Date Time Competition Season
20 May 2023 7:00 pm Tailteann Cup 2023

Match Report

Bracken Salvages Draw For Offaly In Portlaoise

An ET double of brilliant late points from Offaly substitute Nigel Bracken helped them to a thrilling tie against Laois, as the action at O’Moore Park ended 1-11 to 1-11.

It is a result that gains both teams a point in Group 1 but given their late salvation act and an opening Tailteaan Cup win last weekend, one that will leave Offaly more optimistic of progressing. 

Laois will have to lay it all on the line to qualify next weekend against London and even then, will be depending on results elsewhere, you feel.

Within the first twenty minutes, Laois had established a four-point, 0-5 to 0-1, lead over Offaly, Paul Kingston, and Damon Larkin both bagging early braces for the hosts.

Anton Sullivan and Nigel Dunne halved the deficit to two with a precise point apiece, but their scores were cancelled out by successful point efforts moments later, by Patrick O’Sullivan and Mark Timmons.

Dunne’s second point and Ciaran Donnelly’s first, either side of Colm Murphy’s made it 0-8 to 0-5 in favour of Laois with half time on the horizon.

Things got considerably better for them before the break though, Kieran Lillis finishing smartly to score the half’s only goal and put a barrier of six points between the sides.

Dylan Hyland’s quickfire double, taking his total to three points, brought Offaly back within touch early in the second half but Mark Barry’s second point for Laois kept the gap to five.

Despite Dunne’s trio of points, heading into the closing stages, Offaly still had it all to do, looking down the barrel of a five-point swing.

Joe Maher’s crucial, well-taken goal began the recovery which gained a proper pulse when Hyland heroically made it 1-11 to 1-9 going into extra time.

And another hero, replacement Nigel Bracken, emerged late on, slotting two super points in swift succession as Offaly dramatically drew level, a final outcome that will leave both themselves and Laois with plenty to ponder.


1Killian Roche Goalkeeper
2Sean Greene Defender
3Trevor Collins Defender
4Robert Pigott Defender
5Padraig Kirwan 19 Defender
6Mark Timmons Defender 27'
7Patrick O’Sullivan Defender 26', 56'
8Kieran Lillis Midfielder 33'
9Damon Larkin Midfielder 17', 18'
11Paul Kingston Forward 1', 13'
12James Finn 20 Forward
13Mark Barry Forward 7', 43'
14Evan O’Carroll 25 Forward
15Eoin Lowry Forward
26Colm Murphy 24 Forward 30'
16Scott Osborne Goalkeeper
10Cathal Doyle Forward
17Seamus Lacey Defender
18Alex Mohan Defender
19Sean O’Flynn 5 Defender
20Kevin Swayne 12 Midfielder
21Ciaran Burke Midfielder
22Dylan Kavanagh
23Darragh Carolan Forward
24Niall Corbet 26 Forward 66'
25Brian Daly 14 Forward


1Ian Duffy Goalkeeper
2Lee Pearson 20 Defender
3Declan Hogan Defender
4David Dempsey Defender
5Jack O’Brien 17 Defender
6Peter Cunningham Defender
7Ciaran Donnelly Defender 32'
8Conor McNamee Midfielder
9Jack McEvoy 19 Midfielder
10Joe Maher Forward 68'
11Ruairi McNamee Forward
12Anton Sullivan 18 Forward 21'
13Cian Farrell 23 Forward
14Nigel Dunne Forward 23', 28', 58'
15Dylan Hyland Forward 6', 38', 38', 70'
16Corey White Goalkeeper
17Cian Donohoe 5 Defender
18Jamie Evans 12 Forward
19Aaron Leavy 9 Midfielder
20Morgan Tynan 2 Midfielder
21Cormac Delaney Forward
22Edward Cullen Forward
23Nigel Bracken 13 73', 74'
24Shane Tierney
25Ruairi O’Neil Forward
26Luke Egan