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Wednesday 28 September 2016

NFL DIV 4: Faithful lay down marker

Offaly captain Paul McConway celebrates with supporters. Allianz Football League, Division 4, Final, Longford v Offaly. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
Offaly captain Paul McConway celebrates with supporters. Allianz Football League, Division 4, Final, Longford v Offaly. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

A storming second-half at Croke Park that included three Offaly goals secured the Division 4 title for the Faithful County.

The sides meet again in three weeks in the Leinster Championship and Offaly will take heart ahead of that contest after an impressive win. The Faithful led by four points at half-time but turned on the style after the break to win with 13 to spare.

Graham Guilfoyle capped a Man of the Match performance with a brilliant third goal to wrap up the victory, while full-back Paul McConway and William Mulhall also found the net. Both teams finished with 14 as Anton Sullivan and Longford's Diarmuid Masterson picked up second bookings.

Offaly: A Mulhall; B Darby, P McConway (1-00), D Brady; J Moloney, J O'Connor, N Darby; G Guilfoyle (1-00), N Smith (0-01); E Carroll, N McNamee (0-04), A Sullivan (0-01); B Allen (0-02, 0-01f), N Dunne (1-03), W Mulhall (1-05, 0-2f). Subs: P Cunningham for Carroll, N Bracken for Allen, E Rigney for B Darby, C Donohoe for N Darby, K Mullally for W Mulhall, J Evans for McNamee.

Longford: P Collum; D Brady, B O'Farrell, P Foy; CP Smyth, D Masterson (0-02), E Williams; B Gilleran, K Diffley; P McKeon, M Quinn (0-01), R McEntee; R McNerney (0-01, 0-1f), B Kavanagh (0-06, 0-5f), F McGee (0-02, 0-1f). Subs: S Doyle (1-00) for McKeon, C Farrelly for Williams, A Rowan for Smyth, D Reynolds for McGee, F Battrim for Foy, P Gill for McNerney.

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