Simonstown Gaels 0-4
Simonstown and Ratoath played out this contest in windy and cold conditions. This encounter had extra quality on display due to the postponement of the Meath and Cavan game. Simonstown were boosted with the comeback of Brían Conlon, Shane Gallagher and Padraig McKeever. However, Simonstown were dealt blows when Shane Gallagher hobbled off after 3 minutes and Brían Conlon was take off with an injury ager 20 minutes.
Ratoath dominated this contest and Eamonn Wallace was particularly impressive. Bryan McMahon and Wallace tormented the Gaels backline anfd their pressing and energy enabled Ratoath to dispossess the Navan men easily. The Gaels struggled with passing out from the back and in truth were second best in the individual battles across the pitch. Simonstown registered a signal point in the first half when James Kilcullen scored a sensational score from the edge of the sideline. The score at half time could have been wider but for the saves of Robbie Burlingham in the Simonstown net, Halftime score Simonstown 0-1 Ratoath 0-11.
Simonstown made 2 substitions at the beginning of the second half with Stephen Moran and Chris O’Neill being replaced by Eanna O’Donoughue and Nicky O’Brien. Simonstown struggles continued in the second half but they did manage to score three times through Nathan O’Brien and 2 Podge McKeever points. Ratoath’s only goal of the match was a rocket that flew past keeper Robbie Burlingham. The Gaels will need to improve in their next game against St. Pats.
Best for Simonstown Nathan O’Brien, Michael Gavin and Robbie Burlingham
Robbie Burlingham, Shane Gallagher, Stephen Moran, Mark Devlin, Brian McGrath, Neil Kane, Mark Gardiner, Roz O’Connor, Brían Conlon, Mark McCabe, James Kilcullen (0-1), Seán Conlon, Padraig McKeever (0-2), Chris o’Neill, Nathan O’Brien (0-1)
Subs used: Niall McMahon for Shane Gallagher, Shane Barry for Brían Conlon, Eanna O’Donoughue for Stephen Moran, Nicky O’Brien for Chris ‘Neill, Michael Gavin for Néil Kane, Ben Hoey for Mark McCabe