Offaly boss John Maughan praises the impact of Kerry lore Tomás Ó Sé on Faithful County

JOHN MAUGHAN thinks securing Tomás Ó Sé’s service has been a major coup for Offaly football.

The former Kerry man made his first appearance last Saturday in their O’Byrne Cup opener against Dublin at O’Connor Park.

The Offaly Tomás Ó Sé selector has been praised by John Maughan


The Offaly Tomás Ó Sé selector has been praised by John MaughanCredit: Sportsfile

This is Maughan’s fourth year in charge of Faithful and steady progress has been made – especially promotion to Division 2 for this season.

The Under-20 Offaly team made history by winning the All-Ireland Championship last year, so there’s a wave of optimism spreading across the county.

And throughout the season, Offaly capitalized on momentum by bringing in Ó Sé to join Maughan’s defenders.

Maughan revealed the Great Kingdom’s influence was noticed.

“You can see it,” he said. Eight All-Ireland and All-Stars medals a lot, he’s a very influential person.

“For a guy like Tomás, who has been there and done it, can tell him to go ahead and talk to that back seller and tell him what to do – instinctively, they are listen.

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“It was a great coup for Offaly, I don’t know if he came three or four years ago, but his agreeing to be on the board this year is a vote of confidence. Offaly’s duties football. ”

The first challenge for Offaly will be adjusting to life in Division 2.

With the inaugural Tailteann Cup taking place this year, the teams that ranked themselves in Divisions 3 and 4 – and failed to make it to the provincial finals – will be confined to the new B Championship.

Therefore, Offaly will be determined to stay in the 2nd division.

Maughan added: “The O’Byrne Cup is an opportunity to develop a bit of team cohesion and come together to compete in a Division 2 campaign that will be tough.

“There are so many talented teams – Derry, Down, Meath, Roscommon, Clare, they are all very good teams. We have to survive in Division 2, that’s our challenge.


“It’s been a success for me, if we keep Division 2, it’s a good year.”

There were certainly positive signs in their defeat to Dublin last Saturday, particularly the reaction to conceding an early second-half goal that secured the two teams five points.

Instead of accepting their fate, Offaly showed bravery and scored the next four points.

“I’m pretty optimistic, I’m pleased with the team’s honesty and hard work,” Maughan said.

“We have a lot of young players coming out of our 20s campaign. I’ve been particularly impressed with our full-back lineup, it’s a whole new line of full-back, two guys. Ciarán Donnelly and Lee Pearson boys are special.

“Rory Egan and Jack Bryant are very impressive and there will be others who are not here due to Covid situations but they will be seen in the next few weeks.


“We have to have the positives, but we can’t ignore that we had enough possession time to win the game and we didn’t.

“I don’t know if that’s what the blues look like or not, but we have some areas on the pitch that we have to work through before heading into the first round of the tournament against Clare. ”

Like all managers, Maughan is facing players becoming unavailable due to Covid issues. “It’s all a new scenario for management, waiting for the phone call to see exactly who you’ll have,” he said.

Offaly’s second game at the O’Byrne Cup sees them host Longford at Faithful Fields tomorrow.

Maughan will make a largely different lineup from the one that faced Dublin last weekend, when the players were in action with Sigerson.

He has encouraged his players to prepare for their colleges.


The former UCG player explained: “I played Sigerson, I was lucky enough to win a few Sigerson medals in my day, I respect the competition and I think it’s amazing.

“We have 12 or 13 people going to play against Sigerson in the middle of the week, I am very aware of that.

“I have encouraged all of our players to come and play with Sigerson and we will have 13 players involved on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“So we’re going to be tense on Wednesday night but that’s the challenge we have to accept.” Offaly boss John Maughan praises the impact of Kerry lore Tomás Ó Sé on Faithful County

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