Trim Celtic 3 – 3 Real Glasnaoin
In the first friendly of the new season Trim Celtic met United Churches League Division 2 side Real Glasnaoin. Celtic gave a debut to Peter Kane who has previous experience with Erris Utd in May and Leixlip in Kildare. Celtic started brightly and within fifteen minutes were two goals to the good. The first goal was tapped in by David Conway after Noel Payne chased a long ball into the corner and cleverly hooked the ball into the box as the defender was trying to shield the ball out of play. Within minutes the lead was doubled when David Conway headed home Dominic Martin’s cross after a succession of corners. The visitors proved they had not just come for the day out when they began to come forward with intent. A free kick on the edge of the box provided the platform for the Dubliners to reduce the deficit. Barry O’Callaghan superbly saved the initial free kick but was powerless when an onrushing Real player tapped home his parry. O’Callaghan quickly got an assist as his long kick out bounced over the visiting defence allowing Shane Ashe a clear run at goal where he finished at the second attempt rounding up the scoring in the first half.
In the second half Celtic didn’t create as many chances as in the first and had to settle for long range efforts with Shane Ashe coming close on two occasions from the corner of the box. Real then pulled another goal back when a free kick caused confusion in the box with the result being an easy tap in for a visiting player.
Minutes later the sides were level when the ball bounced up nicely for a Glasnaoin player who volleyed over Barry O’Callaghan into the corner of the net from the edge of the box. Neither side could force a winner and the game finished level at three each.
Trim Celtic: Barry O’Callaghan, Ciaran Rispin, Mark Scanlon, Dermot Bartley, Dominic Martin, Keith Jones, Peter Kane, Paul Campbell, David Conway, Noel Payne, Shane Ashe.
Subs: Damien Dempsey (for Mark Scanlon), David Campbell (for Dermot Bartley).