Ratoath 6-6 Kildalkey 1-9

Ratoath made the most of their second chance in the Intermediate Camogie Final replay as they scored five first-half goals en-route to a convincing 6-6 to 1-9 victory over Na Fianna.

Ratoath dominated in the first half after an early goal from Fiona McNerney settled the side and excellent team work and passing in the forward line resulted in further scores from Eimear Griffiths (1-0), Sinead Beagan (2-0), Fiona McNerney (2-0), Niamh McLoughlin (0-1) and Anna Brannigan (0-2). Ratoath were winning battles at every position and were 16 points clear at the break. Ratoath 5-3 to Kildalkey’s 0-2.

It was no surprise that Kildalkey came out with all guns blazing in the second half and added 4 points in the first 5 minutes. Kildalkey were awarded a penalty which could have further narrowed the gap but Áine Keogh’s shot was wide. This was the turning point for Ratoath in the second half and despite a Kildalkey goal, Ratoath tightened up and regained their momentum. Victory was clear when Sinead Beagan’s free from distance floated to the back of the net and 2 more points from frees (Sinéad Beagan) and a point from Áine McNerney ensured that the Jim McDermott Memorial Cup was coming home to Ratoath.

Christy Mangan, Meath County Board Chairman, awarded player of the match to Louise Gaffney before presenting the cup to Ratoath’s Captain Sinéad Beagan.

Ratoath: Niamh O’Riordan, Clodagh Griffiths, Orla Hayes, Chloe Faherty, Louise Gaffney, Aine Cooke, Adrienne McCann, Anna Brannigan (0-2), Emma McGill, Eimear Griffiths (1-0), Áine McNerney (0-1), Lauren McCann, Sinéad Beagan (3-2, frees 1-2), Fiona McNerney (2-0), Niamh McLoughlin (0-1).

Subs: Aisling O’Reilly for Eimear Griffiths, Emma McNerney for Lauren McCann