Offaly SFC final: Rhode get the job done early

October 17, 2016

Rhode collect their 27th Offaly SFC title.

Rhode 1-14

Ferbane 0-9

Rhode joined Tullamore at the top of the Offaly SFC roll of honour with 27 titles after making light work of Ferbane's challenge at O'Connor Park.

Pascal Kellaghan's charges were home and hosed after a dominant first half display. Ferbane, who were appearing in their first final in 19 years, had no answer to Rhode's power and accuracy as they signalled their intent with a Niall McNamee point inside the first 10 seconds.

Paul McFadden raised the game's only green flag at the end of the first quarter to help The Village to a commanding 1-9 to 0-3 interval lead.

Kevin Nugent gave Ferbane hope with a superb point immediately after the restart, but with McNamee helping himself to 0-6 and Anton Sullivan also in fine scoring form, the green and golds cruised home.

Rhode will now switch their focus towards the Leinster club SFC and a meeting with Wexford champions Gusserane.

Rhode - K Garry; J McPadden, J Kavanagh, E Rigney; N Darby (0-1f), B Darby, S Sullivan; C McNamee (0-1), A McNamee; S Hannon (0-1), P Sullivan, A Sullivan (0-3); P McPadden (1-1), R McNamee (0-1), N McNamee (0-6). Subs: G O'Connell for S Hannon, D Garry for P Sullivan, C Heavey for J Kavanagh, G McNamee for P McPadden, E Byrne for R McNamee.

Ferbane - K Sammon; C Cahill, J Egan, S Wren; B Grehan, L Fox, J Nally; K McManus, C Egan; O Kelly, S Nally (0-6f), D Cox; J Maher (0-1f), A Keenaghan, J Clancy. Subs: K Nugent (0-1) for J Clancy, D Keenaghan for A Keenaghan, C Lowry for J Egan, A McDonagh (0-1) for J Nally.

Referee - F Smyth.

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