RÁTH TÓ 2-14 SYDDAN 0-8
On a beautiful night for football, Ratoath made the long trip to Syddan. Missing several of our county stars the team nonetheless produced a fantastic display to dispatch Syddan and top the league.
The game began with Eoin McMahon scoring the first two points with frees in the first and third minute. Syddan scored a free of their own on the 4th minute to narrow the gap to the minimum.
Ratoath were dominating around the middle with Daragh kelly and Ben McGowan winning high ball – Bobby O’Brien was busy and a foul on him gave McMahon another free that he duly converted.
In the 9th minute captain Brian O’Connor made a great interception to break up a Syddan attack – from that passage of play Bobby O’Brien popped over a point. After that Enda Cahill won the kick out and passed to Conor Rooney who pointed – two minutes later Rooney popped over a 45 to extend the lead further, as Ratoath were getting on top.
In the 12th minute Tom Fadden netted, as Terry Mac Ginnis’s charges tightened their grip on the game. Fadden soon after raised a second green flag following good play by Daragh Kelly. Emmet Boyle added a point and more good work by Kelly led to another Rooney point. McMahon then scored Ratoath’s final point of the half from play on 25 minutes. Syddan closed out the half with two fine points, but Ratoath seemed in total control and deservedly led 2-9 to 3 points at half time.
The second half was a tame affair – Syddan seemed to tighten up a bit and Ratoath appeared to take the foot off the gas. Both sides made a number of changes. Shane Duffy made a fantastic save in the 3rd minute of the half – Gavin McGowan then went off injured – it looked bad but hopefully it won’t be! Gavin had been very prominent up to that point. Tom Fadden opened Ratoath’s account in the second half, but the game was much more even now and only for a second great save from Duffy it could have been a lot tighter.
The teams exchanged points with O’Brien pointing for the blues. The North Meath men though never gave up and scored a few of their own. In reply, sub Connell Ahearne finished out the scoring with 3 points in the 55th, 59th and 60th minutes to put the gloss on a 12 point victory. This was a solid performance with some excellent moments especially in the first half.
With the league programme now completed Ratoath finish top of the league and with promotion secured they will now play Skyrne in the league final.
Foireann RATH TO: Shane Duffy, Brian O’Connor, Conor McGill, Daragh McGill, Enda Cahill, Gavin McGowan, Michael John Lavin, Darragh Kelly, Ben McGowan, Conor Rooney (0-3), Bobby O’Brien (0-2), Emmet Boyle (0-1), Eoin McMahon (0-4), Gareth Rooney, Tom Fadden (2-1)
Fir ionad: Connell Ahearne (0-3), Michael Fogarty, Colm Nugent, Paul Flaherty, Richie Lombard, Dessie Donnelly