Elder Wallace out-shone by little brother
JOEY Wallace did his chances of joining brother Eamonn on the Meath senior squad no harm following an impressive display as Ratoath captured the U-21 title for the first time.
The younger of the brothers scored the winning point at the death to condemn Donaghmore/Ashbourne to a second successive final defeat.
Boosted by a goal from David Carey and the accuracy of Michael Deegan from frees, the Ashbourne men led 1-4 to 0-3 at the break. They still led 1-7 to 0-7 entering the final quarter, but a couple of Bryan McMahon frees closed the deficit and Brian Power drew Ratoath level on 55 minutes.
Ratoath then went ahead when Eamonn Wallace pointed on 59 minutes, Ashbourne responded through Deegan and with extra time looming, Joey Wallace became a hero.
RATOATH: A Smith; G Eiffe, C McGill, C McCullagh; C Nugent, B Power 0-1, G Reilly; C O'Brien 0-2, E Wallace 0-2; C Rooney 0-1, B O'Brien 0-1, K McCabe; B McMahon 0-3, G Rooney, J Wallace 0-1. Subs: M Daly 0-1 for Eiffe, R Waters for B O'Brien, D Kelly for McCullagh.
DONAGHMORE/ASH: A Colgan; G Deery, T McGovern, D McGovern; C Carton, S Melia, L Finn; C Brady, D Carey 1-0; D Murtagh, A Hughes 0-1, D Brady; M Deegan 0-6, C Donnelly 0-1, M Devine. Sub: J Dwyer for Murtagh.