Offaly Remain In Division Two After A Remarkable Injury Time Collapse

Offaly Remain In Division Two After A Remarkable Injury Time Collapse

Offaly's All-Ireland final triumph in 1994 is fondly remembered outside Limerick as the Five Minute Final. Trailing by five points with just five minutes to go, the Faithful County stunned Limerick with a quickfire 2-5 to win the game by six points. Even the Five Minute Final though doesn't compare to the level  of collapse witnessed in O'Connor Park today.

26 years later, Offaly hurling is a long, long way from the heights of 1994. After dropping to the third level of Championship hurling for 2020, they were very hopeful of at least getting back to Division 1 of the National League for 2021 under new manager Michael Fennelly. A win today in Tullamore against Antrim would have gotten them into a promotion final against the same opposition. Amazingly, despite circumstances, it didn't work out that way.

Leading by six points after 76 (!) minutes, and basically home and hosed, Antrim scored two goals in the last two attacks of the game to rescue a draw and ensure they'll be playing against Kerry in the final, and Offaly will remain in Division 2 for another year.

Neil McManus put home a cracking finish after 41 minutes but with time already at the discretion of the referee, it appeared too little too late. Then, after eight minutes of added time, the unthinkable happened for Offaly.


Offaly will now look forward to the Christy Ring cup in a few weeks. They share Group 1, remarkably, with Derry, Sligo, and Wicklow.


For Antrim, they will face Kerry, having beaten the same team just last week and will be favourites to go back to Division 1 after a two year absence.


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