Offaly and Wexford progress to Leinster U20HC semis

April 29, 2023

Wexford's Oisin Pepper

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.

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