Shane Dooley showed just why Emmet McDonnell was quick to call him into the county football squad with a stellar performance for Tullamore in the Offaly SFC last night, helping his club to a 0-16 to 1-7 victory over Walsh Island.
Dooley kicked seven points, six from play, while he was ably assisted in the forward line by former Athlone Town soccer player Kevin Williamson, who contributed 0-5.
The duo’s combination play was far too much for Walsh Island, who lacked pace and incision themselves. Alan Mulhall’s second-half goal reduced the deficit to one, but Tullamore kicked the last five points to secure the win.
Rhode and Clara remain the two teams to beat after racking up huge wins. Rhode beat Ferbane 2-21 to 1-8, while Clara pulverised neighbours Erin Rovers, 5-16 to 0-6 in a game where Stephen O’Brien, Barry Cushen, Joey Deehan and John Reynolds (twice) all raised green flags. Rovers are now clear favourites for relegation after a third heavy defeat in succession.
Niall McNamee was in excellent form for Rhode as they comprehensively beat a weakened Ferbane outfit, scoring two early goals and going on to accumulate 2-5.
Paul McPadden with 0-4 and Niall Darby with 0-7 also starred for the champions, who racked up 1-6 in the first 10 minutes to put the result beyond doubt and scored all bar one point from play.
Ballycumber remain unbeaten but they’ll be disappointed not to have posted a third victory after getting an early goal through Fergal Daly and posting a six-point half-time lead against St Rynaghs. Niall Wynne scored five points for Rynaghs and Conor Clancy saved a penalty to ensure the spoils were shared, 1-6 to 0-9.
Edenderry needed two goals from Dean Cummins to overcome St Brigids 3-9 to 2-7 yesterday afternoon, while Gracefield also look good for a place in the quarter-finals after recording a 2-9 to 1-9 win over Tubber.
Goals from Karol Slattery and John Knight put Gracefield nine up at the break but Ciarán McManus was in excellent form for Tubber and his tally of 1-6 ensured that the tie went down to the wire.
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