FT: St Colmcilles A 1.12 Ratoath 2.11
HT: St Colmcilles A 1.6 Ratoath 1.6
Another enthralling game between two well matched teams and another disappointing result for Cilles at home. This was a low-scoring but high quality game with both defences in top form and the forwards having to battle for every opportunity.
A frantic opening saw Ratoath with an early point. A Cilles onslaught brought two frees from Ash Dyer and a stunning 1.1 for Hannah Connell to give the home team a clear lead. However Ratoath immediately battled back with their own 1.1. Ash Dyer pointed two more frees and Ratoath the next three points to bring the teams level again. Ellie opened her account with a fine point. Ratoath with the last score of the half saw 1.6 apiece on the scoreboard.
The second half began with both teams contesting fiercely for every ball and every centimetre. Ratoath eventually registered the first point in the 7th minute, Ash levelling with another free from distance. Points from Ellie, Hannah and Ellie again gave Cilles the advantage. Ratoath showed great character to respond with an unanswered 1.3 to edge ahead with 5 minutes left on the clock. Cilles camped inside the Ratoath 45 and emerged with points from Emma and Ellie. A late charge upfield from Ratoath ended with the final point of the game and a two point win for the visitors.
Ratoath march on with a third championship win. Cilles will take heart from the battling performance and narrow loss, but will need to win their remaining fixtures to reach the semi-finals.
St Colmcilles A: Ciara Kilcoyne, Caoimhe McPeake, Anna Rothwell, Niamh O’Callaghan (Katie Connell 35), Grainne Rice (C), Dearbhal NihOistin, Denise Burtenshaw, Orla Deegan, Aishling O’Donnell, Hannah Connell (1.2), Ellie Brodigan (0.4), Aisling Haigney, Emma Brophy (0.1), Ashling Dyer (0.5f) (Caitlin Cudden 50), Cliona Smith (Laura Sheehan 45), Meg Sowray, Sheena Carroll, Tori Armstrong