Ferbane's dramatic victory over Clara in Senior Football semi-final came at a heavy cost

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Ferbane's impressive 3-10 to 1-10 victory over Clara in yesterday's Offaly Senior Football semi-final came at a very heavy price as they lost two players to serious injuries. 

After trailing for the majority of the game, Ferbane hit two late goals, both from Oisin Kelly, to seal a dramatic victory. However both Jack Egan and Shane Nally will miss the county final against Rhode after suffering serious injuries.

In the other semi-final, Rhode came from behind to defeat Tullamore. Trailing by 1-9 to 1-7 midway through the second-half, the defending county champions restricted Tullamore to just one further point while they added 1-2 of their own with Ruairi McNamee getting the all important goal. 

Rhode will be going for another three in a row, and a remarkable tenth title in 15 years while Ferbane, beaten finalists in 2016, will be hoping to end a 24 year wait to lift the Dowling Cup.