Offaly easily overcame a poor Monaghan challenge in their football championship qualifier at Tullamore on Saturday evening. The home side dominated the match from the off and had eight points to spare at the finish.
Ken Casey and Ciaran McManus gave the Faithful County the lead,and Paul Finlay then replied for the visitors. Offaly added two further scores before Conor McManus and Finlay narrowed the gap once more. Chris McGuiness then scored a goal that gave the Ulster side some hope of getting back in the game. Wing back Eoin Duffy added further points, with Richard Dalton hitting a score for Offaly. McAdam then raced forward and knocked over the score that tied up the match. Late scores from Stephen Lonegan and McManus left the Faithful county two points ahead at the interval.
McNamee and McManus increased the Offaly lead just after the restart with a brace apiece. Niall Darby added a fifth before O’Brien got Monaghan off the mark for the second half. McNamee and O’Brien then exchanged scores before Ciaran Hanratty pointed to leave it a five point game. Ross Brady and Stephen Lonegan made it an eight point game at the death. McNamee had been in excellent form all night and he scored the Faithful’s final point of the night. McAdam had the last score of the game but it was merely a consolation for a very disappointing Farney side.