Leinster U20 Football Championship

Farrell to the fore as Offaly brush Louth aside in U20 championship

Offaly 2-16 Louth 1-7

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Farrell to the fore as Offaly brush Louth aside in U20 championship

Leinster U20 Football Championship

Offaly 2-16 Louth 1-7

Offaly U20s dumped Louth out of the Leinster Championship at O'Connor Park, Tullamore, on Sunday morning following a classy display by Declan Kelly's men.

Cian Farrell and Cian Johnson proved a handful for the Wee County as they were blown away in the first half. Offaly hit a tremendous total of 2-10 in the first half, compared with Louth's modest two-point return.

Cian Farrell, who top-scored in the match, with 1-6, converted five frees too as Offaly cut loose for a second game in a row after a comprehensive win over Carlow in their last game.

Offaly led early on in this one as Cian Johnson pointed and Conor Dunne followed up with a goal. While Sam Mulroy hit back for Louth, they couldn't stem the tide of Offaly scores in O'Connor Park.

Cian Farrell pointed twice inside the first twenty minutes as Eoin McDaid mustered Louth's only other score of the half on the 16-minute mark. Offaly assumed control of midfield and early ball let in to the lightning fast full-forward line wreaked havoc in the Louth defence.

Johnson, Jack Darcy and Dan Wyer all got in on the scoring act as the Faithful flexed their muscles nearing the end of the half. The game was all but over after 25 minutes when Edenderry's Cian Farrell broke free and fired to the net, putting Offaly into a 2-8 to 0-2 lead. Farrell and Johnson added further white flags before the half-time whistle saw them go to the dressing room with a 14-point lead.

Kevin McDermott and Cian Johnson extended the Offaly lead early in the second period before a pearler from Sam Mulroy sparked a mini Louth revival. He followed up with another two unanswered points but Dan Wyer stemmed the tide with a fine score on 47 minutes. 

Offaly led by 13 entering the final ten minutes and a Mulroy penalty was not enough to spark any realistic hope of a comeback. Mulroy completed the Louth scoring with a couple of late points but Cian Farrell and Jack Darcy had the final say as they put the green, white and gold icing on a spectacular display.

Offaly ran out 2-16 to 1-7 winners, setting up a Leinster quarter-final with neighbours Westmeath on Saturday afternoon, June 23. 

Offaly: Barry Rohan; Ronan Hynes, Pa Robilliard, Aidan Bracken; Jack Quinn, Stefan Geoghegan, Jack O’Brien; Kyle Higgins, Seán Ibbotson; Kevin McDermott (0-1), Conor Dunne (1-0), Dan Wyer (0-3); Cian Johnson (0-4), Cian Farrell (1-6, 0-5 frees), Jack Darcy (0-2)

Subs: A. Delaney for Higgins (36), R. Galbraith for McDermott (49), M. Wren for Bracken (52), S. O'Brien for Johnson (53), B. Carroll for Quinn (53), S. O'Brien for J O'Brien (55)

Louth: Alan McGauley; Leonard Grey, Alan Connor, Chris O'Neill; Eoin McDaid, Eimhin Keenan, Jamie Kelly; Liam Jackson, Fearghal Malone; Conor Morgan, Seán Marry, Gerry Garland (0-1); Ciarán Keenan, Sam Mulroy (1-5, 1-0 pen & two frees), Cian Callan

Subs: Cathal Grogan for Morgan (HT), John Gallagher (0-1) for Marry (37), James O'Reilly for Callan (43), Marc Lugoye for Garland (46), Conor Whelan for Kelly (51), Jason Woods for McDaid (52)

Referee: Brendan Cawley (Kildare)