Ratoath 2-11 Trim 3-8
Ratoath’s Junior Hurlers battled to an entertaining draw in this 3rd round championship game played in warm dry conditions in Dunganny last night (19th July).
Ratoath began on the front foot with 4 unanswered points with Damien O’Meara, Aaron O’Flaherty and Ger Brennan all getting on the score sheet. Trim eventually responded with a point of their own in the 15th minute before striking for the first goal in the 21st minute. Ratoath still finished the half the better with O’Meara (2) and Brian Daly both raising white flags to put their side a point ahead at half time (0-7 to 1-3).
The second half began with both teams exchanging points before the Trim full forward notched his (and his team’s) second goal of the game in the 43rd minute. This was a period when Trim were in the ascendancy, at one stage leading 2-8 to 0-10. They looked to be heading for victory especially with Ratoath being reduced to 14 men in the 50th minute with O’Meara getting a red card.
Ratoath though hung on in there and a brilliant overhead strike from the Deise’s Finest Tommy Cooper, seconds after coming on as a sub, raised a green flag and suddenly the teams were level.
Shortly after Tom Fadden got on the end of an excellent team move to tap the ball to an empty net. Mick Brazil’s charges were now looking like the victors with the game now in injury time. Alas Trim had the final say when with the last poc of the game as a 70 meter free went all the way through to the net. This tied things up with a draw being the proverbial fair result.
A good result then for Ratoath missing many of their first choice team. A big shout out to Paul Flaherty and Brian Daly, neither of whom had played a hurling match in years but who never looked out of place.
Foireann Ráth Tó
Gavin Hattie, Sean Brazil, Paul Kirwan, Adam Whelan, Pierce Butler, Sean Ryan, Adam Comerford (0-1), Tom Fadden (1-0), Brian Kiernan, James O’Brien (0-1), Ger Brennan (0-2), Brian Daly (0-1), Shane MCGoldrick, Damien O’Meara (0-5,2 frees, 1 “65), Sean Laffey (0-1)
Subs: Paul Flaherty for Kirwan, Tommy Cooper (1-0) for O’Brien