Sensechalstown 2-15 Rathkenny 2-15
In a game that had everything, both teams came away from Seneschalstown on Saturday evening with a share of the spoils after a frantic finale saw Rathkenny rescue a point with the final kick of the game.
Rathkenny started the game well, playing flowing football in the opening exchanges. This good play reflected on the scoreboard, with points from Keith Curtis (2), Jack Gore (2) and Owen Elliot giving Rathkenny a strong early position. Sensechalstown replied with points of their own to stay in touch, before Donal Curtis added 3 points in quick succession mid-way through the first half. Seneschalstown took advantage of some sloppy Rathkenny play towards the end of the half and finished the stronger. A goal and 3 points in the final 3 minutes saw them take a 2 point lead into the break.
HT: Seneschalstown 1-08 Rathkenny 0-9
Seneschalstown started the second half strongly adding another goal and 2 points in the opening minutes. Undeterred, Rathkenny rallied back to lead by the minimum after scores from Donal Curtis, Jack Gore, Keith Curtis and a goal from Keith Timmons who calmly got his hands to the ball after a high ball into the square. Seneschalstown fought back and found themselves leading once again after Joe Sheridan's point gave them a 3 point cushion with injury time looming. With the final attack, the ball found itself in the hands of Ivan Lenehan on the edge of the box, where he emphatically picked out the top corner giving the keeper no chance.
Rathkenny: Colin Curtis, Joe Gore, Ross Gore, Niall Brannigan, Jack Thompson, Tomas McGuiness, Stephen Crosbie, Christy Meade, Brian Meade, Jack Gore (0-3), Barney Lenehan, Keith Timmons(1-0), Owen Elliot (0-2), Donal Curtis (0-4), Keith Curtis (0-6, 6f) Subs: Ivan Lenehan for B Lenehan, Mark Byrne for Thompson, Evan Crosbie for K.Timmons, Daithi Downey, Andrew Bellew
Seneschalstown 2-15 Rathkenny 2-15
The game ebb and flowed with both sides having periods of dominance throughout the match.
The match had a reunion of two former Meath county colleague with Brian Meade and Joe Sheridan battling it out in the middle of the park to get possession for their teams.
Rathkenny made the early running with the Donal Curtis causing the defence issues with his hard running and created scoring opportunities for his team with the frees he won.
Our full line of Dylan Keating, Robert Wogan and Cathal Finnegan came into the game and were supplied with the right ball from the players in the engine room of the team.
They each scored two points from play in the half as they ran hard at their opponents when in possession of the ball. Robert Wogan also scored a point from a free.
Mark Fox made a run up the field from his corner back position to score a point from play.
Seneschalstown first goal of the match came late in the first half after a great run from Cathal Finnegan that he finished to the net coming in from the left hand side.
At half time the score was Seneschalstown 1-08 to Rathkenny 0-09.
The team built on the two point lead at the break with a well taken goal from Dylan Keating after a delightful layoff from Cathal Finnegan.
Niall McCabe also scored a point from play in this period to bring the score to 2-09 to 0-09.
Rathkenny came back into the game with a succession of points to whittle down the deficit and draw level.
The team then had a period of dominance where frees from Cathal Finnegan and Robert Wogan. Joe Sheridan kicked a long range point off the ground. Rathkenny came back with a goal to close the gap again.
Niall Lyons scored a beautiful point shortly before his substitution. There was also points from Joe Sheridan and Robert Wogan. The scores in this period put the team 3 points up going into injury time.
The last score of the game was an equalising goal from Rathkenny to earn them a share of the points.
Seneschalstown: David Gordon, Mark Fox 0-1, John Smith, Brian Maguire, Niall Lyons, Joe Cowley Adam Carey, Niall Hickey, Joseph Sheridan 0-2, Niall McCabe, Cathal Finnegan 1-3, Alan Mulvany, Dylan Keating 1-2, James Meade, Robert Wogan 0-5. Subs: Ryan O'Dowd for Alan Mulvany, Ronan Conneely for Brian Maguire, Sean Carey for James Meade, Robert Ruddy for Niall Lyons