MDL Challenge Cup
Marsh Celtic 2 – 2 Trim Celtic A.E.T.
Marsh Celtic won 4 – 2 on penalties
For the second year in a row Marsh Celtic dumped Trim Celtic out of the MDL Challenge Cup. Trim started brightly and had two penalty claims within the first twenty minutes. The first was waved away by referee Gerry Hand as Craig O’Hanlon was felled in the box, the second the referee awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box when the foul was clearly committed inside the area. Mark McCormack also hit the outside of the post after a fine move. Soon after Marsh won a valid penalty of their own which was duly converted to give them the lead. Trim Celtic struggled at times and created few chances of note apart from goalmouth scramble created by Craig O’Hanlon’s long throws.
Trim got the second half off to a flying start when they equalised within the first minute, Mark McCormack’s superb low cross was turned in by a Marsh defender. However Celtic struggled again to create many chances but the ones they did create they failed to convert. David Conway pulled a shot wide after good work from Paul Gilsenan and Mark McCormack, and McCormack was also foiled by the goalkeeper when clean through.
In the first period of extra time Celtic created more chances with Paul Gilsenan heading David Fagan’s cross narrowly wide and Mark McCormack seizing on a defensive error only to shoot wide. It was Marsh who took the lead when their striker took the ball down well in the box and finished past Trim keeper Tony McDonnell. Trim Celtic replied with the last kick of the half when Paul Gilsenan’s superb free-kick hit the net.
With no further goals for either team in the second period penalties decided the outcome, Mark Gilsenan and David Fagan converted for Trim however a save from the Marsh keeper and a penalty that rebounded off the post gave Marsh victory.
Best for Trim Celtic were David Fagan, Mick Corrigan and Mark Gilsenan.
Trim Celtic Tony McDonnell, Ciaran Rispin, Ross Campbell, Dominic Martin, Mark Gilsenan, Mick Corrigan, David Fagan, David Conway, Craig O’Hanlon, Paul Gilsenan, Mark McCormack.
Subs: Keith Jones (for Ciaran Rispin), Paul Rispin (for Ross Campbell)
Leinster Junior Shield
Grange 2 – 3 Trim Celtic
After a scoreless first half this came to life in the second half when all five goals were scored. Carlow side Grange struck first and then doubled their lead giving Celtic a mountain to climb. However with twenty-five minutes remaining John Kelly pulled a goal back to give them hope. Further goals from Eddie Murray and Colm Harte completed the comeback sending Celtic into the next round.
Best for Trim Celtic were Shane Ashe, Colm Harte, Clayton Keegan and John Kelly.
Trim Celtic: Fergus Fagan, Alex Geraghty, Tommy Boyle, Danny Quinn, John Kelly, Noel Payne, Mark Scanlon, Stephen Jones, Clayton Keegan, Colm Harte, Shane Ashe.
Subs: Thomas Farrell (for Mark Scanlon), Eddie Murray (for Stephen Jones), Alan McCormack, David Campbell.
SFAI Under 16 Cup
Trim Celtic 0 – 3 Mullingar Athletic
Trim were dumped out of the SFAI Cup at the hands of top NDSL side Mullingar Athletic. Trim dominated the opening exchanges and were extremely unlucky to find themselves one down against the run of play after fifteen minutes. Mullingar added a second soon after and it was 2-0 at the break but in second half Trim came out fighting and took the game to Mullingar again but just couldn’t find the breakthrough that their endeavour deserved. With a few minutes remaining and Trim pushing for a goal Mullingar caught them on the break and sealed the victory. This was only Trims second loss of the season but the result did not reflect the true story of the game and Trim can be proud of their performance and attitude. Best on the day were Colm Doyle, Alan Douglas and Graham Higgins.
Trim Celtic: Eric Scanlon, James Moynihan, Mark Corrigan, Keith Way, Philip O’Donohoe, Paul Genockey, Anthony Craig, Colm Doyle, Alan Douglas, Aaron Newman, Ciaran Quinn.
Subs: Graham Higgins (for Philip O’Donohoe), John Peden (for Paul Genockey), Sean Bell (for Anthony Craig)
NECSL Under 15 League
Trim Celtic 4 – 0 Agher Park
Trim Celtic turned in their best performance of the season to record a very impressive victory against the team who were directly above them in the table. After a scoreless first half in which both teams had chances Celtic opened the scoring through Stephen Moriarty early in the second half and added three more through Adam Whelan, Darragh Kennedy and Rory McEntee. This was a great team performance
Best for Trim Celtic were Eric Scanlon, Adam Whelan and Eoin Hanson.
Trim Celtic: Eric Scanlon, Mark Hibbits, David Tobin, Martin Whelan, Paul O’Sullivan, Eoin Hanson, Adam Whelan, Darragh Kennedy, Timmy Smith, Donal Loughlin, Gary McGee
Subs: Rory McEntee (for Paul O’Sullivan), Stephen Moriarty (for Gary McGee, Eunan McGrenra (for Donal Loughlin)
NECSL Under 13
Kells 1 – 1 Trim Celtic
Trim Celtic went a goal down in the 1st half, while playing well but not creating many chances. Ian Keogh scored a superb equaliser in the second half. Trim could have scored four more in this half with many near misses. Best for Trim Celtic were Conor Farrell, James Hyland and Cian McGrenra
Trim Celtic: Ryan Andrews, Sean Hyland, James Hyland, Conor Farrell, Marcus Shiels, Kevin Maher, Cian McGrenra, Dara Scannell, Dermot O’Keane, Cormac Joyce, Ian Keogh.
Subs: Tom Stokes (for Cormac Joyce), Chris Fitzsimons, Sean Geraghty, Martin McDonagh
SFAI Under 12 Cup
Trim Celtic 1 – 1 Swords Rovers A.E.T.
Trim Celtic won 3 – 2 on penalties
Trim Celtic showed tremendous character and style to come back from behind in this SFAI Cup 3rd round game against a well organised and strong Swords Rovers team. Trim struggled for large parts of this game to put their normal passing game together but did create a couple of chances in the first half. Trim were unlucky to have a goal disallowed when Fionn Nally put the ball away after Sean FitzGerald went through on goal, was tackled in the box but was then adjudged to have fouled the defender. However, Swords continually gave Trim problems with their long ball and pace up front. Towards the end of the half, a lack of concentration in the defence allowed Swords to take the lead to go in 1-0 up at half time. In the second half, Trim upped the pace but still found it difficult to create chances until Sean FitzGerald latched onto a pass from Joey Corrigan and ran at the defence. When going around the last defender, he was brought down and Trim were awarded a penalty, which Sam Millen put away superbly. Trim went for the win in the last ten minutes but could not find the goal to put them through, indeed James Mitchell saved superbly at the feet of a Swords attacker to keep Trim in the game. The game went into extra time with no side creating any real chances. Penalties were then the only way to split the teams. Trim won the toss and decided to go first with Sam Millen, the penalty hero during normal time, stepping up. Unfortunately, Sam missed his footing and put the ball over the bar; Swords converted their first…0-1 to Swords. Ciarán Fitzsimons coolly put his penalty away while the Swords player dragged his attempt wide and left of the goal…..1-1 after 2. Up stepped Gavin Mullen who had his penalty parried onto the upright by the keeper; Swords converted their third with James Mitchell narrowly missing the save…1-2 to Swords after 3. James Toher took the 4th and converted with ease; the Swords man hit his shot straight at the bottom of the left hand upright…2-2 after 4. Daniel O’Byrne, while nervous, volunteered to take the fifth, picked his spot and put it away. This left it up to James Mitchell to prevent the penalties going into sudden death. James dived to his right to save superbly….Trim win 3-2 on penalties. While not performing to their best at times, Trim never gave up the fight. There were tremendous performances all over the pitch with the back line doing particularly well and the central midfield pairing of James Toher and Fionn Nally getting through a lot of work, not forgetting the goalkeeping heroics of James Mitchell.
Trim Celtic: James Mitchell, Shane O’Connor, Gavin Mullen, Ciaran Fitzsimons, Daniel O’Byrne, Sean McGee, Fionn Nally, Joey Corrigan, Sean FitzGerald, Sam Millen, James Toher.
Subs: Ciaran Halpin, Sean Spratt, Eoghan Fox, Luke Flanagan, Marcus Thompson, Gareth White