It’s only January, it’s only the league and Dublin didn’t even have a full strength team out, but Michael Duignan doesn’t care.
Offaly overcame Dublin at Croke Park with 13 points to spare on Saturday evening and put in a thoroughly impressive performance in the process.
It was Pat Gilroy’s first league game in charge of the Boys in Blue and although he fielded a relatively inexperienced team, the visitors blew them away from the outset.
Not many would have given the Faithful a chance of coming away with the victory from GAA HQ given their poor form of recent seasons and the fact that Dublin were the side dropping down to Division 1B from the top tier of National League hurling this year.
However, the spirited side – managed by Kevin Martin – tore up the script as they tore into the Dubs.
Shane Dooley was typically influential from placed balls, burying a second-half penalty, Joseph Berlin eased the pressure on Dooley and Colin Egan, Liam Langton, Shane Kinsella and Oisin Kelly all cropped up with super scores of their own.
Offaly legend Michael Duignan summed up just how much the win means for the people of his county.
Disregarding the elements, Duignan revealed how emotional Martin’s side made him with a gutsy and organised performance.
I know it's only January, I know it's only the league, I know Dublin hadn't a full team, I know, I know, I know…..but I still have tears in my eyes. Kevin Martin is a man and his team played like men.
— Michael Duignan (@DuignanMichael) January 27, 2018
It’s great to have the hurling season back up and running!
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