Offaly have officially been relegated to the third-tier of the championship after being edged out by Kerry in today’s final McDonagh Cup matchup.
And while the result of the match that sent Offaly crashing down was a narrow one, there was a massive sense of disappointment to be found in Austin Stack park as Joachim Kelly’s side confirmed their spot in next year’s Christy Ring Cup.
Beating out their opponents by the score of 1-18 to 1-16 was enough to see Kerry retain their position in the McDonagh Cup and establish some solid momentum heading into next season.
Offaly have been having a bad year by all accounts, something that is no doubt the case of much frustration to their fans given their decorated history within the sport.
Last seen playing for an All-Ireland title in the year 2000, there was quite a bit of frustration and confusion around the team selection process for today’s matchup – a match that many had called the biggest for the county’s hurling outfit in nearly two decades.
Kerry will have every reason to be happy with today’s result but for those faithful to Offaly, there really is the sense that the path back towards greatness will be a long one.