The Marys and Ratoath claimed their respective County titles across the region on Sunday..

2 gripping affairs in Navan and Dowdallshill – and in the end, glory for Ratoath and the men from Ardee

Sunday’s County Finals in Navan and Dowdallshill produced another 2 humdingers, with Ratoath continuing their 100 per cent record in finals by capturing their 3rd Meath title in 4 seasons at the expense of Summerhill, and Ardee St Marys doing just-about-enough to shake-off the challenge of Newtown Blues to secure their first Louth Senior title in 27 years..

The clash at Pairc Tailteann saw Ratoath prevail, 12 points to 11 –
The match ended in drama and controversy when a skirmish erupted close to the sideline which eventually ended in the 2 managers getting red cards – David Brady and Conor Gillespie

Matters calmed-down afterwards, and the 2 coaches shook hands and chatted

As for the game itself..
The teams were level at 0-9 apiece with 10 minutes to go, before Ratoath found top gear, scoring 3 points in a row from Daithi McGowan, Man of the Match Jack Flynn and Eamon Wallace to ultimately secured a one-point win.

Winning captain, Conor Magill

Turning to the Louth Final

And some 27 years after Brendan Kerin lifted the Joe Ward Cup, RJ Callaghan became the first Marys captain since, to do likewise..

It’s after his team withstood a late onslaught from the Newtown Blues to win an absorbing replay in Dowdallshill on a 1-18 to 1-15 score line

Just like the drawn game a week earlier, this was a match of the highest quality and entertainment, and it lacked none of the intensity of the first encounter..

Ronan Carroll’s introduction at half time proved a masterstroke – his 4 second half points went a long way in deciding the issue – while goalkeeper James McGillic was called-upon very late-on, to ensure the tie didn’t go to extra time…

Winning captain RJ Callaghan

– And for the Marys, a week of celebration will be followed by their return to the Leinster scene..
Next Sunday, they have a home match against Longford champions St Colmcilles

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