The home side proved just about superior on the night as Ratoath succumbed to a 4 point defeat in this league game played in damp conditions in Duleek. Despite playing against the wind in the first half it was Duleek/Bellewstown who got off to a blistering start and were 1-3 to no score in front after 10 minutes. After that the visitors settled and with good points from Enda Cahill and Colm Ryan they gradually trimmed the deficit and would dominate the rest of the half . The highlight during this period was a goal from Niall Donnelly which  helped them go in front at half time 1-6 to 1-4.

The second half with Ratoath playing against the elements was going to prove tough to hold on to the slim 2 point advantage and so it panned out as the East Meath side gradually got on top. That said Enda Cosgrove’s side showed commendable spirit and actually went ahead with 10 minutes to go courteous of a goal from Gavin Quigley. Alas it was Duleek/Bellewstown who finished the stronger with successive points in a row to eventually run out 4 point winners. Despite the defeat this was useful preparation for the squad as they look forward to their next championship game -next Tuesday night against St Michael’s in Martry.(7.30 throw in). Best for Ratoath were Lawrence Halpin, Glen Reilly, James O’Brien, Luke Farrell, & Paul Kirwan.

Foireann Ráth Tó: Lawrence Halpin, Aidan Quigley, Glen Reilly,Conor Fitzpatrick, Brian Daly, Paddy Quinn, James O’Brien, Luke Farrell, Aidan Hickey, Colm Ryan (0-1), Gavin Quigley (1-1), Enda Cahill (0-1), Colm Conemey (0-1), Paul Kirwan (0-1), Niall Donnelly (1-3).

Subs: Terry Maher for A Quigley, Michael John lavin for Quinn, Tom Gannon for Conemey, Fergus McGorman for Donnelly