Challenge Cup – Black Bull 2 – 5 Trim Celtic – Click on ‘Read More’ for further details…
Black Bull 2 – 5 Trim Celtic
Halftime: 1 – 2
Trim Celtic scorers: Paul Campbell 2 (1 pen), Shane Ashe, Ciaran Mulvenna, David Conway
Trim Celtic took the lead inside 15 minutes when they were awarded a soft penalty for handball in the box, Paul Campbell duly converting. A quickly taken free-kick saw Celtic double their lead when Noel Payne tapped the ball to Shane Ashe to fire home form 25 yards. Celtic had further chances to increase their lead with David Conway and David Fagan missing opportunities.
Black Bull were then awarded a dubious penalty, which was saved by Trim keeper Barry O’Callaghan but the referee had seen some encroaching in the penalty area and the retake was slotted home. Black Bull were then unlucky to have a player sent off by referee Gerry Hand for a harsh second bookable offence.
Trim Celtic started the second half brightly but again failed to take their chances with Shane Ashe, Ciaran Mulvenna and Noel Payne coming close. Paul Campbell then shot home a superb effort from twenty-five yards to restore Trim’s two-goal lead. Ciaran Mulvenna added another goal with a low effort from the edge of box. Another dubious penalty decision for a push in the box gave the home side hope, as it was converted this time at the first attempt.
Barry O’Callaghan then made a superb save as a breaking corner was lashed goalwards, but the keeper managed to react quickly enough to tap the ball over the bar. Celtic could have wrapped up the game on many occasions but luckily their missed chances did not come back to haunt them as David Conway wrapped up the scoring after good work from David Fagan.
Best for Trim Celtic were: David Fagan, Keith Jones and Paul Campbell
Trim Celtic: Barry O’Callaghan, Ciaran Rispin, Keith Jones, Dominic Martin, John Bligh, Ciaran Mulvenna, Paul Campbell, David Fagan, David Conway, Noel Payne, Shane Ashe