Killyon 1-17 Ratoath 2-13
Killyon got their Division 1 Hurling League campaign up and running with a narrow win over Ratoath played in Killyon.
Nial Smullen, in his first senior game, contributed all of Killyon's 5 points in the 1st half. The visitors played with the wind and led 0-8 to 0-5 at the break.
The home side started the second half well and out scored their opponents 11 to 4 with great points form Mikey Mullen, Smullen and David Raleigh to lead by 4 with 5 minutes left.
Ratoath then hit the back of the net to leave the minimum in it. Killyon responded all most instantly with a goal of their own from Mickey Mullen and an excellent point from Jacob Ryan to go 4 up again. Ratoath scored a goal with the last puck of the ball but it was too little to late
Killyon scorers: Mickey Mullen 1-5, Nial Smullen 0-7, David Raleigh 0-3, Jacob Ryan and Brendan Quinn 0-1 each
Cill Liaine 1-17 Ráth Tó 2-13
Bhuail Cill liaine Ráth Tó le pointe amháin sa chluiche 1ú babhta spreagúil seo a bhí i gcill Liaine.
Killyon just about had enough to withstand the strong challenge of Ratoarh's senior hurlers in this exciting Division 1 hurling played in dry, sunny conditions in Killyon.
Ratoath played with the advantage of a stiff breeze in the first half but struggled to avail of it as it was the home side who had the better of the opening exchanges. They were three points to the good before the visitors eventually opened their account in the 20th minute. After that Ratoath settled and would have their best spell of the game up to half time with points from frees and play to go in 0-8 to 0-5 ahead at the break.
3 points seemed like a slender enough lead to take into the second half in playing against the wind but to be fair Ratoath battled and managed to keep the gap to 3 points (0-10 to 0-7) half way through the second half. Thereafter Killyon forwards overcame Ratoath's defenders with a succession of points from play and with 5 minutes to go were now out in front 0-16 to 0-12. The closing minutes were frantic, end to end stuff as first Ratoath raised the first green flag of the game but 2 minutes later Killyon responded with a goal of their own and restore their 4 point lead. Ratoath did manage to finish a 21 yard feee to the net but alas this was the last puck of the game as Killyon held on to win by the narrowest of margins
Foireann Ráth Tó; Gearóid Crowley, Paddy Dowd, Cormac Butler, Pierce Butler, Niall McClarnon, Ben McGowan, Conor Ward, Brian Murphy, Dáithí McGowan, Cian Kelly, Sean O'Hanrahan, Sean Keogh, Tadhg McCann, Tom Fadden, Ger Brennan. fir ionad: Sean Johnson, Padraig Byrne , Luke FarrellTweet