The club requested that their five players on Brian Whelahan’s county hurling panel be released from county duty after playing in a challenge match against Dublin last weekend, but the Offaly county board decreed players were only entitled to five days with their club in their “first choice code”, which was automatically deemed to be hurling on account of their selection for inter-county duty. Consequently they trained under Whelahan on Tuesday.
Kilcormac-Killoughey requested a postponement on that basis but were denied. The Offaly CCC will meet to discuss the matter but it’s expected St Rynaghs will be awarded the tie and Kilcormac-Killoughey will be fined.
Rhode, Tullamore, Clara and Edenderry have dominated the Offaly championship in recent years and it’s now been seven years since any other club featured in a senior football final in the county. That run doesn’t look like breaking any time soon as all four won this week.
Anton Sullivan and Niall McNamee struck 0-14 between them, all bar one coming from play, as Rhode put Ferbane to the sword on Thursday night, racking up a 1-20 to 0-8 victory in Durrow.
McNamee carried on his splendid intercounty form and struck eight points before he was withdrawn after 49 minutes, while Glen O’Connell added the goal from the penalty spot.
Shane Dooley made light of his hurling exertions when he struck two goals for champions Tullamore in their 3-13 to 2-10 win over Walsh Island, also played on Thursday. Tullamore were a long way from their best but were never under pressure. Alan Mulhall led the way for the Island, scoring a penalty, saving another and ending the game with 2-4.
Graham Guilfoyle hit five points from play and Stephen Deehan struck a goal in the second half as Clara eased to a 1-20 to 0-12 win over Ballycumber, while Tubber are up against it after they lost out to St Brigids by 2-6 to 1-7 on Saturday evening, their second defeat in two starts. A Ciarán McManus penalty put Tubber six points clear early in the second half but goals from Shay Hannon and Eddie Grogan gave the Croghan club a surprise victory.
Edenderry were the weekend’s other victors as a Ciarán Hurley goal with five minutes to play helped them to a 1-13 to 1-11 win over Gracefield.