Rhode (@1.53) vs Ferbane (@3.0)
13-10-2019

Our Prediction:

Rhode will win

Rhode – Ferbane Match Prediction | 13-10-2019 10:30

Subs:S Flynnfor D Cox, J Nally for D Egan, S Ibbotson for S Flynn,D Kellyfor C Egan, K McManus for R McGuire. Ferbane - JCullinan; M Wren, C Egan,K Nugent;S Wren, C Cahill, L Fox;K Higgins,O Kelly; D Cox,J Maher(0-4, 1f),D Egan; C Johnson (0-3, 2f), A Keenaghan (0-2), R McGuire (0-1).

Offaly"s two midfielders, Ciaran McManus and Niall Smith, will do battle at midfield and both players are likely to play a big role, but Gracefield"s half-back and half-forward lines should win the battle for breaking ball and their greater scoring ability should be too much for Tubber to handle, as a club who find scoring more than twelve times extremely difficult. Gracefield should welcome back the two Fitzpatricks and that added firepower could give them the edge in what could be a very hard fought and entertaining game.

Both these sides have been surprise packets in 2008 and neither team will want to lose momentum by doing anything other than competing at 100 per cent intensity. Conspiracy theorists will be watching this game keenly to see if the two sides engineer the mutually satisfactory draw that will send both clubs into the knockout stages, but realistically this will only be an issue if the scores are level with a few minutes to go.

Raheen have been extremely disappointing in this years IFC and appear to be regressing after several years of playing very competitively at this level. Bracknagh also had a difficult outing in round two of this years championship, shipping 3-18 to St Brigid"s, but the Croghan men are demolishing all round them this year and if Bracknagh can put that one-off result behind them, they can win this. Their loss to Clara showed quite how far the club have fallen and unless they can turn things around, they look like they"ll struggle this Sunday too.

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Anton Sullivan scored the only goal in the 37th minute as 'The Village' claimed their 29th title to extendtheir lead at the top of the Offaly SFC roll of honour.

In order to reach a Quarter-Final, Tullamore must win this game by four points and hope that Rhode beat Ferbane in the other match going on simultaneously in O"Connor Park. That Tullamore have the players to do this is not in question - whether they have the resolve to take on and beat a fired up Shannonbridge team is quite another matter altogether. As Sesame Street could have put it, this match is brought to you by the letters Q and F, and the number 4. Tullamore found James Grennan too much to handle at midfield last time out and it"s easy to see how John Ryan and John Egan could prove similarly difficult to get the better of this week.

Rhode - K Garry; S Sullivan, E Rigney, J Kavanagh; B Darby,N Darby(0-1), J McPadden; C McNamee, A McNamee; C Heavey, R McNamee (0-3),P Sullivan; P McPadden, A Sullivan (1-4), N McNamee (0-9, 4f). Subs:D Garry(0-1) for C Heavey, D Kavanagh for C McNamee, G McNamee forS Sullivan,S Lowryfor A McNamee,M Rigney for P Sullivan.

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If ten people were asked to rank the clubs in the IFC, at least seven out of ten would put Doon third while a similar proportion would probably put Birr fourth, based on results in 2008. The problem for Birr is that the gap between third and fourth is similar to the gap between Kilkenny and the second best team in hurling - it might be only one ranking place, but it"s a lot more than that in reality.