Offaly footballers enter relegation scrap as hurlers suffer setback

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Offaly footballers enter relegation scrap as hurlers suffer setback thumbnailShane Kinsella heading goalwards ahead of Paddy O’Loughlin during Offaly's league encounter with Limerick in Tullamore.

IT was a bad weekend for the Offaly hurlers and footballers with both coming out second best in their respective games.

The footballers travelled to Enniskillen to take on Fermanagh in round two of the league and ended up shipping a 2-11 to 1-6 defeat.

They were playing catch up throughout the match and while it was an improvement from the Longford game, they were second best to the Fermanagh men.

Michael Brazil did find the net on 42 minutes to drag it back to a four point game but the Northerners under the guidance of Rory Gallagher had too much firepower.

Offaly now face a massive game with Derry in Celtic Park next Sunday. Both sides have failed to pick up any points from their opening two games meaning the game takes on big consequences for the loser.

Derry will go in as favourites but they are without the Slaughtneil contingent which will give Offaly a lift. Having to travel to Derry is something they could have done without having also travelled to Fermanagh last weekend.

There are still plenty of points to be played for in the league but the loser of Sunday's game will be the prime suspect, along with Wexford for relegation. In saying that, Offaly have Sligo at home and that would be a game that they would target also.

Offaly will need two wins to stay up and with a trips to Wexford Park and Mullingar to come along with division favourites Armagh coming to Tullamore, it would be better for all involved if they got points on the board sooner rather than later.

Meanwhile, after trouncing Dublin by 13 points the weekend before last, The Offaly hurlers were left reeling on Sunday after they shipped a 17 point defeat to Limerick in Tullamore - 1-24 to 0-10

Offaly went in losing by five points at half time with Damien Egan missing a first half penalty but things went further downhill with Dermot Shortt picking up a second yellow card on 48 minutes to leave Limerick to pull away and build a lead and hold on to it.

It is far from a disaster for Offaly who will have a lot to play for. At the start, Kevin Martin would have gladly taken two points from his opening two games but focus now will turn to their two remaining home games with Laois and Antrim.

They have to travel to Salthill before that but they will need to win their remaining home games to build on the positivity from the Dublin game.


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