Ratoath 3-13 Boardsmill 2-12
It was Ratoath who shaded this A League division 4 hurling clash played on a fine dry evening in Boardsmill on Friday night 27 April.
Padraig Byrne opened up the scoring for the visitors, followed by two points from Boardsmill. Padraig Byrne then scored another fine point from play. Conleith McLarnon scored 4 frees and a magnificent solo goal by Paddy Coady, left the men in blue and yellow 1-06 to 0-06 at half time.
Into the second half Ger Brennan opened the scoring with two well taken points. This was soon followed by a goal from the industrious Shane McGoldrick.
Boardsmill never let their heads drop and with 1 goal and 3 points were back in the game. In fact it took a great penalty save by Colm O’Riordan for Ratoath to be still 3 points in front.
Boardsmill continued to keep the score board ticking over with another goal and Ratoath were starting to rue a host of earlier missed chances. Substitutes Cian Rogers and Daithi McGowan added 3 points between them leaving Ratoath 2 points up. Boardsmill then struck what looked like the winning score with a late goal.
Ratoath kept battling and Padraig Byrne receiving a pass from Toirdelac O’Neill, directed the sliotar to Shane McGoldrick who dispatched to the net for his second and a crucial 3 pointer. Rogers finished with a pointed free to leave Ratoath with a 4 point win, continuing their winning run at the top of Division 4.
No doubt there is room for sharper finishing but overall Ratoath will be happy with what could have been a loss.
Ratoath: Colm O’Riordan, Sean Brazil, Paul Kirwan, Pierce Butler, Luke Farrell, Toirdelac O’Neill, Rob Dwyer, Brian Kiernan, Sean Laffey, Padraig Byrne (0-02), Paddy Coady (1-00), Conleith McLarnon (0-05, 1f), Shane McGoldrick (2-00), Tom Fadden, Ger Brennan (0-02).
Subs: Donal McLarnon for Rob Dwyer, Cian Rogers (0-03, 3fs) for Paddy Coady, Daithi McGowan (0-01) for Sean Laffey, Sean McCann for Sean Brazil, Niall McLarnon for Luke Farrell.