THERE was elation for Antrim and devastation for Offaly
on Saturday as the Ulster county held off a late surge for a crucial Joe McDonagh cup win at Tullamore.
LEINSTER SHC RND 3 Offaly
2-9 Wexford 5-24 GOAL hungry Wexford hit struggling Offaly
hard and early in Tullamore to rack up back to back Leinster SHC wins.
David Jennings on the first hurling action of the year THE 2018 hurling championship begins this evening as Offaly
host reigning All-Ireland Champions Galway at O'Connor Park in Tullamore.
MIKE McNamara has been frustrated by Offaly
hurling for years - both as a spectator and now as manager.
4-15 WESTMEATH 1-20 SHANE DOOLEY somehow saved Offaly
in the fourth minute of injury-time as his third goal sent his side into the Leinster hurling semifinal against Galway or Dublin.
TIPPERARY star Lar Corbett believes Offaly
's return to hurling's top table has tipped the inter-provincial bragging rights in Leinster's favour after years of playing second fiddle to Munster.
v Antrim Today, Tullamore, 3pm (GAANOW) IT'S 30 years since Offaly
and Antrim played out a famous All-Ireland semifinal, though the counties are as far removed from that level as they have ever been right now.
v LAOIS Tullamore, 2pm IT'S only Round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League but already Offaly
boss Eamonn Kelly says his side have a 'must win game' to contend with.
TEAM NEWS >pFresh from their historic league success, Dubs boss Anthony Daly has almost a full pack to choose from with the exception of talented centre-back Joey Boland and Tomas Brady who are >pJames Rigney, David Franks, Paul Cleary and Joe Brady are all missing for Offaly
but talented attacker Brian Carroll has been named in the starting line-up after being a major injury concern in the last couple of weeks.
TIPPERARY restored the status quo with a free-scoring performance in Portlaoise last night crushing Offaly
and setting their summer intentions straight, writes Paul Keane.