Agher Park 1 – 6 Trim Celtic
Halftime: 1 -1
Trim Celtic scorers: David Conway, Dominic Martin, Paul Gilsenan, Craig O’Hanlon, Colm Harte, Ciaran Rispin
Agher Park took a shock lead within the first five minutes of this game when a defensive error allowed them to take the lead. Celtic could have been two down soon after but Agher failed to capitalise on a one on one with the Celtic keeper. Twenty minutes into the half Celtic equalised when David Conway headed home from close range. The goal settled the Trim side and they began to take control of the game, however Agher defended stoutly until halftime to go in level at the break.
Early in the first half Celtic had two good chances to get ahead but Ross Campbell shot over from breaking free-kick before he poked wide when bearing down on the Agher keeper. Soon after Celtic took the lead when Dominic Martin converted from close in. Paul Gilsenan then scored at the second attempt after the keeper made a good save from his first effort. Celtic stretched their lead when Craig O’Hanlon broke the offside trap to fire home from the corner of the box.
In a similar move substitute Colm Harte added a fifth goal. The scoring was completed when Ciaran Rispin found himself in unusual territory but coolly side-footed home to open his account for the season.
Best for Trim Celtic were Mark Gilsenan, Paul Gilsenan and Craig O’Hanlon
Trim Celtic: Mick Martin, Ciaran Rispin, Derek Dixon, David Conway, Mark Gilsenan, Mick Corrigan, Craig O’Hanlon, Dominic Martin, Paul Gilsenan, Ross Campbell, Keith Jones
Subs: Colm Harte (for Ross Campbell), Noel Payne (for Paul Gilsenan), Andy Reilly (for Craig O’Hanlon)
Square Utd 3 – 2 Trim Celtic
Halftime: 1 -1
Trim Celtic scorer: Noel Payne 2 (1 pen)
This was a disappointing result for the Trim Celtic’s reserves that may put a serious dent in their quest for the league title. Trim started brightly and Noel Payne put them in the lead after five minutes with a cracking left footed volley after a superb ball from Alan McCormack. Trim continued to dominate proceedings and should have added to the scoreline but couldn’t turn their dominance in to goals and were punished just before the break when they failed to clear a corner and Square equalised to leave it level at the break. Trim came out fighting in the 2nd half and after Colm Harte was fouled in the box Noel Payne dispatched the penalty to Trim back in front. Trim should have gone on to take control of the game but they let Square back in the game with twenty minutes to go when their striker reacted first to put a away rebounded shot. Square really upset the odds when they scored a winner 10 minutes from time and Trim will rue the amount of missed chances and failure to convert possession into goals and will need to bounce back quickly if they are to go on and win the league. Best for Trim were Noel Payne, Colm Harte and Alan McCormack.
Trim Celtic: Fergus Fagan, David Campbell, Mark Scanlon, Colm Harte, Andy Reilly, Paul Munnelly, Noel Payne, Alan McCormack, John Farrell, Thomas Farrell, Tommy Boyle.
Subs: Danny Quinn (for Tommy Boyle), Stephen Jones (for Paul Munnelly), Eddie Murray (for Thomas Farrell), Alex Geraghty, James Curran
NECSL Under 12
Carrick Rovers 2 – 5 Trim Celtic
Halftime: 1 -1
Trim Celtic scorers:
Ciarán Fitzsimons opened the scoring for Trim Celtic after four minutes when after Trim pressure in the box, he shot into the roof from an acute angle. Trim had most of the possession in the first half and could have scored another two or three goals. However, Carrick did get into the game towards the end of the half and equalised from a corner when indecision in the Trim defence allowed their striker to pounce.
The sides went in all square at half-time but Trim came out fighting in the second half. The midfield pairing of James Toher and Joey Corrigan worked very well and created many chances throughout the game. After sustained pressure, Trim went ahead on 39 minutes when Sean McGee held off the defender well, turned and beat the keeper. Sean McGee popped up at the far post for his second of the day six minutes later when he shot back across the keeper. Indeed, he almost had his third shortly after when his goal-bound shot was helped over the line by Sam Millen who prevented the defender clearing the ball. Trim got their fifth after Ciarán Fitzsimons broke through and was taken down in the box. Sean McGee stepped up and capped off a great performance to send the keeper the wrong way, completing his hat-trick. Overall, another solid performance from the team with all areas performing well. Best for Trim Celtic were Sean McGee, Ciaran Fitzsimons and Joey Corrigan
Trim Celtic: James Mitchell, Fionn Nally, Evan Dixon, Gavin Mullen, Joan Lehmann, Sean McGee, Joey Corrigan, Sean FitzGerald, Ciaran Fitzsimons, Sam Millen, James Toher.
Subs: Shane O’Connor (for Fionn Nally), Ciaran Halpin (for Joey Corrigan), Marcus Thompson (for Gavin Mullen), Gareth White