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Offaly hit five goals in Leinster U21 semi-final win to set up final clash with Dublin

The decider will take place in Tullamore on 6 July.

Carlow’s Eoin Redmond with Ronan Hughes of Offaly
Carlow’s Eoin Redmond with Ronan Hughes of Offaly
Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Offaly 5-16
Carlow 1-13

OFFALY HIT FIVE goals past Carlow en route to victory in tonight’s Bord Gáis Energy Leinster U21 hurling semi-final at Netwatch Cullen Park.

The Faithful outfit ran out 15-point winners to provide a boost for hurling in the county and ensure they will contest a Leinster U21 decider for the first time since 2008.

Their reward is now to advance to a final clash with Dublin on 6 July, that will take place in O’Connor Park in Tullamore.

The opening exchanges were tightly contested with Carlow ahead 0-6 to 0-5 after the opening quarter when Conor Foley pointed.

But Offaly fought back with Emmet Nolan and Oisin Kelly striking home goals as they went in front 2-8 to 0-10 at the interval.

Nolan bagged Offaly’s third goal in the second-half before Carlow responded with Conor Foley raising a green flag.

But Carlow’s prospects of staging a comeback were dented when Kevin McDonald’s penalty was saved to ease the pressure on Offaly.

And Offaly took over in the closing stages with Nolan and Kelly hitting further goals to clinch victory.

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