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Alan McNamee of Rhode receives a red card, which had been rescinded

Alan McNamee of Rhode receives a red card, which had been rescinded

Alan McNamee of Rhode receives a red card, which had been rescinded

Rhode have been given a massive boost ahead of Sunday's Offaly SFC final replay against Tullamore with veteran midfielder Alan McNamee cleared to play after successfully appealing his red card from the drawn final.

McNamee was shown a straight red card by referee Marius Stones in the 24th minute of the Faithful decider having looked to catch Tullamore attacker Diarmuid Egan in the head with a shoulder, but that decision was rescinded last night.

His brother Niall got Rhode out of jail the last day with a sensational goal to level affairs in the final minute and he will have his older sibling back in tow once again from the start as McNamee chases a record 13th county medal.

McNamee appealed his sending off to the Offaly GAA Hearings Committee last night and it proved successful with Rhode officials producing video evidence of the incident while successfully arguing that it was not dangerous play.

McNamee will now be available for Rhode boss Malachy McNulty as the village side chase their 31st county title, but the controversial decision is likely to draw plenty of ire in Tullamore with all eyes now focused on what could be a tense replay in Bord na Móna O'Connor Park this Sunday at 2pm.

The Offaly champions will have little time to celebrate as they face newly-crowned Kildare kingpins Naas in a Leinster preliminary round clash on Sunday week.

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