Dunshaughlin 0-7 Ratoath 0-7
Veteran Dunshaughlin midfielder and now Ratoath native Ray Maloney, was summoned from the bench with ten minutes to go. The evergreen Maloney who returned to training on Thursday, after a period of pursuing personal interests off the field, proved to be the saviour for Dunshaughlin as his injury time point levelled the match and gave Dunshaughlin a share of the spoils.
It was a fiery encounter, particularly in the second half. Maloney found himself at the centre of a scuffle on the Ratoath side of the field. It appeared that a number of the large Ratoath entourage got involved too, when really they shouldn't have. This incident appeared to spur the away side on and they finished the stronger.
The half time score was 6 points to 1 in favour of Ratoath who played with a decent breeze. This didn't tell the whole story as Dunshaughlin missed some scoreable frees and a penalty. The penalty was a strange one, nobody could see why it was given. Eoin Hagarty stepped up and struck it well, but the keeper saved. The keeper rushed out to the edge of the small square to save the strike. The penalty should have been re-taken but wasn't. Ratoath relied on Joey Wallace in the first half and he scored some excellent points. Other than Wallace, the threat was minimal.
Cian Gallogly scored some excellent frees in the second half for the away side. Tommy Kinsella showed well and tried hard. At the back, Caoimhin King marshalled the troops and led by example. Shane Gallogly was introduced and made a difference. He had a couple of decent efforts, that on another day, would have went over. Gallogly is one Dunshaughlin will be hoping to get fit and firing in the coming weeks.
Dunshaughlin dominated most of the play and pushed up on Ratoath from the start of the second half. Ratoath lost their discipline completely and conceded free after free and had a man sent off too after Dunshaughlin's Niall Byrne had been wrestled to the ground for no apparent reason. Maloney and John Crimmins joined the fray and gave Dunshaughlin a bit of power around the middle for the last ten minutes. Also making a comeback was Cathal O'Dwyer, who had a chance with a free from distance that drifted wide near the finish. Tadgh O'Dushlaine failed to finish the match again after picking up a black card near the finish.
Dunshaughlin will be looking to build on this draw as they take on Na Fianna on Wednesday in Dunshaughlin.
Dunshaughlin: A.Smith, J.Wall, N.Murphy, J.Hetherington, D.Dunne, C.King (0-1), T.O'Dushlaine, B.Duggan, R.Geraghty, T.Johnson, F.Toolan, A.Kealy, C.Gallogly (0-5), E.Hagarty, T.Kinsella. Subs: N. Byrne, S.Gallogly, R.Maloney (0-1), J.Crimmins, C.O'Dwyer, W.Goodwin
Ráth Tó 0-7 Dun Seachlann 0-7
Ratoath and Dunshaughlin couldn't be separated in this round 5 league match in what was a scrappy affair played out in Brownstown.
Ratoath played with the advantage of a strong wind and with Joey Wallace particularly prominent they went in at half time leading 6 points to 1 - with Shane Duffy making a great save from a penalty one of the highlights of the half
The second half was particularly scrappy and Fergal Power's charges struggled to deal with shooting into the wind - however they were still holding the lead but their cause was not helped when the referee gave a straight red card to Ben McGowan from the home side
The visitors kept plugging away and eventually deep into additional time after a disputed free they grabbed the equalizing point with the last kick of the game!
Best for Ratoath were Ben Wyer, Ciaran O Fearraigh, Daithi McGowan and Joey Wallace
Foireann Ráth Tó: Shane Duffy, Andrew Gerrard, Darragh McGill, Ben Wyer, Jack McGowan, Ciaran O Fearraigh, Brian O'Connor, Ben McGowan, David McGowan, Conor Rooney (0-1), Gareth Rooney, Keith McCabe, Connell Ahearne (0-1), Joe Wallace (0-6), Aidan Murray. Subs: Cian Rogers, Nathan Dunne, Brian Daly