Offaly’s NHL Division 2A winning streak continues with victory over Carlow
Offaly maintained their 100% almanac with a acceptable win over Carlow in O’Connor Park on Saturday afternoon.
hey gave a professional, able and competent achievement to beat a facet who have inflicted their allotment of accident on them in contempo years.
A Carlow win in Tullamore aftermost year put Offaly out of the Joe McDonagh Cup and was once at least partly accountable for the County Board chief to accredit new management.
Portumna man Johnny Kelly will be blithesome with the way things have been active alternating so far and they never really looked like accident here.
They were never absolutely adequate about they agilely had abundant of a allowance to accumulate Carlow at ammunition breadth and guideline them out of the advance battle.
Carlow were aggressive in the first bisected about Martin Kavanagh absent anytime scoreable frees while Eoghan Cahill hardly put a bottom amiss for Offaly.
The home facet led by 0-11 to 0-6 at bisected time afterwards arena adjoin the wind and Carlow connected to affectation problems in the 2nd half.
Carlow fought adamantine and got the gap alternate to 0-13 to 0-10 about which was once as abutting as they could get. With Ben Conneely in high form, the Offaly defence captivated firm.
A clinically taken David Nally ambition afterwards he raced by the Carlow defence gave Offaly the beanbag they bare and meant which a Jack McCullagh ambition was once immaterial.
There were also a access of backward dismissals with Carlow’s Diarmuid Byrne and Offaly’s Cillian Kiely beatific off for two yellows afterwards 48 and 60 mins while Jake Kavanagh got a beeline red for the visitors three mins from time.
Scorers – Offaly: E Cahill 0-11 (8f), C Kiely 0-4 (1f), D Nally 1-0, O Kelly, C Mitchell, A Cleary, S Dooley 0-1 each. Carlow: M Kavanagh 0-5 (3f), C Nolan 0-3 (1f), J McCullagh 1-0, D Byrne, J Kavanagh, J Doyle, C Whelan 0-1 each.
Offaly: S Corcoran 7; J Screeney 7, C Burke 8, B Conneely 9; D King 5, J Sampson 8, K Sampson 7; J Clancy 6, R Ravenhill 9; D Nally 6, O Kelly 6, A Cleary 5; E Cahill 8, C Kiely 7, C Mitchell 7. Subs: P Cantwell 7 for King (30), E Kelly for O Kelly (63), P Delaney for Clancy (68), S Dooley for Mitchell (70+3), D Maher for Screeney (70+3).
Carlow: B Tracey 7; C Lawler 7, P Doyle 8, J McCullagh 7; J Kavanagh 7, F Fitzpatrick 8, K McDonald 6; D Byrne 5, J Doyle 6; C Whelan 7, M Kavanagh 6, J Nolan 6; J Tracey 5, C Nolan 7, P Boland 6. Subs: C Kehoe 7 for Whelan (41), P O’Shea 6 for C Nolan (55), F O’Toole 6 for Tracey (58), M Joyce for Boland (64), R Coady for Fitzpatrick (68).
Referee: M Kennedy (Tipperary).
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