Offaly U20s run riot in Carlow with impressive opening day victory

Offaly had 12 to spare in Netwatch Cullen Park

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Offaly U20s run riot in Carlow with impressive opening day victory

Offaly 2-19

Carlow 1-10

Offaly's U20 footballers made light work of Carlow in the opening round of the new U20 Leinster Championship.

Possibly buoyed by the victory recorded by their senior team against Kildare at the weekend, Carlow got the opening point of this game at a sunny Netwatch Cullen Park on Monday evening, May 28.

However, boasting considerable firepower at the top end of the pitch, Offaly hit back with a goal through Shane O'Brien. 

Andrew Kehoe and Conor Crowley registered scores soon after for Carlow but points for Shane O'Brien and Edenderry's Cian Farrell kept Offaly in a 1-2 to 0-3 lead after 13 minutes. 

Cian Johnson and Kevin McDermott extended the Faithful advantage before Conor Doyle brought it back to a single score game again, 1-4 to 0-4, on the 20 minute mark. 

Ferbane duo Johnson and Sean Ibbottson hit back for Offaly as their exciting attacking style saw them assume control somewhat late in the half. 

Carlow pointed again but further points from Johnson, Conor Dunne and a brace from the impressive Cian Farrell saw Offaly open up a 1-10 to 0-6 lead at the break. 

Offaly assumed control once more upon the restart with Farrell firing two more points and Cian Johnson also adding yet another brace of white flags to his personal tally. 

A Shane O'Brien point on the 43 minute mark had Offaly in a commanding 1-15 to 0-6 lead with Carlow yet to register a second half score. 

They did stage a mini revival midway through the half with the likes of Conor Crowley scoring again but when Jack Darcy and Cian Farrell notched another pair of points with seven minutes to go, Offaly led 1-17 to 0-9.

Carlow put some gloss on the scoreline with a late penalty but not to be outdone, Cian Johnson hammered home a goal of his own heading towards injury time. 

Jack Darcy grabbed his second before the end as Offaly put a cap on a supreme display that saw them score 2-16 from open play. 

Cian Farrell, Cian Johnson and Sean Ibbottson caught the eye particularly in what was a truly dominant showing. The game finished on a 2-19 to 1-10 scoreline in Offaly's favour.