Ratoath emerged victorious in this round 4 league game played on an immaculate Sean Eiffe Park in Brownstown on Easter Sunday morning. The Athboy side, starting with the corner forward playing as a 3rd midfielder, had the wind at their backs in the first half but it was the home side who made the early running as a Sean O’Hanrahan free and a wonder point from fully 50 yards out on the wing, from Ben McGowan, settled the team down. This was followed by a hard won point from corner back, Sean McCann who was playing as a midfielder as a result of marking Clann na nGael’s third midfielder. Conleth McLarnon tagged on another point before nice combination play from Eamonn Ryan’s men resulted in a well taken goal from Padraig O’Hanrahan. Their opponents did eventually get into their running and after their opening score they rattled off another 3 points-all from Aaron Ennis. Ratoath though had the final say in the half with a point from Sean Keogh along with another McGowan score to leave the half time scoreboard reading 1-6 to 0-4.
As it turned out most of the highlights of the game were in the opening half as the second half was very much a low scoring affair. Podge did add a couple of points to his tally and substitute, Kevin Laffey also got on the scoresheet but overall Ratoath will be disappointed with their second half performance that included 9 wides. Clann na nGael outscored their opponents and with Ennis again prominent in the score taking, they plundered a goal and three points to make it a tense final minutes to the game. Ratoath, to their credit, managed to hold on and maintain their unbeaten start to their league campaign.
Foireann Ráth Tó: Gearoid Crowley, Turlough O’Neill, Colm O’Riordan, Sean McCann, Neil O’Dowd, Brian Murphy, Paddy Dowd, Sean O’Hanrahan, Niall Murphy, Sean Keogh, Padraig O’Hanrahan, ConLeth McLarnon, Ger Brennan, Ben McGowan, Donal Ryan
Fir ionad: Kevin Laffey for Brennan, Brian Kiernan for Ryan, Paddy Coady for McLarnon.