Tullamore end long wait for Offaly title

Tullamore player-manager Kevin Martin celebrates after scoring his side's first goal of the game. Picture: SPORTSFILE

Tullamore 2-12 Kilcormac/Killoughey 0-11

Player-manager Kevin Martin was instrumental as Tullamore captured their first Offaly SHC title since 1964 following a hard-earned 2-12 to 0-11 win over Kilcormac Killoughey at O'Connor Park this afternoon.

The former Offaly star bagged 1-1, including his side's first goal as the town side captured their tenth Offaly crown.

Having dethroned kingpins Birr in the semi-final, Tullamore came into this game with great confidence but the final was firmly in the balance in the opening stages.

The sides were level on four occasions in the opening quarter, although Shane Dooley missed a penalty for Tullamore.

Dooley made amends soon after with a well-struck point, before Martin registered his goal to give his side a 1-6 to 0-5 interval lead.

Kilcormac/Killoughey tried hard in the second half, but Dooley continued to punish them with his scoring accuracy while Ger Treacy netted Tullamore's second goal.

Daniel Currams gave a superb display in the Kilcormac/Killoughey attack, but Dooley (0-6) and Martin (1-1) continued to torment their markers.

Nothing could stop an eager Tullamore outfit as they claimed their first title in 45 years, with Shane Dooley lifting the Sean Robbins Cup after the game.

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