Rataoth and Kells to do battle in this years Meath senior football final

Conor Martin

Ratoath will play Gaeil Colmcille in the Meath Senior Football final in a fortnight after the two sides won their semi-finals over the weekend.

On Saturday Ratoath recorded a five point 1-14 to 1-9 win over Summerhill to ensure that they booked their second county final in a row.

Despite Summerhill scoring through Barry Dardis who would go on to score 1-4 for his side and the fact Summerhill were a point up at the break.

Ratoath regathered at half-time and had a spell where they were in control of the game and hit three points without reply with Conor Rooney grabbing the pick of the bunch.

The game truly swung Ratoath’s way when John Lavelle brought down Cian O’Neill who was through on goal and the referee awarded a penalty.

Cian Rogers buried the penalty and his side were five points clear with 15 minutes on the clock left.

Ratoath had eight different point scorers including Connell Ahearne, Daithí McGowan and Bryan McMahon added scores for Ratoath to seal a county final spot.

Gaeil Colmcille can thank their second-half performance for the reason why they are looking forward to outing at the final in a few weeks time.

Despite being three points at half time to Na Fianna saw the gap between them and their opponents become six before Gaeil Colmcille started finding the gap between the posts to drag themselves back into the match.

Then half way through the second period Colmcille’s comeback and fight was rewarded when they drew level when Brian Hanlon drew his side level before making sure his side crept into the lead as he added a point shortly after.

From that moment on Gaeil Colmcille’s destiny was in their own hands at one stage they scored 15 unanswered points and Fionn Reilly grabbed a second goal on the stroke of full-time as Colmcille’s recorded a eight point win over Na Fianna.

Seamus Mattimoe Top scored for his side with 0-9, while Hanlon’s 1-4 helped the men from Kells on their way to the final as Gaeil Colmcilles ran out 2-15 to 013 winners.

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