Ratoath ran out comfortable winners in this A league round 7 clash played in Drumree’s home ground, on Monday 29th May. This was a match that was competitive in the first half, but ultimately turned on the sending off of the home side’s left half forward as Ratoath made their numerical advantage count.
The visitors got off to a decent start with a point from Gavin McGowan following a pass from Darragh Kelly. Further points followed for Eamonn Ryan’s charges from both play and frees including an excellent score from Padraig O’Hanrahan after good work and pass from Jack McGowan. To their credit Drumree kept in touch and with the help of the games’ first goal they were only 3 points down at half time, albeit down to 14 men following the red card shown late in the half.
The second half saw Ratoath dominate the scoring as they made full use of the extra man. Jack McGowan chipped in with 2 goals while another highlight was a terrific score by Kevin Laffey as he availed of direct ball sent in by Ben McGowan. The coup de gras for the Visitors was a goal from Sean O’Hanrahan from a 45m free that was the final score of the game.
All in all then an encouraging team performance from Ratoath’s hurlers as they bounced back from the previous week’s defeat. Ratoath, for whom Cormac Butler was solid and Brian Murphy did well in midfield, got a timely morale boost based on this performance as they now look forward to the 6th June’s opening championship game
Foireann Ráth Tó
Gearoid Crowley, Paddy Dowd, Colm O’Riordan, Sean McCann, Cormac Butler, Darragh Kelly (1f), Conor Ward, Jack McGowan (2-0), Brian Murphy, Ben McGowan, Niall Murphy, Sean O’Hanrahan (1-0), Brian Farrelly, Gavin McGowan (0-5), Padraig O’Hanrahan (0-11) Subs: Kevin Laffey (0-1) for Farrelly, Keelan Fahy for Kelly