Trim Celtic continued their unbeaten run to move level on points with their mid-table opponents Rock Celtic. The game was evenly contested until the deadlock was broken when Paul Campbell’s superb long pass was taken down by Keith Jones who finished well. Celtic almost stretched their lead when Ciaran Rispin seized on a defensive error but couldn’t quite apply the finish. Celtic doubled their lead when the Rock keeper failed to hold on to Mick Corrigan’s driven shot, with David Conway on hand to convert from six yards. In a similar situation Rock could have had a goal but keeper Mick Martin recovered superbly to gather the ball at the second attempt.
The home side started the second half brightly and had Trim Celtic under pressure from early on. Eventually Rock got their reward when they were awarded a penalty which was duly converted. In a bizarre situation after play had been stopped to allow attention to an injury to a Rock player, Celtic striker Craig O’Hanlon sportingly kicked the ball back towards the Rock keeper who somehow allowed the ball to bounce over him and stumbled back into his own net with the ball, however the referee allowed him to take the ball out and play on, denying Celtic an unintentional but technically legitimate goal. Keith Jones then forced a fine save from the keeper when he curled in a fierce shot which the keeper tipped over. From the resulting corner Ciaran Rispin’s excellent delivery was superbly glanced home by Celtic’s skipper David Conway, his second of the day. Paul Campbell rounded off the scoring after good work from Tommy Boyle on the left wing. Late on Rock hit the post but it was Trim Celtic’s day.
Best for Trim Celtic were Keith Jones, Paul Campbell and Derek Dixon.
Trim Celtic: Mick Martin, Ciaran Rispin, Derek Dixon, David Conway, Dominic Martin, John Farrell, Paul Campbell, Mick Corrigan, Craig O’Hanlon, Ross Campbell, Keith Jones.
Subs: Tommy Boyle (for Craig O’Hanlon), Andy Reilly (for Ross Campbell)