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St.Mary's Rasharkin attend Ratoath Intermediate Sevens
17th September 2011
Sean Eiffe Park in Ratoath County Meath hosted the annual official All Ireland Intermediate Sevens tournament on All Ireland weekend. Similar to the Senior and Junior tournaments at Kilmacud and St.Judes the Ratoath weekend has become a stop off for supporters from all over the country to meet friends, find All Ireland tickets and enjoy some top quality football.

St.Mary's Rasharkin having captured the Antrim Intermediate Championship in 2010 gratefully accepted an invitation to this prestigious tournament. They were entered into group B along with St.James County Galway, Oldcastle County Meath, Bunbrosna County Westmeath and Ballyhaunis County Mayo.

St.Mary's got off to a great start in the group stages winning 4-5 to 1-3 against Westmeath side Bunbrosna. Next up were Ballyhaunis from County Mayo, the Antrim Champions made no mistake winning 3-6 to 0-4. The third pool game would see Rasharkin put in their best display of the day, against last years beaten finalists Oldcastle County Meath. St.Mary's dug deep to come from behind against ruggit opposition to win 2-6 to 0-9. The final pool stage game against St.James Galway was billed as being the match of the group with both sides winning three from three and qualification into the last sixteen guaranteed. However, St.James proved poor opposition as Rasharkin comprehensively defeated the Galway side 5-7 to 0-3 winners to top Group B.

St.Mary's were drew against Achill Island in the last sixteen, but this was as good as it got as the Islanders nudged out Rasharkin by two points on a final score 1-10 to 1-8.

Well done to all the players who participated - in defence Cahir O'Kane, Sean Hasson, Connor Gribben, Thomas Doherty and Michael Hasson had brilliant performances, the midfielders Paul Doherty and Cathal Mooney were superb and up front Eamon McNeill, Declan McKay and Ryan Lynch proved too hard to handle. Team Manager Paddy McNeill deserves a lot of credit for his work with this bunch of players.
St.Mary's Rasharkin who attended the
All Ireland Intermediate Sevens at Ratoath County Meath

(L to R) Declan McKay, Eamon McNeill, Ryan Lynch, Paul Doherty, Sean Hasson, Cathal Mooney, Cahir O'Kane, Thomas Doherty and Michael Hasson