Rhode cruised to a 33 point victory as they completely outclassed Wexford champions, Gusserane O’Rahilly’s in this AIB Leinster Club senior football championship opening round game played at O’Kennedy Park, New Ross.
Two goals inside the opening five minutes from Ruairi McNamee and Niall McNamee had the Offaly champions leading 2-2 to 0-0. Further goals through Paul McPadden and Anton Sullivan saw them lead 4-7 to 0-0, before Gusserane had their only point of the half in the 22nd minute. Rhode led 4-10 to 0-1 at the interval.
The second half was just a stroll as Rhode strolled their way to a quarter-final meeting with Simonstown Gaels (Meath) on November 12th in O’Connor Pk
Rhode: Ken Garry; Brian Darby, Shane Sullivan (0-1), Jake Kavanagh; Anton Sullivan (1-0), Eoin Rigney, Niall Darby (0-1); Alan McNamee (0-1), Conor McNamee (0-2); James McPadden (1-2), Niall McNamee (1-8 2f), Pauric Sullivan (0-1); Paul McPadden (1-2), Ruairi McNamee (1-1), Shay Hannon (0-1). Subs: Ciarán Heavey for B Darby (11); D Garry (0-1) for R McNamee (ht); Glen O’Connell (0-1) for A Sullivan (ht); D Kavanagh for J Kavanagh (43); G McNamee for A McNamee (43); E Byrne for P Sullivan (46).
Gussserane O’Rahillys: M Ryan; C Somers, L Dillon, J O’Connor; A Redmond, A Flynn (0-1), J Burford; J Roche, M Rossiter, P Conway, G Cullen, J Cooney; P Wallace (0-1), K Cahill, S Cullen (0-1f). Subs: S Ryan for Cahill (11); F Ryan for Burford (25); M Flynn for Dillon (28); R Corcoran for Rossiter (39); S Kinsella for Cooney (52); P Wallace (0-1)for S Ryan (56).