late on for Offaly but a missed penalty from the Tullamore man put an end to any hope of adding further respectability to the final score.

It finished on a final scoreline of 2-19 to 0-14, an 11-point loss for Offaly.