Offaly GAA is continuing its high after their u21’s defeated Kildare last night in the BGE u21 Leinster hurling quarter-final.
Three goals from Belmont’s Oisin Kelly and from Birr’s Emmet Nolan pushed Offaly in the driving seat for a semi-final vs the winners of Carlow and Laois.
In a very high scoring affair, the ‘Faithful’ dominated the game but at times were sloppy allowing Kildare to pounce on their mistakes to narrow the gap.
The rampant visitors ripped apart the Kildare defence inside the ’40 metre line hitting direct ball and fixing their aim on the Kildare net.
This victory means Offaly take on Carlow following their last grasp win over Laois in Carlow on June 22nd.
Offaly: E. Nolan 2-7 (4f, 1 ’65), O. Kelly 3-1, D. Murray 0-3 (2f), P. Guinan 0-3, R. Hughes 0-3, C. Kiely 0-2; D. Wyer, A. Cleary and C. Freeman 0-1
Kildare: Dowling 1-2, B. Byrne 0-5, R. Casey 0-2 (1f); E. O’Hehir, C. Egan and E. Dempsey 0-1 each
Offaly: Cahill, C. Taylor, D. O’Toole, P. Delaney, D. Doughan, B. Conneely, J. Hardiman, D. Wyer, P. Guinan, J. O’Toole, E. Nolan, R. Hughes, A. Cleary, O. Kelly, D. Murray
Subs: Kiely for O’Toole (37m): C. Freeman for Murray (44m): E. Parlon for Hardiman (50m): C. Cleary for Kelly (55m)
Kildare: Keane, C. Crogan, C. Dowling, K. Maher, L. Quinn, D. Brereton, C. Gordon, J. Reeves, J. Sheridan, E. O’Hehir, R. Casey, T. Brady, C. Egan, E. Dempsey
Subs: Forde for Crogan (h/t): F. Bass for Reeves (39m): M. Stapleton for O’Hehir (49m): C. Byrne for Gordon (55m)