Friday 21 October 2016

Offaly's guile takes the ticket against the Dubs

OFFALY came to DCU last Saturday afternoon. They are a fine side.

In recent years, the Faithful County have enjoyed something of a camogie revolution.

Joachim Kelly, the hurling legend, did wonders for the county. And his work lingers on.

Offaly beat the Dubs, 2-11 to 0-7. It was the semi-final of the Leinster Senior Championship.

That's a completely separate competition to the All-Ireland series.

The hosts gave it everything. They weren't short of possession.

Their hard work deserved a better return on the score-board. Sometimes, the sliotar just didn't obey orders outside the kitchen door.

The tricky wind was a factor in seeing some of the shots sailing away from the target.

But Dublin weren't making any excuses. They have a waiting room full of injuries, but there was no mention of that either.

Shane O'Brien and his colleagues are pleased to be getting tests of this calibre. And with ten minutes left, they were very much still in the race.

Arlene Watkins then scored the crucial goal. She flourished at midfield.

Siobhan Flannery enjoyed profit from frees and play. And the Offaly defence didn't give away a jelly tot.

Louise O'Hara and Mairi Moynihan were Dublin's top tellers.

And even late on, when it looked like Offaly were going to prevail, the Blues were still foraging.

They'll enter the All-Ireland Championship with the benefit of a solid League campaign behind them.

And with the wind behind in their sails.

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