Last gasp point sees Offaly dramatically avoid relegation by the narrowest of margins

Offaly Express Reporter


Offaly Express Reporter


Footballer Niall McNamee to give health and well being workshop to young Kildare players

McNamee in action for Offaly

Offaly have avoided relegation from Division 3 by the narrowest of margins this afternoon. 

A point four minutes into injury-time from Mark Abbott secured Offaly a 1-11 to 1-10 win away to Sligo. In the other game that Offaly needed to go their way, Laois did their neighbours a much needed favour with a 1-15 to 1-12 win over Carlow. 

When the dust has all settled, it means Offaly and Carlow are level on points in the table and while Carlow have a better score difference, Offaly stay up as a result of their 0-15 to 1-9 win over Carlow a month ago today. 

While Abbott got the winning point for Offaly, it was Niall McNamee who kept Offaly in a position to win the game. His goal after half-time put Offaly in front at 1-5 to 0-7 and after Sligo got back in front with a goal and led by 1-7 to 1-6, it was McNamee who hit four points in a row for Offaly to keep them in the game.

Offaly will remain in Division 3 next year and their next competitive game will come on May 12 away to Meath in the Leinster Championship.