Ratoath 3-21 Kildalkey 3-15

Ratoath emerged 6 point winners in this entertaining game played in perfect conditions for hurling in Kildalkey on Saturday evening, 28 April.

The game got off to a hectic start with both sides beginning brightly, with notably Colm O’Riordan making 2 fantastic saves to keep the home side from establishing an early lead. Ratoath managed to steady the ship and midway through the first half period David O’Reilly’s young charges came into their own with Cian Rogers and Daithi McGowan, both picking some fine individual scores including a goal from Rogers. As a result the visitors help the upper hand at half time leading 1-12 to 1-9.

Ratoath began the second half in fine style with a well taken goal from Darragh Kelly, soon followed by a couple of excellent points from Padraig O’Hanrahan. It was noticeable Ratoath’s defence also looked to be in better shape in repelling Kildalkey’s attacks. That said Kildalkey battled hard and responded with a goal and a point mid way through the second half and it took another goal from Rogers to put the result beyond doubt as the scoreline read 3-21 to 3-15 in Ratoath’s favour. All in all a brilliant display from this youthful Ratoath outfit (with an average age of just 20) who maintained their 100% record and ideal preparation for the championship in 6 weeks time.

Foireann Ráth Tó: Colm O’Riordan, Sean McCann, Pierce Butler, Paddy Dowd, Conor Ward, Brian Murphy, Niall McClarnon (0-2), Darragh Kelly (1-1), Sean Keogh, Sean O’Hanrahan (0-2), Padraig O’Hanrahan (0-9 8 frees), Daithi McGowan (0-2), Cian Rogers (2-2), Ben McGowan, Tadhg McCann (0-3)