Ratoath 1-16 St Peter’s Dunboyne 1-16
Ratoath and Dunboyne played out a hard fought draw on this cool Saturday evening, 12th May, in Dunboyne. This was a game which ebbed and flowed with both sides swapping the lead over the course of the hour and it was Dunboyne who made the brighter start leading 6 points to 3 after 12 minutes. Ratoath rallied with points from Cian Rogers, Sean O’Hanrahan and Padraig O’Hanrahan – the latter from placed balls to lead 7 to 6 with less than 10 minutes to go. Although the home side leveled again soon after, Ratoath responded with a goal from Cian Rogers after good work from Sean O’Hanrahan. Rogers tagged on another couple of points as his side went in 2 points up at the break, with the half time score reading 1-9 to 0-10
The second half began with Dunboyne on the front front and the perfect start with a goal from a 21 metre free. They had the better of the next 15 minutes, but were still only 2 points ahead, mainly due to the excellent shooting from Padraig “Podge” O’Hanrahan from frees as well as from a sideline ball. Ratoath’s defense was also steady in repelling many Dunboyne attacks.The game could have gone either way with Dunboyne going a point ahead with 5 minutes to go, only for David O’Reilly’s charges to get the next 2 scores through Podge and Rogers. Dunboyne though had the final say raising the last white flag of the day and ensuring honours were even. Overall a fair result in an exciting game of hurling for which both sides deserve credit.
Foireann Ráth Tó : Gearoid Crowley, Paddy Dowd, Cormac Butler, Brian Kiernan, Niall McLarnon, Brian Murphy, Conor Ward, Jack McGowan, Sean Keogh, Sean O’Hanrahan (0-1), Padraig O’Hanrahan (0-10, 8 frees, 1 play, 1 sideline cut), Daithi McGowan (0-1), Cian Rogers (1-3), Ben McGowan, Tadhg McCann
Subs : Conleth McLarnon, Tom Fadden (0-1), Sean Johnson