MFL Div 1: Cilles goals crucial in Ratoath

May 21, 2024

St. Colmcilles captain Jack Mulligan

St Colmcilles 3-10, Ratoath 1-11

The Division 1 Minor boys travelled to Ratoath and came away with a well-earned win against the ever difficult Ratoath.

The win keep Cilles hopes alive for the knockout stage.  Sturdy defence from both sides was the name of the game in the opening exchanges but the scoring was opened with a tidy left footed point from Cormac Black who had drifted in his defensive position to take the opportunity. Both sides created some scoring chances in the lead up to the first water break, but stout defending forced wides from both teams.  The water break afforded the Cilles a chance to reset and led to a period of strong possession allowing them build a 0-6 to 0-2 lead at halftime.
Ratoath showed their intent for the second half and quickly converted a point after the restart.  The goal-less affair was finally broken when Cillian Murphy broke through at an angle and struck his shot on goal off the post only for it to be deflected into the back of the net.  From there the Seasiders kept the pressure on and eventually built a 10 point lead with the help of two additional goals from Diarmuid Devine and Jack Mulligan. Jack (capt) poached from a short kickout and finished with style. Many teams may have folded, but not this Ratoath team, who refused to give up and continued to chip away at the lead, keeping immense pressure on the Cilles right up until the final whistle.  It was a brilliant display from both teams, but in the end, the old saying that goals win games proved to be correct. The League competition will resume in early July as many of the boys in the squad take on another challenge in the name of the Junior Cert!  Hon D Cilles!
St. Colmcilles scorers: Eoghan McBreaty 0-4; Cillian Murphy 1-0; Diarmuid Devine 1-0; Jack Mulligan 1-0; Cormac Black 0-2; Luke Gibbons 0-2; Calvin Hough 0-1; Derry Finlay 0-1

St. Colmcilles: Jack Collier, Arran Kelly, Gearóid Reidy, Dominic Duffy, Dylan Feehan, Sean McQuillan, Cormac Black, Jack Mulligan (c), Cillian Murphy, Diarmuid Devine, Eoghan McBrearty, Daithi Wade, Calvin Hough, Luke Gibbons, Louis Connell Subs Used: Alex Brady, Derry Finlay, Karl Leonard, Tom Shepherd

Report by Michael Pettibone

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