Trim 2-15 Ratoath 1-16

Ratoath  fell agonisingly short in this highly competitive hurling game between two evenly matched teams, played on a cold dry evening in Dunshaughlin. The game began with Trim’s Beano Dowling opening the scoring, as both teams settled early with Ratoath replying with points from Tadhg McCann & Padraig ” Podge” O’Hanrahan. Alan Douglas and then Dowling tagged on the next 4 points to give their side an early lead, but this lead was soon pegged back with Podge converting a number of frees. Ben and Daithi McGowan with a point each put Ratoath in front, but Beano continued to be a thorn in Ratoath’s side with his unerring accuracy from frees. Still Dave O’Reilly’s charges had their noses in front when a well taken goal from Douglas on the stroke of half time put Trim ahead at the interval: 1-8 to 0-9.

It was Ratoath who were first out of the blocks in the second half, with Jack McGowan and frees from Podge raising three white flags in a row to put the men in blue and gold a point ahead. That though was as good as it got for Ratoath, as Neil Heffernan grabbed the men in Red’s crucial second goal in the 37th minute. Podge, his brother Sean and Gavin McGowan continued to take the fight to the opposition with points of their own and with 10 minutes to go the game was still anybody’s with Trim leading 2-11 to 0-15. There was still only three points in it when Daithi McGowan stooped to get the final touch to the back of the net from Dara Kelly’s long range free in the 57th minute. Ultimately though it was Dowling’s expertise from placed balls that proved the difference converting a brace of frees, as they eventually ran out two point winners.

Foireann Ráth Tó: Colm O’Riordan, Cormac Butler, Brian Murphy, Paddy Dowd, Niall McClarnon, Dara Kelly, Ben McGowan (0-1), Jack McGowan (0-2), Podge O’Hanrahan (0-9 8 frees), Sean O’Hanrahan (0-1), Gavin McGowan (0-1), Daitih McGowan (1-1), Tadhg McCann (0-1), Cian Rogers, Conleth McClarnon

Fir Ionad: Bryan McMahon for Rogers, Tom Fadden for Conleth McClarnon