THE third round of the Tullamore Court Hotel SFC was played over the weekend and it showed that Rhode are very much the team to beat.
Niall Darby and Niall McNamee were the scorers in chief as they over ran a brave Ferbane side in the second-half eventually winning by 1-19 to 1-9.
In fairness to Ferbane they matched or outscored a number other teams on what was in the main a low scoring weekend.
Edenderry just edged out Tullamore by 1-8 to 1-7 in a tight game in O’Connor Park leaving Tullamore topping up the group after three defeats.
Erin Rovers kicked the weekend off with a win over Tubber on Friday evening which leaves them second in the group behind Rhode
Challengers Clara and Walsh Island played out a 1-7 to 0-10 draw in what was supposed to be the pick of the games in Group 2. Gracefield and Ballycumber also drew on a scoreline of 1-9 to 0-12 but St Rynagh’s continued to heap the pressure on Shamrocks as they prevailed by 3-7 to 0-9. Shamrocks have no points on the board yet and face a real uphill battle to avoid relegation.
See this Wednesday’s Offaly Express for full reports on all six games plus analysis with full statistics from this and every round and the Team of the Week.