|Adrian Cleary on the run for Offaly.|
When on the move Offaly looked slightly more dangerous. The Faithful County’s scorers were scattered around the field with contributions on the scoreboard from Tommy Rigney and Adrian Cleary in the half back line, Cathal Cusack in midfield, and 3 of the five forwards hit the mark. At the break it was a 1-7 to 2-7 Offaly lead.
|Old Soldiers Seamie Higgins and Andy McRedomnd in perfect Synch.|
Offaly had the scores level heading into the full time whistle thanks to scores from Cleary and Dunne, but a Dan O’Connell strike looked like it would deliver the game for Tom’s. Offaly had a last minute free and it was converted by Murray to send the game into extra time.
Offaly took the break in the extra period point to the good, and a man to the good after Dan O’Connell was given his marching orders for an off the ball incident just before the changeover. After the second period started Dunne netted after some good build up play involving Tommy Rigney and Alan Murray. Dunne fielded cleanly and turned and drove the ball into the net. With the extra man in defence, Offaly cleaned up anything Tom’s dropped inside the 45 and looked comfortable. It was a hard earned win to try and make it back to back junior titles, however, it is a formidable Tipperary team that awaits next week.
Offaly: Gary Sherlock, Alan Bergin, Rian Dempsey, Jack Murray, Adrian Cleary, Tommy Rigney, James Rigney, Cathal Cusack, Chris McMahon, Andy McRedmond, Jack Lynch, Shaun Dunne, Stephen Brown. Subs: Alan Murray, Mickey Markham.
Tom’s: Sean O’Brien, Paddy Flynn, Sean Og Somers, James Dooley, Seamus Higgins, Kevin Burke, Gary Kelly, Daniel O’Connell, Fran Keenan, Niall McCarthy, Podge Egan, Ciaran Moore, Jack Martin. Subs: Chris O’Donoghue, Liam Moore.
By Rory O'Donnell