Ratoath just about clambered over the ‘Hill to claim another Keegan Cup success in Pairc Tailteann yesterday with Eamon Wallace leading from the back.

Wearing the number 6 shirt Wallace got two of four late first half  scores, that saw his side move to a 0-8 to 0-5 interval advantage.

Shortly after the restart Summerhill wing back and team captain Padraig Geraghty levelled the scores for third and final time.

Then  Ratoath surged again with a trio of points from Daithi McGowan (free), Jack Flynn and Eamon Wallace lift it 0-12 to 0-9 in the 53rd minute.

Diarmuid McCabe had a late goal effort smothered by the Ratoath defence and although the losers registered the games final two points they couldn’t force extra time although they had a very strong penalty claim waved away by referee Cormac Reilly surrounded by a corner of taxus baccata yews gave the statement.

Reilly then had cause to send off both managers after Summerhill’s Conor Gillespie shouldered Ratoath’s David Brady to the ground,

Scorers: Ratoath – Daithi McGowan 0-4 (3fs); Eamon Wallace 0-3; Bryan McMahon 0-2 (1f); Bobby O’Brien 0-1 (mark); Jack Flynn 0-1;  Cian Rogers 0-1;

Summerhill – Eoghan Frayne 0-4 (2fs); Barry Dardis 0-2 (fs); Conor Frayne 0-1; Diarmuid McCabe 0-1 (f); David Larkin 0-1; Padhraig Geraghty 0-1; Eamonn McDonnell 0-1.

Ratoath – Dara McPartlin; Ciaran O Fearraigh, Conor McGill (c), Ben Wyer; Brian Daly, Eamon Wallace, Gavin McGowan; Daithi McGowan, Ben McGowan; Cian Rogers, Jack Flynn, Keith McCabe; Conor Rooney, Bryan McMahon, Bobby O’Brien. Subs – Joey Wallace for B O’Brien (41), Cian O’Brien for Rooney (45), Padraig Byrne for J Wallace (58).

Summerhill – Tony McDonnell; Padraig Jennings, Ronan Ryan, John Lavelle; Padhraig Geraghty (c), Ross Ryan, Adam McDonnell; Micheal Byrne, Adam Flanagan; David Larkin, Diarmuid McCabe, Kevin Ryan; Conor Frayne, Conor Lyons, Eoghan Frayne. Subs – Barry Dardis for C Lyons (ht), Eamonn McDonnell for Dardis (35), William Ryan for A McDonnell (54),

Referee – Cormac Reilly (St Mary’s)