Offaly 1-18 1-10 Monaghan

Tullamore action
Conor Galligan and Bernard Allen battle for possession

Monaghan lost by eight points to an impressive Offaly side in their All-Ireland qualifier at Tullamore.

Offaly led early on and Niall McNamee's 13th-minute goal into the top corner was just reward for their superiority.

Chris McGuinness' goal on 27 minutes helped Monaghan level the game but Offaly led 1-8 to 1-6 at half-time.

Offaly scored five unanswered points at the start of the second half and continued their domination to earn a deserved and comfortable victory.

Offaly recorded the first three points of the game, before Paul Finlay registered Monaghan's first score.

McNamee blasted the ball into the net to make it 1-3 to 0-1 but Monaghan made a mini-revival as Bernard O'Brien and Conor McManus played their part in McGuinness' goal.

The scores were level at 1-6 to 1-6 but Offaly then pulled away.

McNamee and Ciaran McManus starred for the home side in the second half.

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