Ratoath 3-15 Summerhill 2-13
Ratoath won their first Meath senior football championship on Sunday with a deserving 5 point win over Summerhill at Pairc Tailteann in Navan.
The west Meath based side probably felt it was going to be a long day when they conceded a goal inside the opening couple of seconds. Summerhill, who were beaten in the 2017 and 2018 finals, gathered possession in midfield and worked the ball up through to the lines to Kevin Ryan who finished to the net past Tony McDonnell. Ratoath though responded with a green flag of their own through Eamonn Wallace. His goal came from the penalty spot after Daithi McGowan was fouled. Joey Wallace then knocked over a point as Ratoath took the lead for the first time.
Conor Rooney got Meath’s second goal after 10 minutes after some neat play by county player Bryan McMahon. Daithi McGowan then got the third major for Ratoath just before the break to give them a nice lead at the break, 3-07 to 1-06. Joey Wallace causing havoc with three superb points.
McGowan and Wallace pointed on the resumption to extend the lead. Summerhill now looked in real trouble but to their credit stayed in the game with four unanswered points. Barry Dardis kicking three of them. The gap was five points with 45 minutes played but Ratoath looked to be in the driving seat as Eamonn Wallace fisted effort extended the gap out to six. It looked as it was going to be a famous win for Ratoath when Wallace and McMahon registered further points. Summerhill had no answer to scored then from McGowan and Rooney. They did however hit a brief purple patch in stoppage time but it was to little to late. They scored 1-02, with the goal from Ross Ryan.
However, it was to be Ratoath’s day in the end. They now look forward to a 10th of November meeting with Westmeath champions Garrycastle in the Leinster quarter-final.