OFFALY champions Rhode exited the Leinster Club Senior Football Championship at the first hurdle on Sunday when they lost out to Louth champions St Patrick’s in O’Connor Park.
Leinster Club SFC Round 1
St Patrick’s, Louth 1-9
The sides were locked at 0-3 apiece at the end of a tight first-half with Niall McNamee and Mark Dunne securing Rhode’s scores.
In difficult conditions, the game turned early in the second-half when referee Joe Curley awarded a penalty to the Louth men after deeming that a shot from Eoin O’Connor had been blocked by a foot. Karl White converted from the spot and St Patrick’s were suddenly in the ascendency.
With the momentum on their side they added two more points to move five ahead before Rhode mounted a comeback with two more points from Niall McNamee.
However just when the Offaly side looked to be getting back into the game, St Patrick’s added two more points to extend their lead back to five. They lead by six entering the final stages but a point from Brian Darby and a goal from Niall McNamee set up a grandstand finish.
While they had other chances, including a good shout for a penalty that was not awarded, Rhode couldn’t conjur up a second goal that would have got them the win and the Louth men held on to progress to the Leinster quarter-final.