Ratoath 3-7, Drumbaragh 1-13
Ratoath played out an entertaining draw in this B league Division 5 clash against a strong Drumbaragh side in Sean Eiffe Park.
The game began with Ratoath kicking four wides within the first ten minutes and trailed by 4 points. A great ball from Nathan Dunne allowed Darren Lyons to kick Ratoath’s first point. Further points from Lyons, Dunne and a goal from Mark Daly kept Ratoath in touch. Drumbaragh kicked some nice scores and both sides went in level at half time 1-03 to 0-6.
It was tit for tat in the second half with both sides playing attacking football. Drumbaragh went 2 points up and only for some great saves from Brendan Lynch and brilIiant defending it could have been worse. Ratoath dug deep and points from Dunne, Lyons, Kirwan and Nugent closed the gap.
After a scuffle on the sideline Ratoath’s selector Fiachra Gaughan was given his marching orders. This seemed to galvanise the players. Drumbaragh looked to have done enough, but a lofted 45 from Andrew Gerard landed in the box and Richie Lombard reacted first to bury a goal that any World Cup striker would be happy with. A draw was a fair result.
Best for Ratoath: Nathan Dunne, Darren Lyons, Stephen O’Brien and Brendan Lynch.
Ratoath: Brendan Lynch, Conor Killian, Paul Kirwan, Brian Duffy, Stephen O’Brien, Mick Lavin, Colm Nugent (0-1), Darren Lyons (1-2), Micheal Mulvey, Mark Daly (1-0), John Kirwan (0-1), Nathan Dunne (0-3), Cian O’Connor, Philip Guckian, Matthew Kelly.
Subs: Niall McGoldrick for Guckian, Andrew Gerard for Kelly, Dylan McLoughlin for O’Connor, Richie Lombard (1-0) for Daly, Kelly for Nugent.