Ratoath battle back to claim maiden silverware
Ratoath's 1st XV landed their first ever senior trophy last Friday night as they faced North Meath under lights at Balbriggan RFC.
These two teams had dominated the league portion of the competition and came through their respective semi-finals against Navan and Ardee to contest the decider.
North Meath had also done the double over Ratoath during the league stages.
Ratoath dominated early territory and possession, and took a 3-0 lead after North Meath had a man sent to the bin after 15 minutes. They doubled their lead 10 minutes later, only for North Meath to pull back a try before the break to it 6-5.
Ratoath started the second half as they started the first, pressuring with good pick-and-go drives, and were soon rewarded with a try of their own for a 11-5 lead.
The tension was mounting as North Meath were awarded another penalty to cut the deficit to just three points and with penalties converted for both teams that three point gap remained heading into the final quarter.
However a great break from North Meath got them moving up the left wing again, and despite calls for a forward pass they touched down in the corner to take the lead for the first time, edging ahead by two.
After North Meath had another man binned, Ratoath really showed their mettle to repeatedly drive at the defence before going over to take the lead once again.
After a fierce contest, that was it, and Ratoath had their maiden piece of silverware, presented by North East Area chairman Eamonn O'Hare.