« on: February 21, 2017, 11:13:28 AM »
Good performance from Laois. Very impressed with Cian Taylor when he came on. Plays with alot of confidence and his direct running is great to see. Bar the first few minutes Laois were always the better team. If more of the lads were prepared to do what Taylor does we would score more goals. That was the only disappointment from the game. It would have been a massive boost to hit another couple of goals.
Ross King got on a lot of ball when he moved out around the middle and scored a couple of lovely points. Although he picked up a yellow for it, the clash of the two captains was a bit of a marker for Roddy. Cha, after missing his first one or two efforts had one of those evenings when everything after went over the bar. His effort from under the stand in the first half was probably the best of the lot. Dunphy was a handfull but was getting plenty of it from the corner back and looked like losing it on a couple of occasions. Don't think he got enough from the ref.
Offaly really battled and put it up to us and deserve some credit for staying in the game. If it was ourselves that had two lads sent off i'm not so sure we would have been as close as 6 points and their captain led by example.
I know Offaly are not great at the moment but they are always capable of getting a result when least expected. They took a point off Limerick last year which kept Limerick down so I would not rule them out. If we are in a relegation playoff and had a choice I would nearly rather Kerry. Anyhow plenty of hurling to be done between now and then so lets enjoy the win and not begrudge the players a few jars 2 weeks before they're out again.