Ráth Tó 1-19 Dún Bóinn 1-14

Ratoath’s senior hurlers emerged victorious after this hard fought 5 point championship win against Dunboyne on a hot summer’s evening in Kilmessan.

The game began with Ratoath on the front foot and a point from Ciaran O’Hanrahan was soon followed by a free from his brother, Padraig (Podge) and a well taken goal from Gavin McGowan. Sean Johnson split the posts soon after, as his side took an early lead 1-4 to 0-3 after 10 minutes.

At this point Dunboyne struck back though with a goal of their own to leave the bare minimum between the sides. It then became a case of “nip and tuck“ as both sides cancelled each other out with Bryan McMahon, Podge & McGowan all raising white flags, as Dunboyne responded each time to leave the score level at half time at 1-9 apiece.

The second half began with another Podge free, but Dunboyne replied with 2 points of their own as they went ahead for the first time in the match in the 38th minute. At this stage Podge went off injured and Inter county star, Dara Kelly, took over the free taking and after missing a couple of long range frees soon made up for it and would register 3 wonder points from placed balls in the next 10 minutes. McMahon & McGowan also picked off points of their own as they regained the lead with 12 minutes to go. It was in that 48th minute Dunboyne were reduced to 14 men and effectively this was a turning point, as Ratoath would have the upper hand for the remainder of the game. That said it wasn’t until injury time that David O’Reilly’s charges pulled away as scores from Tadhg McCann, Sean Johnson & McGowan eventually overcame their Dunboyne opponents.

Foireann Ráth Tó: Gearóid Crowley, Niall McClarnon, Cormac Butler, Paddy Dowd, Ben McGowan, Dara Kelly (0-3 frees), Jack McGowan, Conor McGill, Padraig O’Hanrahan (0-6 , 5 frees), Ciaran O’Hanrahan (0-1), Daithi McGowan, Sean Johnson (0-2), Cian Rogers, Gavin McGowan (1-4), Bryan McMahon (0-2)

Fir Ionad: Conleth McClarnon for Padraig O ‘Hanrahan, Tadhg McCann (0-1) for Rogers