Offaly and Wexford advanced to the last four of the Leinster U20 hurling championship thanks to their respective quarter-final wins this afternoon.
Offaly produced a superb display in Tullamore to see off Galway by 3-20 to 2-17, with Cormac Egan’s goal deep in injury-time ensuring the victory for the hosts.
Majors from Shane Rigney and Joe Hoctor had helped the Faithful lads lead 2-8 to 0-9 at the halfway stage, but Galway would hit 1-2 without reply after the turnaround to level matters.
Rueben Davitt contributed 1-1 of that tally and, despite Offaly surging in front again, a late Liam Leen goal would make for an intriguing finish at Glenisk O'Connor Park.
In the end, Egan’s well-taken goal would secure the home side’s passage through to the semi-finals alongside Wexford who overcame Westmeath (3-17 to 3-12) in Mullingar.
Cillian Byrne’s goal saw the visitors leading 2-7 to 1-5 midway through the first-half but a second Westmeath goal via Brian McGrath saw the Model lads only take in a 2-10 to 2-7 lead at the half.
It stayed nip and tuck until Jack Redmond grabbed his second goal for the Slaneysiders with three minutes remaining, as David O’Reilly struck a consolation goal for the home side towards the finish.
Great to see such excitement in Glenisk O'Connor Park again this week.— Official Offaly GAA (@Offaly_GAA) April 29, 2023
Another superb result in the @gaaleinster U20 Hurling Championship after a mighty battle with Galway.
Goal scorers today were Shane Rigney, Joe Hoctor and Cormac Egan. pic.twitter.com/KznlTgYwSf