Offaly minors win nailbiting championship opener against Wexford
The Offaly minor footballers overcame the concession of an early first-half goal to record a one-point win over Wexford in their Leinster Minor Football Championship opener on Tuesday evening, April 23.
A tough away trip to Enniscorthy was made tougher within ten minutes when the impressive Jack O'Leary netted for the yellow bellies.
Offaly returned with a point thanks to Adam Kelly but a further score from O'Leary and Rory O'Connor had the home side in a four-point lead after just 15 minutes.
The young Offaly charges need a revival and they hit a purple patch midway through the opening half. A point from Darragh Flynn and a hat-trick of white flags from Morgan Tynan put the Faithful level with four minutes to go to the break.
Two late Wexford points, including another from Jack O'Leary ensured Wexford wrestled back control of the argument before half-time with a 1-4 to 0-5 lead.
O'Leary again starred early in the second as he popped the first point of the half, putting three between them before Offaly's sharpshooter Cormac Delaney came alive.
The Clara forward bagged 1-3 in a stunning ten-minute spell, putting Offaly into a 1-8 to 1-6 lead with 12 minutes to play.
The game descended into a period of stalemate before a flurry of scores late on added to the drama. Further points from Cormac Delaney and Jay Sheerin put Offaly into a three-point lead but Jack O'Leary wasn't taking a beating lying, down and he pointed in a late Wexford comeback before the whistle brought a close on a one-point win for the visitors.
The game finished 1-10 to 1-9. A clash with Meath is next for Offaly with that game scheduled to take place in Navan on May 8.