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Offaly, Laois and Wicklow claim wins in midweek O'Byrne Cup action in Leinster

There were more O’Byrne Cup games down for decision this evening.

james-conlon-is-tackled Meath's James Conlon is tackled by Laois players. Source: Evan Treacy/INPHO

O’Byrne Cup Results

  • Offaly 1-16 Longford 2-12
  • Laois 1-12 Meath 0-9
  • Wicklow 1-11 Wexford 1-7

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OFFALY, LAOIS AND Wicklow all triumphed in their O’Byrne Cup clashes tonight as the Leinster pre-season action continued.

John Maughan’s Offaly team claimed their first win in Group A as they saw off Longford by a point at the Faithful Fields in Kilcormac. Their veteran forward Niall McNamee was the star as he shot 1-1 to claim glory for the home team.

Longford had been in front 1-7 to 0-8 at the interval with Dessie Reynolds scoring their goal before Padraig Joyce added their second goal in the second half. They were in front 2-12 to 0-15 nearing full-time before McNamee’s intervention. Jayson Matthews hit 0-4 for Longford, while Dylan Hyland (0-5) and Bernard Allen (0-4) contributed vital scores for Offaly.

Billy Sheehan’s Laois side bounced back from conceding six goals in Saturday’s loss to Wexford in Group B as they had six points to spare over Meath tonight in Stradbally.

Laois laid the foundations for their success in the first half as they went ahead 1-9 to 0-2 at the interval, and despite Meath cutting the deficit to trail 1-11 to 0-7 by the second water break, Laois closed out the game in the last quarter to win by six points.

the-laois-team-huddle-before-the-game The Laois team huddle before the game. Source: Evan Treacy/INPHO

Mark Barry was their top scorer with 0-4, while John O’Loughlin scored the only goal of the game. David McEntee and James Conlon struck 0-3 apiece for Meath.

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kevin-quinn-kicks-past-gavin-sheehan-and-robbie-barron Wicklow's Kevin Quinn kicks past Gavin Sheehan and Robbie Barron of Wexford.
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In the same group Wicklow defeated Wexford by four points at Bray Emmetts GAA club, as they played their first game of 2022 following the postponement of last Saturday’s match against Meath.

Wicklow trailed 0-6 to 1-2 at half-time, Kevin Quinn bagged their goal. He finished with 1-5 to his credit and Paul Cunningham scored 0-4 as Wicklow triumphed, Wexford netting late on through Robbie Brooks.

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