Familiar foes to meet in Offaly Senior Football Final

RHODE and Clara will meet in the Offaly Senior Football Final for the fifth time in ten years after both came through their respective semi-finals at the weekend.

RHODE and Clara will meet in the Offaly Senior Football Final for the fifth time in ten years after both came through their respective semi-finals at the weekend.

Rhode’s scoring power eventually saw them past Tullamore while Clara reversed the result of last year’s county final as they had three points to spare over defending champions Edenderry.

Tullamore made the dream start in their game with Rhode with Shane Dooley finding the back of the net after just four minutes of play.

Rhode however hit back strongly rattling off six unanswered points and they eventually went to the break ahead at 0-9 to 1-5.

With Niall McNamee kicking eight points, Rhode also seemed to be in control however a second Tullamore goal in the closing stages from Shaun Martin left just one between the sides and set up a tense last few minutes.

However Rhode were not to be denied adding three further points from Mark Dunne, Conor McNamee and James McPadden to secure their place in the final.

In the second semi-final, Clara got off to the better start kicking three early points but those scores were cancelled out by a goal from Derek Kelly which got Edenderry into the game. Clara responded well and by the interval held a two point lead at 0-8 to 1-3.

Clara started the second-half as they had the first adding three more unanswered points but again the defending champions responded with a goal with Dan Nolan finishing the ball to the back of the net. The momentum was with Edenderry at this stage and they added two further points but a point from Scott Brady followed by a goal from brother Ross proved pivotal as Clara got their noses in front to qualify for their fourth final in succession.

The final is due to be played on October 14.

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Results

Rhode 0-17 Tullamore 2-7

Clara 1-13 Edenderry 2-7