Trim Celtic 2 – 0 Longwood
Halftime: 1 – 0
Trim Celtic scorers: Keith Jones, Mick Corrigan
Trim Celtic advanced to the next round of the Kilmessan Shield after this win against Division 4 side Longwood. Longwood started well and almost took the lead but for a fine save from a headed corner by keeper Mick Martin. Celtic started slowly but started to find improve as the half went on. Paul Gilsenan and Craig O’Hanlon were causing problems for the visiting defence with the former at on stage rounding the keeper only to have his shot blocked on the line. Celtic almost took the lead when Ciaran Rispin excellently volleyed a breaking corner goalwards, however the keeper produced a fine save to keep the score level. Right on the stroke of halftime Celtic did take the lead when Keith Jones rifled home from the edge of the box.
In the second half Celtic started brightly with the surging runs of Shane Ashe causing problems for Longwood. Craig O’Hanlon robbed the last Longwood defender of the ball only to slide his shot just wide. At the other end a difficult bounce in front of keeper Mick Martin caused the ball to bounce off his chest however Dominic Martin reacted first to head the ball behind for a corner.Paul Gilsenan then drilled in a dangerous low cross that the keeper spilled however a Longwood defender was on hand to scramble the ball clear. Celtic doubled their lead when Mick Corrigan finished off Mark Gilsenan’s left wing free-kick.
Best for Trim Celtic were Keith Jones, Mick Corrigan and Paul Gilsenan.
Trim Celtic: Mick Martin, Ciaran Rispin, Derek Dixon, Dominic Martin, David Conway, Mick Corrigan, Shane Ashe, Keith Jones, Paul Gilsenan, Craig O’Hanlon, Mark Gilsenan.
Subs: Danny Quinn (for Craig O’Hanlon), Ross Campbell (for Derek Dixon), John Farrell ( for Shane Ashe)
NECSL Under 16 League
Trim Celtic 2 – 4 Ardee Celtic
Halftime: 1 – 2
Trim Celtic scorers: Alan Douglas, Anthony Craig
Trim Celtic will consider themselves extremely unlucky not to have won this top of the table clash against Ardee Celtic, Trim fell behind after Ardee struck from a corner kick but immediately hit back when Anthony Craig finished off a fine team move. Then defensive mistakes either side of the break left Trim trailing 3-1 despite dominating the game. Trim were dealt a further blow when Aaron Newman was harshly sent off for a 2nd bookable offence but a resilient Trim didn’t lie down and battled back with Alan Douglas pulling one back from the penalty spot after Anthony Craig was fouled. Trim continued to take the game to Ardee and were unlucky not to score particularly from one of a number of corner kicks. Ardee sealed the game in the last 5 minutes after a quick break away goal but Trim will wonder how they managed to lose this game after playing some great football.
Best for Trim Celtic were Anthony Craig, Ciaran Quinn and Keith Way.
Trim Celtic: Eric Scanlon, James Moynihan, Mark Corrigan, Keith Way, Barry Flynn, Aaron Newman, Anthony Craig, Colm Doyle, Alan Douglas, John Pedan, Ciaran Quinn.
Subs: Graham Higgins (for John Pedan), Philip O’Donohoe, Paul Genockey, David Farrell
NECSL Under 15 League
Trim Celtic 3 – 0 Newtown
Halftime: 1 – 0
Trim Celtic scorers: Adam Whelan 2, Eoin Hanson
This impressive win in a highly competitive match took Trim Celtic to the top of the table. Adam Whelan gave Celtic a halftime lead with Eoin Hanson and Whelan again netting in the second half.
Best for Trim Celtic were Mark Hibbits, Adam Whelan and Eoin Hanson.
Trim Celtic: Michael Lydon, Mark Hibbits, Thomas Markey, David Tobin, Timmy Smith, Eoin Hanson, Adam Whelan, Darragh Kennedy, Martin Whelan, Donal Loughlin, David Gilkeson
Subs: Rory McEntee (for Timmy Smith), Eunan McGrenra (for Donal Loughlin), Paul O’Sullivan (for David Gilkeson), Gary McGee (for Martin Whelan)
NECSL Under 14 League
Kells 4 – 2 Trim Celtic
Halftime: 0 – 0
Trim Celtic scorer: Colm Smith 2
This was Trim Celtic’s first game in seven weeks and it showed in their performance. After a scoreless first half Kells took a two goal lead early in the second half. Colm Smith scored tow goals inside five minutes to level the game. Jamie Lee also hit the post with a fine freekick however a Celtic mistake allowed Kells in for a third goal while a penalty for Kells put the game beyond doubt at 4 – 2.
Best for Trim Celtic were Damien McGee, John Shaw, Jamie Lee and Colm Smith.
Trim Celtic: Dylan Murrin, Darren Melia, Nigel Kennedy, Jamie Lee, John Shaw, Damien McGee, James Allen, Shane Mooney, Colm Smith, Scott McGowan, Diarmuid Higgins.
Subs: Sean Curran (for Shane Mooney), Keith Earls (for Nigel Kennedy), Niall Farrell (for James Allen), Jake Shields, Neill Farmer.
NECSL Under 11 League
Trim Celtic 0 – 2 Kingscourt
This was a very even and well contested match with both teams playing some great football. Kingscourt took the lead after 25 minutes against the run of play after continued pressure by Trim Celtic. Celtic continued to pressure the Kingscourt goal and in the last minute of the first half Trim looked like they had equalised only to see the ball come back off the inside of the post. In the second half Trim continued to push forward searching for that equalising goal. Wave after wave of attacks continued to rain down on the Kingscourt goal. As time started to run out Trim committed more and more men forward and were inevitably caught on the counter attack and conceded a goal. With only 5 minutes to go the match was over as a contest. This was a very disappointing result for Trim given the amount of chances that they had created.
Best for Trim Celtic were Shane Downes, Eric Hyland,David Fox
Trim Celtic: Paul Lynch, Colin Stowe, David Fox, Shane Downes, Patrick Lennon, John Cunningham, Colin Keane, Eric Hyland, Malachy Joe Gavin, Cian Clarke, Tommy Crinnion.
Subs: Jack Johnston (for Tommy Crinnion), Jordan Metcalfe (for David Fox), David Buckley (for Patrick Lennon), Fergus Mulryan (for Malachy Joe Gavin), Sean Healy (for John Cunningham), Tony O’Donnell (for Colin Keane)