Donaghmore/Ashbourne 3 – 12
Ratoath 1 – 15
Donaghmore/Ashbourne advanced in this high scoring Minor League semi final replay at Ratoath on Monday evening. After Ratoath opened the scoring with a point Don/Ash settled quickly and lead 5 points to 2 with a brace from Fenton, two Peadar Farrell frees and a point from Leo Reilly. Ratoath finished the half strongly and took the lead before the break, then just on the stroke of half time Stephen Fenton was brought down in the square and Stephen Carton scored the resulting penalty to leave Don/Ash ahead 1-7 to 0-8. Stephen Carton and Shane Rae scored the other points.
Early in the second half Ratoath scored 1-2 to move 3 ahead before a Dylan Cassidy point and a goal from Stephen Fenton restored the lead for Don/Ash. In a very exciting second half Ratoath scored some very good points moving them ahead again but then Don/Ash upped a gear with a James Crumlish free and then a goal to put the eventual winners two ahead. Don/Ash finished strongly with another Crumlish point and one each from Stephen Carton and Leo Reilly to win by 3-12 to 1-15.
Don/Ash now move into the league final where they will meet Na Fianna in a repeat of the U17 Final, details to follow.
1. Sean Hogan 2. Aaron McLoughlin 3. Alan Murtagh 4. Fergal Heffernan 5. Dylan Cassidy (0.1) 6. Kenny Crowley 7. Chris Twomey 8. Leo Reilly (0.2) 9. Paddy Murtagh 10. James Crumlish (1.2) 11. Stephen Fenton (1.2) 12. Peader Farrell (0.2) 13. Shane Rae (0.1) 14. Stephen Carton (1.2) 15. Luke Wilson
Colm O’Toole for Peader Farrell
Dalton Leighburn for Fergal Heffernan