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Date Time League Season
13 July 2024 2:00 pm All Ireland Intermediate Championship 2024

Match Report

Offaly Cruise Into Intermediate Semi-Final

Offaly produced a stunning display to get past the challenge of Meath and book their place in this year’s Intermediate Semi-Final. Grace Teehan, Becky Bryant and Clodagh Leahy were all impressive on the scoring front to give Offaly a 18 point win. 

It was a statement of intent by Offaly who dropped down from Senior last year, when the pair last met Meath had a big win in the league, this time it was roles reversed. Confidence was with Offaly early on when they built an early lead and while Meath kept fighting they could not reduce the deficit.

Offaly will now meet Cork, a team they know al too well from the Group stage in the semi-final, held in the same venue Semple Stadium, on July 27th.

It was the start of dreams for The Faithful County. Clodagh Leahy and Grace Teehan pointed in the opening four minutes and a minute later they scored the first major of the contest with Teahan gliding a sideline cut toward Becky Bryant, Bryant gathered and turned to fire to the Meath net for a 1-2 to no score lead after five minutes.

Offaly continued their early dominance with Mairead Jennings and Leahy striking two frees for a eight point cushion in the ninth minute before Ciara Foley pointed the opener for Meath in the 11th minute.  

Teehan replied with another point but Meath added their opening major in the 13th minute with Amy Gaffney racing through and firing a shot low into the bottom left corner to make it 1-6 to 1-1.

By quarters end Offaly would lead 1-7 to 1-1 and three minutes later the lead stretched to 2-8 to 1-1. Bryant and Leahy with points before Teehan found the top corner of the Meath net with a beautiful strike in the 20th minute.

Teehan, Leahy and Bryant stretched the gap to 2-12 to 1-1 approaching the half hour mark, Olivia O’Halloran would add a crucial goal for Meath in reply but they trailed 2-13 to 2-1 at the break with Jennings adding a second late on.

Whatever was said at the break certainly kept Offaly tails up, in the opening seconds of the half Bryant received a long ball toward the square and made no mistake to score her second and their third of the tie.

Gaffney replied to get Meath on the board early in the second half with their second point of the day, Leahy struck another two frees in reply but Gaffney raised the green flag in the 36th minute to make it 3-15 to 3-2 in the 36th minute.

Meath were fighting back with Grace Connolly and Katie Connolly adding points to shrink the deficit but the sucker punch came in the 49th minute with Jennings fired a point that dropped under the crossbar and landed in the Meath net. With ten minutes left Offaly pushed 14 points clear 4-15 to 3-4.

Coleman and Aoife Carey kept Meath fighting in the closing minutes but a quick 1-1 from Grainne Kennedy wrapped up the result. Kennedy had a goal chance on in the 56th minute but fired over, seconds later Leah Gath fired at Maggie Randle, the shot was saved but into the path of Kennedy who finished to the empty net. Leahy added her eight point before Teehan with the final score of the day slotted her fifth, as Offaly will have confidence going into the semi-final.

Offaly

1Leah Gallagher Goalkeeper
2Sharon Shanahan Defender
3Cathy Fogarty Defender
4Orla Gorman Defender
5Orlagh Phelan Defender
6Ellen Regan 19 Defender
17Alana Roddy Defender
8Faye Mulrooney 20 Midfielder
9Clodagh Leahy Midfielder 2', 7', 9', 16', 25', 34', 35', 59'
10Grace Teehan Forward 20'
4', 12', 24', 28', 60'
11Ciara Ryan 18 Forward
12Fianait Dooley Forward
13Mairead Jennings 21 Forward 48'
6', 30+1'
14Aine O’Connor 7 Forward
15Becky Bryant Forward 5', 31'
15', 29'
7Kaitlyn Kennedy 14 Defender
18Grainne Kennedy 11 Forward 58'
56'
19Lizzie Harding 6 Forward
20Leah Gath 8
21Hannah Feenane 13 Defender

Meath

1Maggie Randle Goalkeeper
2Sophia Payne Defender
3Claire Coffey Defender
4Rachael O’Neill Defender
5Leah Devine Defender
6Maeve Clince Defender
7Aine McNerney 19 Defender
8Erin Leddy 24 Midfielder
9Tracy King 17 Midfielder
10Aoibhin Lally 18 Forward
11Amy Gaffney Midfielder 13', 36'
32'
12Aoife Carey Forward 55'
13Olivia O’Halloran Forward 30'
14Ciara Foley 22 Forward 1'
15Ellen Burke Forward
17Grace Connolly 9 Defender 40'
18Katie Connolly 10 Midfielder 42'
19Grace Coleman 7 Forward 50'
22Ella O’Brien 14
24Rachel Moran 8

Diarmuid Kearney is a freelance Sports Journalist based in Co Kerry. He has more than 5 years experience covering domestic and international soccer for different media organisations, while also working for local and national print and digital organisations covering GAA.