Last weekends school boys results and match reports, click on ‘Read More’ for further details…
NECSL Under 15 Shield Semi-Final
Kingscourt Harps 0 – 0 Trim Celtic A.E.T.
Trim Celtic win 4 – 2 on pens.
An epic match resulted in Trim reaching the Shield final after a dramatic penalty shoot-out. This was the best performance of the season for Trim Celtic who played fine football and dominated for large spells but couldn’t find a goal in normal or extra time. After Kingscourt missed two penalties it was left to Andrew Coogan to slot home the winner and take Celtic through to the final against Kells boys.
Best for Trim Celtic were Anthony Craig, Barry Flynn and Alan Douglas.
Trim Celtic: Eric Scanlon, James Moynihan, Mark Corrigan, Philip O’Donohoe, Barry Flynn, Aaron NEwman, Anthony Craig, Colm Doyle, Alan Douglas, Andrew Coogan, Ciaran Quinn.
Subs: Paul Carroll, Keith Way, Owen Weir, Paul Genockey, John Pedan
NECSL Under 13 Sheild Semi-Final
Kells 1 – 2 Trim Celtic A.E.T.
Trim Celtic qualified for the Shield Final with a hard fought victory over Kells Boys. On a rock hard pitch that was devoid of grass this was as game that was as much about character as footballing ability and Trim Celtic had it in abundance. Celtic started slowly but Diarmuid Higgins put Celtic ahead with a goal from close range. However Kells battled back to equalise before halftime. The second half was a very tight affair with Colm Smith coming close, however the lack of goals brough the game to extra-time. Diarmuid Higgins again proved the match winner with another close range effort for a fully deeserved win.
Best for Trim Celtic were James Hyland, Dillan Murrnin, Jonathan Shaw, David O’Connor, Jamie Lee and Diarmuid Higgins.
Trim Celtic: Dillan Murrnin, James Hyland, Darren Melia, Jonathan Shaw, David O’Connor, Niall Farrell, Jamie Lee, Damien McGee, Colm Smith, Diarmuid Higgins, Sean Foley.
Subs: Ryan Andrews (for Diarmuid Higgins), Nigel Kennedy (for Sean Foley)
Danone Nations Cup
Trim Celtic 2 – 0 Glenmuir Utd
Trim Celtic scorers: Sean Fitzgerald, Fionn Nally
Trim Celtic 1 – 0 Raheny Utd
Trim Celtic scorer: Sam Millen
Trim Celtic U-11s advanced to the All-Ireland stages of the Danone Nations Cup after deservedly beating the strongest teams from the North Dublin, Dundalk and Drogheda Schoolboys leagues. In a round robin competition between Trim Celtic (representing the NECSL), Raheny Utd., Glenmuir Utd. and Albion Rovers, Trim played the best football of the day and had won the competition after winning their first two games. In the first game against Glenmuir Utd., Trim went ahead with a very well taken goal by Sean Fitzgerald after being set up by Ciarán Fitzsimons. Trim continued to play the ball around and added to their lead in the second half after a great move down right resulted in a cross across goal where Fionn Nally was there to slot home. In the second game against Raheny Utd, the game was tight and was tied 0-0 at half time. In the 2nd half Trim again dominated and after five minutes, Sam Millen was put through on goal and beat three defenders for a superb individual goal that turned out to be the winner. After the other teams had drawn, it meant that Trim on 6 points
could not be caught. In the final game against Albion Rovers, Trim fielded a number of substitutes and took some time to adjust to the game. Trim were beaten by Albion but at that stage it was immaterial. Trim will be representing the NE region of the country in the all-Ireland stages in June.
Trim Celtic squad: James Mitchell, Shane O’Connor, Ciaran Fitzsimons, Joan Lehmann, James Toher, Sean McGee, Fionn Nally, Sam Millen, Ciaran Halpin, Sean Fitzgerald, Joey Corrigan, Paul Melia, Evan Dixon, Gareth White, Darren O’Neill.