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Leinster Championship: Niall McNamee leads Offaly to victory

Niall McNamee Offaly

“It’s what you dream of when you were younger. You wanted to be here and you wanted to be playing inter county football. I’m going to ring every last ounce of it.”

Speaking after his county’s win this afternoon, where he contributed 1-3 and a number of assists, Niall McNamee told Midlands Sport that he plans to enjoy every second of his county career. The veteran forward is in his eighteenth year with Offaly and played a vital role in their win.

Offaly beat Louth after extra time on a scoreline of 3-19 to 0-19 in the first round of the Leinster Championship in Navan.

Keen Offaly supporter and partner, Shane Lowry, was one of those in attendance. He saw John Maughan’s men get their Championship off to the best possible start with the win. Having only recorded two wins in thirteen in the Leinster Championship between 2011 and 2020, a win today was vital to boost morale.

Despite their poor record in Leinster, Offaly were the favourites going into this game. Their promotion to Division 2 a sign of their positive progression in 2021.  However, Mickey Harte’s men proved to be a stubborn challenge from early on meaning it took till extra time for Offaly to shake them off, with John Maughan’s men outscoring them 2-4 to 0-1 in that period to end the Wee County’s involvement in this year’s championship. Offaly will go onto face Kildare next weekend.

Shane Lowry
Shane Lowry was in attendance to see Offaly win

Leinster Championship GAA: Wexford Set Up Date With Dublin

Elsewhere, Wicklow bowed out of the Championship. They were defeated by Wexford in Aughrim on a scoreline of 2-11 to 0-14. Wexford, who hadn’t won a Leinster Championship game since 2014, got their goals through Mark O’Connor and Mark Rossiter. Rossiter added a further six points in an impressive display. The reward for their win is a date with All Ireland champions Dublin next weekend.

Finally, Longford defeated Carlow on a scoreline of 0-25 to 2-13. They will play Meath in the next round of the Championship.

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