Trim Celtic 1 – 0 Carrick Rovers
Halftime: 0 – 0
Trim Celtic scorer: David Conway
Sent off: Paul Campbell(2 bookings)
Trim Celtic won their third league match in a row with this important win against fellow strugglers Carrick Rovers. Celtic could have taken the lead early on but Craig O’Hanlon failed to convert from close range. Carrick had a free-kick tipped over by keeper Mick Martin and also flashed a shot across the box. Keeper Martin also made a fine save to his left, pushing Carrick volley around the post for a corner. David Conway headed wide from Craig O’Hanlon’s cross with the half ending scoreless.
Celtic had a good chance early in the second half when Paul Campbell put John Farrell through, who shot across the goal and wide. Celtic took the lead midway through the half when David Conway (pictured above) capitalised on a weak goalkeeping clearance to lob home left footed from 30 yards. Celtic had Paul Campbell sent off for a second bookable offence and were made to sweat through the ten minutes of injury time to hold on to victory with Ciaran Rispin making an important goal-line clearance in the meantime.
Best for Trim Celtic were Mick Martin, Clayton Keegan and Mick Corrigan
Trim Celtic: Mick Martin, Ciaran Rispin, Derek Dixon, Andy Reilly, David Conway, Mick Corrigan, Dominic Martin, Clayton Keegan, Paul Campbell, Craig O’Hanlon, John Farrell
Subs: Danny Quinn (for Andy Reilly), Tommy Boyle (for Clayton Keegan), Paul Munnelly, David Campbell
Carrick Rovers 2 – 2 Trim Celtic A.E.T.
Trim Celtic win 3 – 2 on penalties
Halftime: 0 – 1
Trim Celtic scorers: Danny Quinn, Thomas Farrell
Sent Off: Shane Ashe (two bookings)
Trim Celtic advanced to a quarter-final tie with Kentstown after this Reserve Cup win. This was a well-needed victory for Trim Celtic after being knocked out of two cup competitions in recent week. Carrick Rovers started brighter and were a goal up after some poor defending but when Carrick were reduced to ten men on the half-hour Celtic began to increase the pressure and got their reward on the hour mark when Thomas Farrell headed home. Carrick regained the lead five minutes later but with ten minutes remaining Danny Quinn headed an equaliser. Extra-time brought no further goals and the game went to penalties. Trim Celtic won 3 -2 on penalties with Colm Harte the hero saving two and scoring one spot kick.
Best for Trim Celtic were Colm Harte, Mark Scanlon and Paul Munnelly
Trim Celtic: Fergus Fagan, Alex Geraghty, Tommy Boyle, David Campbell, Noel Payne, Colm Harte, Paul Munnelly, Adam Campbell, Alan McCormack, Shane Ashe, Mark Scanlon.
Subs: Danny Quinn (for Tommy Boyle), Thomas Farrell (for Adam Campbell), James Curran (for Alex Geraghty).