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Dublin: 13 °C Thursday 15 November, 2018

Bad start for Offaly but they come good in the finish to avoid London qualifier banana skin

London had been in front by five points at one stage today.

Offaly's Niall Darby and London's Liam Gavaghan in opposition today.
Offaly's Niall Darby and London's Liam Gavaghan in opposition today.
Image: Tom Beary/INPHO

Offaly 0-17
London 1-7

OFFALY BOUNCED BACK from their Leinster quarter-final loss to Westmeath and a slow start in Tullamore this afternoon to fashion a qualifier win over London in O’Connor Park.

At one juncture in the first-half Offaly were trailing by 1-4 to 0-2 when corner-forward Patrick O’Hara netted for London in the 12th minute.

But Offaly recovered to draw level at half-time, 1-4 to 0-7, before powering clear in the second-half.

Nigel Dunne struck 0-7, including four placed balls for Offaly, while Niall McNamee bagged 0-4 from play and Bernard Allen struck 0-3.

After their bright start London faded and Offaly hit 13 points over a 40 minute period which proved crucial to sealing victory.



1. Alan Mulhall (Walsh Island)

2. Brian Darby (Rhode)
3. Eoin Rigney (Rhode)
4. Seán Pender (Edenderry)

5. Niall Darby (Rhode)
6. Peter Cunningham (Bracknagh)
7. Joey O’Connor (St Rynagh’s)

8. Eoin Carroll (Cappincur)
9. Graham Guilfoyle (Clara)

10. Anton Sullivan (Rhode)
11. Niall McNamee (Rhode)
12. Michael Brazil (Tullamore)

13. Bernard Allen (Tubber)
14. Nigel Dunne (Shamrocks)
15. Johnny Moloney (Tullamore)


1. Conor Campbell (St Kiernan’s)

2. Philip Butler (Tír Chonaill Gaels)
3. Caoimhín Carty (Kingdom Kerry Gaels)
4. Ciarán Dunne (Garryowen)

5. Danny Ryan (St Kiernan’s)
6. Ciarán Healy (St Kiernan’s)
7. David McGreevy (Kingdom Kerry Gaels)

8. James Moran (St Kiernan’s)
9. Liam Gavaghan (Tír Chonaill Gaels)

10. Adrian Moyles (St Kiernan’s)
11. Mark Gottsche (Tír Chonaill Gaels)
12. Cormac Coyne (North London Shamrocks)

13. Scott Conroy (North London Shamrocks)
14. Cathal Óg Greene (St Kiernan’s)
15. Patrick O’Hara (North London Shamrocks)

Referee: David Coldrick (Meath)

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