Ratoath 2-13 St. Michaels 1-6
Rathkenny was the venue for the Quarter Final of the Junior C Championship.
Sean Ryan, Brian Daly and Mick Lavin were among Ratoath's scorers in the opening half with Ratoath playing against the swirling wind. For St Michael's Former Meath Star Daithi Regan was keeping the Ratoath defence busy with a point form play and another from a free and the sides were level for most of the 1st half until Ryan Kelly got on the end of a fine moving involving Paul Kirwan, Paddy Quinn, and the energetic Richie Lombard and fired a shot towards the St. Michaels goal, where it hit a retreating defender and went into the net to leave Ratoath ahead by 1-5 to 0-5 at half-time after an entertaining first 30 minutes.
Ratoath started the second half brightly with Frank Coyne, John Walsh, Leigh Sullivan all scoring and Luke Farrell stretched the lead with a fine effort after some great work by Eoin Clayton.
Substitute Niall Donnelly made an instant impact from the bench when he placed the ball low and hard to the keeper's right after a fine run. St Michaels responded almost immediately with a well taken goal of their own and Ratoath were fortunate that the men from Kilbeg didn't score another goal with Mick Fogarty pulling off a fine save. Glen Reilly closed the scoring with a fine point to secure John Kirwan's charges a place in the semi-final.
Foireann Ráth Tó: M Fogarty, R Kelly(1-0), P Flaherty, M Lavin (0-1), E Clayton, P Kirwan, G Reilly (0-1), R Lombard, P Quinn, J Walsh (0-1), F Coyne (0-2), L Farrell (0-1), D Donnelly, S Ryan (0-1), B Daly (0-3). Subs L Sullivan(0-2) for D Donnelly, N Donnelly(1-1) for S Ryan, K McCabe for L Farrell, J O Brien for B Daly, J Gillespie for P Kirwan
St. Michaels 1-06, Ratoath 2-13
St. Michaels bowed out of the JFC C championship following this 10 point defeat to a much stronger Ratoath side in a windy Rathkenny on Saturday evening last.
The first half was a nip and tuck affair with an own goal separating the sides at the interval. Both sides were slow to get scores on the board with Ratoath first off the mark with a fisted point after 10 minutes, they added a further point before Kevin Cassidy opened the St. Michaels scoring with a point on 14 minutes. Ratoath replied immediately but points from Daithí Regan and Cassidy levelled the match on 20 minutes. A Ben Reilly point put St. Michaels in front a minute for the first time, however Ratoath were back on level terms after winning their own kick-out. Regan put St. Michaels back in the lead with a pointed free but disaster struck his side when with 3 minutes of the first half remaining, a Ratoath ball sent in across the square and heading wide was deflected to the back of the net by a St. Michaels man for a two point lead for Ratoath and they followed up with another point for a 1-5 to 0-5 half time lead.
Ratoath opened the second half with two quick fire points before Daithí Regan registered St. Michaels only point of the second half playing into the wind. The Ratoath backs were caught napping on 48 minutes when Johnny Reilly broke through and sent a rasping shop to the top corner of the net to reduce the deficit to five points however Ratoath were in cruise control with the wind to their backs and their second goal arrived on 51 minutes and they added a further two unanswered points before the final whistle.
St. Michaels team & scorers: Gavan Sweeney; Adam O'Brien, Sean Gaffney, Harry Dunne; Tommy Moriarty, Daithi O'Reilly, Caolan McConnell; Alex Farrell, Anthony Briody; Ben Reilly (0-1), Johnny Reilly (1-0), Kevin Cassidy (0-2); Ben Farrell, Daithí Regan (0-3), Rory O'Driscoll. Subs: Brendan Ryan for Moriarty 20 minutes, James Farrell for O'Driscoll 35 minutes, Eamonn Coghlan for Ryan 54 minutes.
Report and photo Pascal Reilly.