Offaly v Galway, Sunday, 1pm, Tullamore
This could be long afternoon for Offaly supporters given their recent performances. They will need to win this game to have any chance of surviving in the division and even at that they would have to rely on other results. They will need a massive performance but Micheal O’Donoghue’s side will also need a win to make sure of a quarter final place.
Offaly have played three games to date. They have lost all three of these games. They got hammered on the opening weekend by Waterford 2-28 to 0-07, they followed this up with losses against Dublin 2-19 to 0-12 at this venue and then last weekend lost out to neighbours Laois by 4 points, 3-17 to 1-16. A massive performance will be needed here. Galway remain unbeaten in Division 1b, having won two and drew 1, the wins coming against Laois and Dublin, the draw coming against Carlow.
This is a very difficult game for Offaly to try and salvage something out of. They will look to players like Joe Bergin, Colm Gath, Shane Kinsella and Ben Connelly. These players along with the rest of the Offaly team will all have to play to at least 95% if they are to get any win here, which honestly I can’t see happening. Micheal Donoghue will look to his side to put the game to bed early if at all possible as he will be able to rest some players then for the Waterford game which is looking like a promotion decider. Players like Joe Canning, Cathal Mannion and Conor Whelan are all key, while in defence Aidan Harte and Padraic Mannion are just two players that should have big games.
Offaly (SH v Galway): Conor Clancy; Paddy Rigney, Niall Houlihan, Ben Conneely; Damien Egan, Pat Camon (captain), Andy Flynn; Aidan Treacy, Mark Egan; Kevin Dunne, Colin Egan, Sean Dolan; Kevin Connolly, Joe Bergin, Colm Gath.
Galway : TBA
Offaly are 12/1 to pick up an unlikely win here and Galway are 1/50 and unbackable. The draw is 33/1. The handicap betting has Waterford -15 at 10/11. Galway to win by that margin is also even money represents no value. Offaly to cover the handicap may be the way to go seen I think Galway will ease off and introduce substitutes. Galway to win by 13-15 points at 9/2.