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Shane Dooley helps himself to 1-14 as Offaly claim opening Division 1B win over Laois

The Faithful had four points to spare in Portlaoise tonight.

Shane Dooley was Offaly's scoring star tonight.
Shane Dooley was Offaly's scoring star tonight.
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Offaly 1-24
Laois 0-23

SHANE DOOLEY WEIGHED in with 1-14 to propel Offaly to victory over Laois in a high-scoring Allianz Division 1B hurling league opener in O’Moore Park tonight.

Dooley bagged the only goal of the game early in the second-half and that proved the crucial score on the night as Brian Whelehan’s side bagged some priceless early league points.

Offaly were ahead 0-14 to 0-11 at the interval before Dooley raised the green flag. Laois missed two second-half penalties when Zane Keenan was foiled and they couldn’t overhaul their opponents.

Laois finished up with 14 men after Tom Delaney was sent-off in the second-half but they did bag plenty scores with Keenan’s accurate freetaking seeing him land 0-10 while Charlie Dwyer bagged 0-6 and Willie Hyland shot 0-3.

Dooley’s total of 1-14 came courtesy of 1-10 from placed balls while Shane Kinsella (0-3), Paddy Murphy (0-2) and Sean Ryan (0-2) were all on target for the Faithful as well.

Scorers for Offaly: Shane Dooley 1-14 (1-10f), Stephen Kinsella 0-3, Joe Bergin, Paddy Murphy, Sean Ryan 0-2 each, Cillian Kiely 0-1.

Scorers for Laois: Zane Keenan 0-10 (0-7f, 0-1 ’65′), Charlie Dwyer 0-6, Willie Hyland 0-3, Neil Foyle 0-2, Joe Campion, Paddy Purcell 0-1 each.

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