Hurlers looking for third league win

The Galway hurlers will be looking for a third division 1B win this weekend when they face Offaly in Pearse Stadium (2pm ).

Micheal Donoghue's charges have already garnered four points in the division after narrow victories over Antrim and Laois, despite playing without some of their star first teamers from last year's championship winning side.

Offaly had a solid win over Dublin in the first round of the league, before falling heavily, 1-24 to 0-10, against Limerick the last day out in Bord Na Mona O'Connor Park.

Against the Treaty men Offaly were far too wayward in front of goal and hit 14 wides over the course of the game, including a missed penalty from free-taker Damien Egan in the first half.

Offaly were only five points behind at half-time, 0-12 to 0-7, but Limerick really picked things up in the second half to win with ease in the end.

Galway will be expected to be too strong for the Leinster outfit, and with Dublin and Limerick to come in round four and round five, Galway will not want any slip ups that could threaten their chances of promotion to 1A for 2019.

Assuming Galway select a reasonably strong team, including ace forwards Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Cathal Mannion and Joseph Cooney, anything other than a win for the home side would be a big surprise.

The hurling game is preceded by the Galway Camogie seniors at noon.

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