Offaly Fight back to draw with Longford

There was no separating Longford and Offaly in Tullamore with the game finishing level at ten points each writes Michael Cooke.

The O’Byrne Cup winners led six points to five at half-time with an improved second-half from Offaly resulting in a stalemate.

The first 19 minutes were a template for the remainder of the contest as the sides were tied at three points each after Longford’s Darren Gallagher equalised from a free.

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Rian Brady, Dessie Reynolds and Darren Gallagher subsequently added a point each giving Longford a one-point lead at the interval despite playing against the wind.

Gallagher gave Longford a two-point cushion after the restart, before Offaly drew level again six minutes later.

Oran Kenny and Dessie Reynolds then slotted over a point each before going through a barren spell thereafter.

Offaly subsequently drew level thanks to a free from Ruairi McNamee and a breath-taking score from Niall Darby.

The hosts could well have scored a goal with Conor McNamee hitting the butt of the post in the second-half but a draw was a fair result overall.

Longford won’t be excessively disappointed with the result as Padraic Davis’ side remain unbeaten in two matches and are currently second in division three.