Ratoath 0-10, Gaeil Colmcille 1-07
On a lovely evening in Sean Eiffe Park both sides came away with a share of the spoils.
Gaeil Colmcilles were first to register a score in a hard hitting contest. Points from Frank Coyne and Michael Mulvey left the game level after 15 minutes. Two frees from Colmcilles and points from Dessie Donnelly and Frank Coyne left it 0-5 to 0-05 at the break.
The second half was a free flowing game with both sides missing plenty of opportunities to pull away. After an excellent save from Richard Donnelly, the ball rebounded into the net to leave Colmcilles the advantage. The introduction of Colm Nugent and the work rate of Lombard and Lyons lifted Ratoath. Further points from Coyne and Nugent levelled matters again. It was tit for tat for the remaining 10 minutes, with both sides picking off some brilliant scores one in particular from Nugent. A quick free straight from the training ground from Dessie Donnelly allowed Coyne to point from close range to put the minimum between the teams. Gaeil Colmcille never gave up and pointed a late free for a share of the spoils.
Best for Ratoath: Mick Lavin, Frank Coyne, Colm Nuggent, Michael Mulvey, Eoin Clayton and Conor Killian.
Ratoath: Richard Donnelly, Eoin Clayton, Mick Lavin, Brian Duffy, Enda Conaty, Paul Kirwan, Conor Killian, Richie Lombard, Darren Lyons, Micheal Mulvey (0–1), John Kirwan, Evan Donnelly, Niall Mc Goldrick, Frank Coyne (0-6, 3f), Robbie Madden.
Subs: Dessie Donnelly (0-1), for Evan Donnelly, Colm Nuggent (0-2), for Enda Conaty, Toirdealhac O’ Neill for Robbie Madden, Simon Barry for Niall Mc Goldrick, Andrew Gerard for John Kirwan.