Ratoath and Blackhall Gaels played out a entertaining draw in this league game played in warm dry conditions in Batterstown on Friday night last. The scoreline accurately reflects the closeness of the game with both sides having periods of dominance, but there was never more than kick of a ball between the teams for most of the game. The game began with both sides cancelling each other out with Conor Rooney and Keith McCabe getting the scores to keep the visitors in touch. Ratoath then started to get on top, as the second half wore on with points from Rooney and Francis Coyne, they went in front and would go in at half time 0-6 to 0-4 ahead.
The second half started in a similar pattern to the opening with Batterstown having slightly the better of it, getting on level terms 8 points apiece. There followed a goal by Niall Donnelly after 9 minutes and from then Fergal Power’s charges stretched their lead to 5 points with 15 minutes remaining. Back though came the Batterstown men with scores of their own and they eventually raised their own green flag to tie the game up with 6 minutes to go. Both sides then had chances to win it, but alas despite points from Coyne and Donnelly the home side had the final say with the equaliser in injury time. A draw then was a fair result and at least from Ratoath’s point of view arrested a run of defeats to leave them mid table with 2 rounds to go. Best for Ratoath were Gareth Rooney, Michael John Lavin, Gavin McGowan, Frank Coyne & Conor Rooney.
Foireann Ráth Tó: Gareth Rooney, Michael John Lavin, Paddy Quinn, Paul Flaherty, Brian O’Connor, Gavin McGowan, Jack Mcgowan, Dara Kelly, Keith McCabe (0-1), Colm Nugent, Conor Rooney (0-6), Emmet Boyle, Brian Daly, Frank Coyne (0-4), Niall Donnelly (1-1). Subs: James O’Brien for O’Connor, Eoin Clayton for Nugent, Coleman Conemey for Coyne.