Offaly a win away from Joe McDonagh Cup final after pipping Kerry in Tralee thriller

May 14, 2022

Offaly's David Nally struck a crucial 1-3 in Tralee ©INPHO/Tom Maher

Offaly are on the cusp of a Joe McDonagh Cup final berth after pipping Kerry by 4-23 to 2-28 in a classic encounter at Austin Stack Park this afternoon.

In the end, it was David Nally’s monster point from beyond 85 metres in the fourth minute of injury-time that separated the sides and leaves the Faithful County needing a win next week against Carlow to ensure a final place.

It was Nally’s goal 20 minutes into the first-half that saw Offaly taking a 2-7 to 0-8 lead as they went on to hold a three-point advantage at the interval.

Two scores a piece from Shane Conway and Padraig Boyle saw Kerry level (0-19 to 2-13) soon after the restart and Conway would steer them in front with a superb sideline cut before doubling the Kingdom’s lead.

Killian Sampson struck a perfectly timed goal in response for Michael Fennelly’s men and they looked home and hosed when John Murphy lashed in their fourth, making it 4-19 to 0-21 with less 15 minutes to go.

However, a brace of goal from Maurice O’Connor had the Munster side straight back in contention and, having lost marksman Eoghan Cahill to injury in the 65th minute, it took a couple of special efforts from Nally to seal the win for Offaly.

In Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow eased relegation worried by defeating Down on a 2-25 to 1-19 score-line.

Conor Kehoe and Martin Kavanagh (1-13) supplied the late goals for the winners as they consigned the Mourne men to their third straight loss in the competition.

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