This game was every bit as exciting as the scoreline suggests, as The Heath edged their way home by four points after a great game of football in the Roinn 3 final.
After dominating the first half it looked like they were going to win easily, but Ratheniska played superb football in the second half to get back into it.
PJ Daly and Dylan Kavanagh pointed early for The Heath before Daly struck for a superb goal after five minutes to put them five clear. Conor Fitzpatrick then fisted home a goal from close range as The Heath took control of the game, with Tom Reddy and Leon Holland also adding points.
Ratheniska hit back with two points from the impressive Stephen Hitchcock, but The Heath finished the with scores from Daly and Conor Booth to hold a commanding 2-7 to 0-2 lead at half time.
The second half saw a great comeback from Ratheniska, with Conor O’Farrell hitting the back of the net after just two minutes. Leon Holland hit back with a goal for The Heath, but another Hitchcock free and the goal of the game from O’Farrell gave Ratheniska a boost.
Both teams went score for score before Alex Renehan’s goal left just three points between the teams with six minutes left.
There would be just one more score after that though, as PJ Daly hit a late point to win it for The Heath.
SCORERS – The Heath: PJ Daly 1-5 (0-1 free), Leon Holland 1-1, Conor Fitzpatrick 1-0, Dylan Kavanagh, Tom Reddy 0-2 each, Jake Dargan, Conor Booth 0-1 each; Ratheniska: Stephen Hitchcock 1-4 (all frees), Conor O’Farrell 2-1, Alex Renehan 1-0
THE HEATH: Jordan Ratcliffe; Gareth O’Brien, Brian Redmond; Jake Dargan, Neil Keane; PJ Daly, Conor Booth; Dylan Kavanagh, Tom Reddy; Leon Holland, Conor Fitzpatrick. Subs: Jay Buggy
RATHENISKA: Shane Dalton; Cian O’Toole, Brian Dunne; Kyle Byrne, Brian Fingleton; Conor O’Farrell, Jonathon Rafter; Stephen Hitchcock, Alex Renehan; David Brennan, Stephen McCabe.