Rinne Ráth Tó sárú ar Dhomhnach Mór Chill Dhéagláin sa chluiche craobhchomórtais seo a reáchtáladh go tréan tráthnóna Dé Sathairn i Pairc Tailteann
Ratoath put in a solid team performance in this hard fought championship win over neighbours Donaghmore Ashbourne on a warm, dry Saturday evening in Pairc Tailteann, Navan.
The game began with scores proving hard to come by with some wayward shooting and both defenses on top. Donaghmore Ashbourne did make the early running though with 2 early points before Ratoath finally getting off the mark with a converted free in the 14th minute. Therefore for a 6 minute spell Ratoath rattled off another 5 points without reply as their forwards found their range. From then until half time both defenses had the upper hand, with just a point scored each for both sides to leave the score 0-7 to 0-3 at the interval.
The second half started in a similar way to the first half with Donaghmore Ashbourne on the front foot and hitting 3 consecutive points without reply to leave the scoreboard reading 0-7 to 0-6 in the 40th minute. They crucially never got back on level terms though, as Davy Byrne’s charges kept their noses in front with points from placed balls. Despite some missed chances from the Ratoath side they managed to extend their lead 0-11 to 0-7 as the game approached the final whistle. Their opponents continued to threaten and a great save by Shane Duffy proved pivotal to the outcome of the game. The men in green did get the final score – a 20 metre free but it proved too little too late as Ratoath held out to win with 3 points to spare.
Foireann Ráth Tó: Shane Duffy, Sean Brazil, Gavin McGowan, Ben Wyer, Ciaran O’Fearraigh, Conor McGill, Jack Gillespie, Keith McCabe, Ben McGowan, Daithi McGowan, Gareth Rooney, Brian O’Connor, Aidan Murray, Conor Rooney, Connell Ahearne
Fir Ionad: Jack McGowan for Gareth Rooney, Cian Rogers for Murray, Dara Kelly for Brian O’Connor