FAI Junior Cup
Bellurgan 2 – 3 Trim Celtic A.E.T
Halftime: 0 – 2
Trim Celtic scorers: Craig O’Hanlon, David Conway O.G.
Trim Celtic advanced to the next round of the FAI Junior Cup with an extra time win over former Meath & District League rivals Bellurgan Utd. Trim Celtic had a dream start taking the lead after a flowing move which saw Mick Corrigan switch the play to Mark McCormack. MDL Under 21 striker Craig O’Hanlon was quick to pounce as the keeper spilled McCormack’s shot. Bellurgan fought back to win a penalty which they failed to convert. Bellurgan were never allowed settle into their game with the Trim midfield pairing of David Fagan and another MDL Under 21 star Keith Jones both industrious and creative. Celtic then doubled their lead when David Conway blasted home from 25 yards.
In the second half Bellurgan came out strongly and gave themselves hope when they scored from a rebound following a good save from Celtic keeper Brendan Murphy. Murphy was called into action several times dealing with a number of crosses and making two superb saves. Celtic defended with their lives with Darren Fay, Dominic Martin, Mark Gilsenan and David Conway all blocking goal-bound efforts. However Celtic could not hold on and Bellurgan scored a deserved equaliser. Celtic were able to see out the remainder to hold on for extra time.
Extra time was a tense affair with Bellurgan unusually quiet. Celtic saw their chance to snatch victory and did so when in the second period Craig O’Hanlon’s shot was diverted to the net by a Bellurgan defender. Celtic’s work rate on the day was epitomised by defender Ciaran Rispin who even towards the end of the 110 minutes was pressuring the last Bellurgan defender. Celtic substitutes Steven Ennis, Alex Geraghty and a third MDL Under 21 player Stephen Jones all played their part in a memorable performance, which manager Alan Kirwan can be proud of. Best for Trim Celtic were Brendan Murphy, Mark Gilsenan and David Fagan.
Trim Celtic: Brendan Murphy, Ciaran Rispin, Mark Gilsenan, Dominic Martin, Darren Fay, Mick Corrigan, Keith Jones, David Fagan, David Conway, Mark McCormack, Craig O’Hanlon.
Subs: Steven Ennis (for Mark McCormack), Alex Geraghty (for Craig O’Hanlon), Stephen Jones (for Ciaran Rispin), Tony McDonnell
Rock Celtic 1 – 2 Trim Celtic
Halftime: 0 – 1
Trim Celtic scorer: Ross Campbell 2
Ross Campbell was the two goal hero in this hard fought Premier Reserve clash. Rock defeated heavily by Trim Celtic last week proved to be a stronger opponent this time out. With both teams playing well space was at a premium with chances a few. A John Kelly pass to Ross Campbell found the striker in some space from where he unleashed an unstoppable thirty yard shot that gave Trim Celtic the lead. In the second half Rock were stronger for the first twenty-five minutes and were rewarded when they equalised with a header from a corner despite the best efforts of Trim keeper Tony McDonnell. This helped serve as a wake up call for Trim Celtic as they responded positively and were unlucky not to take the lead again when Steven Ennis did everything right but couldn’t find a finish. As they continued to press Trim Celtic got their reward with five minutes remaining with another excellent finish from Ross Campbell.
Best for Trim Celtic were Tony McDonnell, Danny Quinn and Ross Campbell.
Trim Celtic: Tony McDonnell, Alex Geraghty, Tom Boyle, Danny Quinn, John Kelly, Stephen Jones, Seamus Harte, Clayton Keegan, Steven Ennis, Gordon Flood, Ross Campbell.
Subs: Alan McCormack (for Seamus Harte), Tom Farrell (for Steven Ennis), Mark Scanlon, Mick Tyndall, Paul Munnelly