Defending champions Kilcormac/Killoughey and 2011 champions Coolderry are the only remaining sides with unbeaten records after Round 2 of the Molloy Environmental Systems Offaly Senior Hurling Championship.
Going for three in a row, Kilcormac/Killoughey sit atop the group after a 4-21 to 0-13 win over Drumcullen. The defending champions stormed out of the blocks and by the 10th minute held a 1-3 to 0-1 lead. By half-time the advantage had grown to 2-9 to 0-5 and a third goal shortly after the restart removed any doubt over the result.
Coolderry’s win was equally emphatic as they saw off Brosna Gaels by 2-21 to 2-7. The game was over by half-time as Coolderry built a 2-13 to 0-2 lead and while Brosna Gaels edged the second-half by 2-5 to 0-8, they never threatened to overhaul their opponents.
The third game in Group 2 saw Seir Kieran and Belmont play out a thrill draw with the game finishing Seir Kieran 4-14 Belmont 2-20. There was little suggestion of the drama to come as Belmont held a 0-10 to 1-6 lead at the break.
In Group 1, there was drama even before the ball was thrown in between St Rynagh’s and Shinrone with two players sent off before the game began. St Rynagh’s were 1-7 Shinrone 0-8. Rynagh’s were reduced to 13 men as another player was sent off after the half-time. However despite conceding three second-half goals, St Rynagh’s held on for a share of the points with the sides finishing locked on 3-14 apiece at the final whistle.
The two sides top the group a point ahead of Birr who notched their first win by seeing off Ballinamere by 1-21 to 0-12.
Joining both those sides on two points in a tight group are Kinnitty who defeated Tullamore by 1-13 to 1-11 in another close game.