Dublin continued their NHL Division 1 preparations with a welcome confidence boosting victory in this Walsh Shield final at Banagher on Sunday afternoon.
Alan McCrabbe was the Dubs marksman-in-chief with a haul of 11 points (ten frees) and goalkeeper Alan Nolan made some excellent saves to pave the way for a Dublin victory.
Nolan, however, was yellow-carded before the finish and was replaced by Finn McGarry.
Offaly led 1-10 to 1-9 at half-time with Peadar Carton cracking home the Dubs goal after good work by McCrabbe.
SCORERS –Dublin: A McCrabbe 0-11 (0-10f), P Carton 1-1, D OCallaghan 0-3, D Treacy 0-2, S Durkin, S Lambert, S Martin 0-1 each.
Offaly: B Murphy 2-0, S Dooley 0-7 (0-6f), C Coughlan 0-4 (0-2f, 0-1 65), B Carroll, J Brady, D Molloy, J Bergin 0-1 each.
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——– A Nolan ——–
R Trainor — C Billings — N Corcoran
M OBrien — S Hiney — D OReilly
— A McCrabbe – S Durkin
J Kelly — L Ryan — S Lambert
D OCallaghan – P Carton – D Treacy.
Subs: S Martin for Lambert (55); F McGarry for Nolan (yellow, 63).
OFFALY – J Dempsey; D Franks, D Kenny, M Verney; J Rigney, P Cleary, G Oakley; R Hanniffy, C Coughlan; B Carroll, J Brady, B Murphy; S Dooley, D Molloy, J Bergin. Subs: K Brady for Rigney (41); S Wynne for Verney (50).
REF – J Owens (Wexford).