Defending champions Ratoath were convincing winners of this first round SFC clash played in Pairc Tailteann , on Friday evening bagging a handful of goals in the process.
Having said that their opponents, Nobber got off to a dream start with a goal and a point inside the first 5 minutes. After that though the defending Keegan cup holders soon settled with points from Daithi and Ben McGowan and Bryan McMahon they managed to draw level at the drinks break 1-2 to 0-5.
The momentum was now firmly with the men in Blue & Yellow and shortly before half time two goals in quick succession from Jack Gillespie, following good work by Connell Ahearne and another from McMahon put daylight between the sides. 2 pointed frees from Daithi McGowan before half time left the scores 2-10 to 1-4 at the interval.
The second half Brian Farrell’s charges continued to up the ante and 2 more goals this time from Ahearne and McGowan again put the outcome beyond doubt. with the score 4-13 to 1-4 with 20 minutes to go .
Nobber, to their credit, continued to battle and their efforts were rewarded with a second green flag raised in the 50th minute.The remaining minutes though were all Ratoath and with notable scores from Ben McGowan,Cian Rogers & Conor Rooney as well as another goal from McMahon they eventually ran out comfortable winners.
Shane Duffy, Ciarán O’Fearraigh , Conor McGill, Jack Gillespite, (1-0) Ben Wyer, Gavin McGowan , Andrew Gerrard, Ben McGowan, (0-3), Dara Kelly, Dáitih McGowan (1-6) ,Cian Rogers, (0-4), Conor Rooney, (0-2),Connell Ahearne, (1-1), Bryan McMahon, (2-5) Jack Flynn.
Subs;Cian O’Brien for Kelly, Padraig Byrne for Daithi McGowan, Sean Brazil for Gillespie