Critics fail to fire Offaly

Offaly 2-14 Laois 1-19
Even with Ger Loughnane’s stinging criticism ringing in their ears, Offaly’s hurlers were comfortably second best to the Laois in O’Connor Park yesterday, much to the disappointment of manager Brian Whelahan.

“You can’t stop people from making those type of remarks, but I would have hoped that we would have given the right response to that type of comment today. Sadly we didn’t” said the Birr and Offaly legend Whelahan afterwards.

Laois outplayed Offaly from start to finish, goaling through a Stephen Maher free in the first half and accumulating a 1-17 to 0-13 lead after the first hour.

Late strikes from Dan Currams and Dermot Mooney threatened to bring about a smash and grab raid for the home side, but a late score from Tommy Fitzgerald settled Laois nerves and helped them close out a fully deserved victory.

Scorers for Offaly: J Bergin 0-8 (7fs), B Carroll 0-4 (2fs), D Currams, D Mooney (1-0 each), S Quirke, C Doughan (f) (0-1 each).

Scorers for Laois: S Maher 1-9 (1-7f), C Dwyer (0-3), N Foyle, T Fitzgerald (0-2 each), C Collier, J Purcell, W Hyland (0-1 each).

OFFALY: J Dempsey; N Wynne, D Kelliher, J Rigney; C Doughan, B Watkins, D Mooney; K Brady, C Parlon; P Geraghty, J Bergin, C Egan; K Connolly, S Gardiner, B Carroll.

Subs: C McDonald for Kelliher (14, temp), D Currams for Connolly (28), S Quirke for Egan (ht), D Kilmartin for Parlon (44), S Cleary for Geraghty (58).

LAOIS: E Reilly; JA Delaney, B Campion, B Stapleton; J Fitzpatrick, M Whelan, C Dunne; C Dwyer, P Whelan; S Maher, J Purcell, C Collier; D Palmer, T Fitzgerald, N Foyle.

Subs: W Hyland for P Whelan (43), R King for Purcell (47), J Campion for Dunne (56), PJ Scully for Foyle (69).

Referee: Barry Kelly (Westmeath).


Lifestyle

Spring has sprung and a new Munster festival promises to celebrate its arrival with gusto, says Eve Kelliher.Spring has sprung: Munster festival promises to celebrate with gusto

The spotlight will fall on two Munster architects in a new showcase this year.Munster architects poised to build on their strengths

Prepare to fall for leather, whatever the weather, says Annmarie O'Connor.Trend of the week: It's always leather weather

The starting point for Michael West’s new play, in this joint production by Corn Exchange and the Abbey, is an alternative, though highly familiar, 1970s Ireland. You know, elections every few weeks, bad suits, wide ties, and a seedy nexus of politics and property development.Theatre Review: The Fall of the Second Republic at Abbey Theatre, Dublin

More From The Irish Examiner