Trim Celtic 4 – 4 Slane
Halftime: 1 – 1
Trim Celtic scorers: Paul Gilsenan 2, David Conway, Colm Harte
Honours were even in this entertaining match. Slane took the lead within the first five minutes with a header from a corner. Celtic fought back strongly and had Slane under pressure from two Ross Campbell corners before David Conway headed home Mark Gilsenan’s corner. Colm Harte was in superb form down the Celtic right wing and had two Slane defenders cautioned for fouls caused by his trickery and pace. From a free kick earned by Harte Paul Gilsenan headed just over.
The second half was a lively affair with Celtic taking the lead within the first few minutes when Harte jinked on the edge of the box before rifling home. However Slane equalised with the next attack courtesy of a couple of errors in the Celtic defence. The work rate and driving runs of Shane Ashe has Slane in trouble all afternoon and one such burst led to a free kick on the edge of the box for Celtic. Paul Gilsenan gave Celtic the lead with a stunning free kick that gave the Slane keeper no chance. However Slane hit back again when a corner was cleared off the line by Ciaran Rispin however the breaking ball was struck home. As the game headed for fulltime Slane scored what looked to be the winner when another corner was not properly cleared and the rebound was finished to the net, despite handball claims by the Celtic team. With the game in the third minute of extra-time Mark Gilsenan’s long free kick caused confusion in the Slane defence, and brother ball seized the opportunity to volley home the equaliser.
Best for Trim Celtic were Colm Harte, Shane Ashe and Paul Gilsenan.
Trim Celtic: Dominic Martin, Ciaran Rispin, Ross Campbell, David Conway, Derek Dixon, Colm Harte, Shane Ashe, Keith Jones, Paul Gilsenan, Craig O’Hanlon, Mark Gilsenan.
Subs: Danny Quinn (for Ross Campbell), Clayton Keegan, John Farrell, Tommy Boyle
Navan Cosmos 5 – 4 Trim Celtic A.E.T
Halftime: 4 – 2
Trim Celtic scorers: Noel Payne 2, Mark Scanlon, Tommy Boyle
Sent off: Danny Quinn
After a poor first half Trim Celtic came back strongly to force extra time. Fielding a youthful side with a few more experienced players Celtic were unlucky to lose out in extra-time. Noel Payne continued his excellent form with two more goals with Tommy Boyle cracking home a superb volley while Mark Scanlon also scored. After clawing their way back to 4 – 4, Celtic were reduced to ten men when Danny Quinn was sent off for a foul in the box, the resulting penalty was converted to give Cosmos victory.
Best for Trim Celtic were Noel Payne, Adam Campbell and Alan McCormack.
Trim Celtic: Fergus Fagan, Alex Geraghty, Mark Scanlon, Adam Campbell, Andrew Reilly, David Campbell, Paul Munnelly, Alan McCormack, John Farrell, Thomas Farrell, Noel Payne.
Subs: Danny Quinn (for Alan McCormack), Tommy Boyle (for Thomas Farrell)
NECSL Under 16 League
Trim Celtic 3 – 1 Oldcastle
Halftime: 1 – 0
Trim Celtic scorers: Graham Higgins, Ciaran Quinn, Alan Douglas
A lacklustre Trim were lucky to run out 3-1 winners against Oldcastle on Saturday. Trim started slowly and struggled to find their rhythm and were lucky not to be behind in the early stages, Graham Higgins put Trim in the lead in the 25th minute with a close range finish after good work from Alan Douglas. Douglas then had an attempt of his own when he turned well thirty yards from goal before firing in a shot which the keeper could only parry, however no Celtic players anticipated the spill by the keeper and the ball was cleared. Oldcastle came back strongly and headed narrowly wide before a they were awarded a penalty which, luckily for Celtic was blazed over the bar. In the closing stages of the half, Mark Corrigan shot wide from long range.
Trim Celtic started the 2nd half more determined with Alan Douglas sending in a low cross that was blazed back across the goal by Ciaran Quinn. Substitute John Pedan gave the visiting defence something different to think about as his strength and running unsettled them. Pedan forced a smart save by the Oldcastle keeper as he fired in a low shot, before he latched onto a Keith Way clearance to volley straight at the keeper. On fifty minutes left full back Mark Corrigan curled a beautiful ball in behind the Oldcastle defence with Pedan hitting the post from a tight angle. Five minutes later a lapse in concentration allowed Oldcastle in for a scrappy equaliser. Celtic upped their tempo with Ciaran Quinn whipping in some great crosses from the left wing. Celtic almost re-took the lead from a corner however Anthony Craig headed narrowly wide. With fifteen minutes Oldcastle gave away a needless free-kick when their keeper was adjudged to have handled outside the box. The resulting free-kick was well worked with Ciaran Quinn restoring Celtic’s lead. With ten minutes remaining Quinn turned provided as his free kick was volleyed home by Alan Douglas’ for Trims third. Not Trims best performance of the season by any means but an important 3 points that keeps them in touch with the leaders. A big improvement will be needed against Ardee next weekend. Best for Trim were Ciaran Quinn, Alan Douglas and Keith Way.
Trim Celtic: Eric Scanlon, James Moynihan, Mark Corrigan, Keith Way, Aaron Newman, Paul Genockey, Anthony Craig, Colm Doyle, Alan Douglas, Graham Higgins, Ciaran Quinn.
Subs: John Peden (for Paul Genockey), Barry Flynn (for Graham Higgins)
NECSL Under 15 League
Kells 2 – 3 Trim Celtic
Halftime: 1 – 0
Trim Celtic scorers: Eoin Hanson 2, Stephen Moriarty
After dominating the first half Trim Celtic found themselves a goal behind at the break. However Celtic made the breakthrough in the second half with goals from Stephen Moriarty and two from Eoin Hanson putting them 3 – 1 up before a late Kells goal made for a nervous last few minutes.
Best for Trim Celtic were Eoin Hanson, Adam Whelan and Darragh Kennedy.
Trim Celtic: Michael Lydon, Hark Hibbits, David Tobin, Martin Whelan, Timmy Smith, Eoin Hanson, Adam Whelan, Darragh Kennedy, Rory McEntee, Donal Loughlin, Stephen Moriarty.
Subs: Thomas Markey (for Martin Whelan), Noel Hanna (for Darragh Kennedy), Paul O’Sullivan, Gary McGee, Patrick Scanlon, Eunan McGrenra, Damien Wood
NECSL Under 13 League
Agher Park 0 – 6 Trim Celtic
Halftime: 0 – 3
Trim Celtic scorers: Darragh Scannell 3 (1 pen), Conor Smith, Ian Keogh, Daniel McGrianna
Sent off: James Hyland
This was a great team display as as the Celts took revenge for a 2-5 home defeat on the opening day of the season in September .Ian Keogh scored the first minute while after 10 minutes Darragh Scannell thumped in a penalty off the crossbar. Midfield man, Conor Smith added a third in the 22nd minute. Agher were awarded a penalty of their own when Sean Hyland was harshly adjudged to have fouled in the box, in any case Agher shot wide.
Darragh Scannell added his second four minutes into the second half. Daniel McGrianna side footed goal 5 in 20th minute. James Hyland was harshly given a red card for pushing an opponent in retaliation.Darragh Scannell scored his hattrick. This was an outstanding team performance.
Best for Trim Celtic were Darragh Scannell, Conor Daly and Conor Smith.
Trim Celtic: Ryan Andrews, Sean Hyland, Connor Farrell, Marcus Shields, Conor Smith, Cian McGrenra, Darragh Scannell, Conor Daly, Dermot O’Keane, Ian Keogh.
Subs: Daniel McGrianna (for Conor Daly), Thomas Farrelly (for Cian McGrenra), Cormac Joyce (for Dermot O’Keane), Thomas Stokes (for Ian Keogh)
NECSL Under 12 Cup
Albion Rovers B 0 – 10 Trim Celtic
Halftime: 0 – 7
Trim Celtic scorers: Joan Lehmann 3, Sean FitzGerald 2, Sam Millen 2, Fionn Nally, James Toher (pen), O.G.
Trim Celtic U12s were drawn against Albion Rovers B team in the second round of the NECSL Cup today. On a good day for football, Trim turned on the style in the first half, scoring seven goals in the process. The first goal was scored by Sam Millen as early as the 7th minute, and Trim were 2-0 two minutes later when an Albion defender turned the ball into his own net. On 16 minutes, Fionn Nally, who was composed in midfield throughout, put Trim 3-0 up and after Sam Millen was pushed in the box, James Toher scored from the spot. Millen added his 2nd before Sean FitzGerald scored two good goals to put Trim 7-0 up at half time. Trim made 5 substitutions around half time and took some time to adjust to the new line up. Albion never really troubled Trim throughout but they were awarded a penalty midway through the 2nd half. James Mitchell did very well to save the penalty only to find out that he had to face it again after a Trim defended encroached into the penalty area. James pulled off a great save to keep a clean sheet. Joan Lehmann, after going up front in the 2nd half, did really well to score a hat-trick inside 8 minutes to finish the game off.
Best for Trim Celtic were Ciaran Fitzsimons, Fionn Nally and Evan Dixon.
Trim Celtic: Gareth White, Daniel O’Byrne, Evan Dixon, Ciaran Fitzsimons, Joan Lehmann, Sean McGee, Fionn Nally, Joey Corrigan, Sean FitzGerald, Sam Millen, James Toher.
Subs: Shane O’Connor (for Sean McGee), Sean Spratt (for James Toher), Eoghan Fox (for Sean FitzGerald), Marcus Thompson (for Sam Millen), James Mitchell (for Gareth White), Luke Flanagan, Gavin Mullen
NECSL Under 11 League
Athboy Tigers 1 – 1 Trim Celtic
Halftime: 1 – 1
Trim Celtic scorer: Colin Stowe
Trim Celtic Under 11 got a well earned point against Athboy .This was a very even and well contested match with both teams playing some great football. Athboy took the lead after 15 minutes after continued pressure.This seemed to ignite Trim who then started to push forward looking for the equaliser,which came on 25 minutes with a great free kick from outside the box by Colin Stowe. In the second half both teams went all out for the winning goal,Trim came closest in the dying minutes from a great run down the wing from Malachy Joe Gavin who unleashed a shot which the keeper could not hold and the ball was spinning on the line until Athboy managed to clear it away before a Trim player knocked it in.This was a great game by two very good teams.
Best for Trim Celtic were Colin Stowe, Malachy Joe Gavin and Cian Clarke.
Trim Celtic: Paul Lynch, Colin Stowe, Barry FitzGerald, Shane Downes, Cian Clarke, John Cunningham, Sean Healy, Conor Henebery, Malachy Joe Gavin, Jordan Metcalfe, Fergus Mulryan.
Subs: Jack Johnston (for Fergus Mulryan), Eric Hyland (for Sean Healy), Colin Keane (for Cian Clarke), David Fox (for Barry Fitzgerald), Eric Butler (for Jordan Metcalfe), Tony O’Donnell (for John Cunningham)