DUBLIN 2-19 OFFALY 0-12
Two goals from Oisín O’Rorke paved the way for Dublin’s 13-point victory over the Faithful County in Sunday’s NHL Division 1B encounter at O’Connor Park, Tullamore.
Dublin enjoyed a solid opening and led 1-4 to 0-2 by the 18th minute with O’Rorke and Donal Burke particularly prominent in the Dubs forward unit in front of an attendance of 1,025.
One concern for Dublin was the sight of Liam Rushe having to be replaced in the 26th minute with a knee injury.
O’Rorke first goal arrived in the 11th minute when Burke was able to pick out his team-mate who arrowed his finish low to Eoghan Cahill’s net.
Dublin were awarded a penalty in the 30th minute when O’Rorke was hauled down but Seán Moran didn’t affect the best of strikes and netminder Cahill repelled his effort.
Before the interval David Treacy and O’Rorke tagged on points to give Mattie Kenny’s men a 1-10 to 0-5 advantage.
The hosts improved on the restart and clipped four of the first five points, three coming from long-range frees from keeper Cahill.
However, O’Rorke’s 46th minute goal put Dublin back in the driving seat following good work by Fiontán McGibb and Jake Malone.
SCORERS – Dublin: O O’Rorke 2-3, D Burke 0-6, J Hetherton 0-3 (0-2f), D Treacy (0-1f), F Whitely 0-2 each, L Rushe, S Moran, D Sutcliffe 0-1 each. Offaly: K Connolly (0-3f), E Cahill (0-3f) 0-3 each, P Murphy 0-2, O Kelly, C Gath, D Egan, K Dunne 0-1 each.
DUBLIN: A Nolan; C O’Callaghan, E O’Donnell, P Smyth; C Crummey, S Moran, S Barrett; S Treacy, D O’Connell; D Treacy, D Sutcliffe, R McBride; D Burke, L Rushe, O O’Rorke. Subs: E Dillon for Rushe (inj, 26), J Malone for S Treacy (27), F McGibb for Barrett (ht), J Hetherton for D Treacy (41), F Whitely for McBride (57).
OFFALY: E Cahill; T Spain, N Houlihan, P Rigney; A Treacy, M Egan, E Grogan; C Taylor, K Dunne; D Egan, P Murphy, C Egan; K Connolly, O Kelly, C Gath. Subs: A Flynn for Taylor (inj, 35+1), L Langton for M Egan (ht), S Dolan for Gath (50), E Parlon for Murphy (60).
REF: J Keenan (Wicklow).