The second round of division 1 football league saw Ratoath host St Patrick’s of Stamullen.
On a cool bright morning on February 4th, Ratoath once again lined out with a largely inexperienced team.
St Pat’s were first of the mark with a pointed free in the fifth minute and another free in the sixth minute moved two in front.
Ratoath despite the scoreboard were doing well and Ben and Daithi McGowan were getting the better of things in midfield.
Unfortunately Ratoath weren’t taking their chances and they ran up 8 wides before Connell Ahearne pointed from a free in the 22nd minute to mark their first score.
This settled the home side and a fine Daithi McGowan take and a quick lay off to Gareth Rooney put Ahearne in place for his second.
From the resulting kick out Conor Rooney won possession, laid it off to Ahearne, who in turn played it to Garrett Rooney, who put Nathan Dunne through for a goal!
2 minutes later Conor Rooney scored a fine point from out in the right and immediately after that Ahearne scored a fine point from the left to put Ratoath 1-5 to 2 points up!
Pat’s however pushed on and scored 2 points just before half time, with Ratoath registering a final wide on the strike of half time.
St Pat’s 0-4
Conor Rooney put Fergal Power’s charges further ahead with the first point of the second half and things were looking good for the home side.
St Pat’s however scored a fine goal, after a long passing move saw them cut through Ratoath down the middle! This gave them the lifeline they needed.
A delay in play, following a scuffle that saw a man from both sides sent to the line, didn’t help Ratoath – Pat’s were to score points in the 43rd and 45th minutes to narrow the gap to 1. Ratoath had chances but a couple of bad sides didn’t help their cause.
The Stamullen men kept the game tight down the middle and Ratoath were penalised for fouling – the visitors scored four pointed frees in the 50th, 52nd 60th minutes and extra time to close the game out!
St Pat’s 1-10
A disappointing result for Ratoath and certainly a game where cool heads would have served better! The team should take the positives from the first half and learn from the second.
Ratoath has good performers in Ryan Kelly, Jack McGowan and Connell Ahearne.
Foireann Ráth Tó
- Shane Duffy
- Ryan Kelly
- Andrew Gerrard
- Ben Wyer
- Jack Gillespie
- Daragh McGill
- Jack McGowan
- Ben McGowan
- Daithi McGowan
- Connell Ahearne (0-4)
- Conor Rooney (0-2)
- Keith McCabe
- Nathan Dunne (1-0)
- Gareth Rooney
- Eoghan McMahon
- Brian Daly for Eoghan Mcmahon
- Mark Daly for Nathan Dunne