Disappointment for Offaly footballers and hurlers on opening day of League

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Disappointment for Offaly footballers and hurlers on opening day of League

Disappointment for Offaly footballers and hurlers on opening day of League

There was disappointment for the Offaly senior footballers and hurlers in their first games in their respective league campaigns.

However while one side will feel unlucky not to have gotten something out of their opening game, the other suffered a very heavy defeat to open the season.

John Maughan's footballers looked set to record a win over Westmeath in O'Connor Park when they led by eight points early in the second-half. Offaly went to the break with a 0-7 to 0-3 lead and they hit the first three points of the second-half to go 0-11 to 0-3 ahead. 

Offaly had seven scorers on the day with Bernard Allen leading the way but Offaly added just one further point in the closing 25 minutes while Westmeath staged a remarkable fightback. They hit nine consecutive points to go one ahead and while Shane Tierney did briefly draw Offaly level, Westmeath had one more point up their sleeve as they won the game 0-13 to 0-12. 

While the footballers lost a close game to Westmeath, the Offaly hurlers suffered a 27 point loss to Waterford in Semple Stadium.

Offaly were still in touch at the break trailing by 0-12 to 0-5 but despite Waterford scoring the first seven points of the game. In the second-half however, the traffic remained one way for almost the entire 35 minutes. 

The first Waterford goal came straight after half-time and they added another 1-16 to just two points in reply from Offaly to record a 2-28 to 0-7 win.