Reigning league champions Galway secured a place in the quarter-finals of this year’s competition as they chalked up their third win of the campaign when they ousted Offaly by 2-19 to 0-14 at Pearse Stadium.
The All-Ireland champions were never really troubled by a battling Offaly side whose hopes suffered double blow early in the second-half when they conceded a second goal and had a man sent off.
Galway built up a 1-09 to 0-08 at the break having played with the breeze in the opening half.
They would have been further ahead had Galway made the most of their goal chances but Offaly goalkeeper Eoghan Cahill produced good saves to deny Paul Flaherty and Joseph Cooney.
Offaly opened up a 0-04 o 0-02 lead after seven minutes with Damien Egan, Dan Currams, David King and Shane Kinsella hitting the target.
Cathal Mannion picked off two points for Galway and then Joseph Cooney scored the opening goal when he finished a good move involving Conor Cooney and Davy Glennon after eight minutes.
That lifted the home supporters in the crowd of 5,355 but the sides were level at the end of the opening quarter at 1-04 to 0-07 after Kinsella, Egan and Currams found the range for Offaly.
Both sides were guilty of some bad wides but Galway hit four points in a row from Sean Loftus, Paul Flaherty, Cathal Mannion and Conor Cooney.
Damien Egan pulled back a point for Offaly but a second point from former minor captain Loftus left Galway ahead by four at the interval.
Offaly’s hopes suffered a double set-back after the restart when Joseph Cooney got his second goal of the game after goalkeeper Cahill had blocked an effort from Conor Cooney.
And then they were reduced to 14 men when Shane Kinsella was sent off after an off the ball tangle with Paul Flaherty — referee Cathal McAllister consulted two of his umpires before making his decision.
That left Offaly with a huge uphill battle as Galway opened up a 2-11 to 0-8 lead.
Substitute Tommy Geraghty landed a couple of points for Offaly but Galway kept pulling away as they picked off points from all angles.
Cahill produced another good save to deny Glennon and while Shane Dooley added a few frees for Offaly when he came on but they never looked like staging a big comeback.
Galway goalkeeper James Skehill saved a penalty from Dooley in the closing stages after Conor Mahon was adjudged to have been fouled as the Tribesmen made it three wins in a row in the campaign.
It’s a second defeat of the campaign for Offaly who will host neighbours Laois next time out.
GALWAY: James Skehill; Adrian Tuohy, Pádraic Mannion, Shane Bannon; Shane Cooney, Gearóid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, Seán Loftus (0-03); Joseph Cooney (2-01), Cathal Mannion (0-05), Paul Flaherty (0-02); Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney (0-07, 0-04 free), Davy Glennon.
Subs: Niall Burke (0-01) for Joseph Cooney (39), Brian Concannon for Whelan (52), Brian Flaherty for Harte (59), Jack Coyne for Glennon (69).
OFFALY: Eoghan Cahill; Ben Conneely, Seán Gardiner, Tom Spain; David O’Toole, Pat Camon, Jordan Quinn; David King (0-01), Paddy Delaney; Colm Gath, Shane Kinsella (0-02), Oisín Kelly; Damien Egan (0-03, 0-03 frees), Conor Mahon, Dan Currams (0-03).
Subs: Dermot Shortt for Quinn (36), Tommy Geraghty (0-03) for Delaney (36), Colin Egan for Gath (48), Shane Dooley (0-02, 0-02 frees) for King (52), Joe Bergin for Kelly (65).
Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork)