Albion Rovers 4 – 1 Trim Celtic
Halftime: 2 – 1
Trim Celtic scorer: Paul Campbell (Pen)
Trim Celtic lost their eight game unbeaten run with this away defeat to Albion Rovers. Albion started brightly and had Celtic under pressure from the kick-off. Celtic goalkeeper Mick Martin was forced to make a fine save pushing the ball around the post, however from the resulting corner some poor marking in the Celtic box allowed Albion to stab home the opening goal. As Celtic were beginning to contain their hosts Albion doubled their lead when a cross deceived keeper Mick Martin and ended up in the net. Celtic got back in the game on the stroke of halftime when Colm Harte was fouled in the box. Paul Campbell converted at the second attempt, the first was saved but he was allowed to retake it due to encroaching by the Albion defence.
In the second half Celtic used the wind to their advantage to put more pressure on Albion however midway through the half they were caught on the break and conceded a third. Albion added a fourth before the final whistle.
Best for Trim Celtic were Colm Harte, Derek Dixon and Paul Campbell
Trim Celtic: Mick Martin, Ciaran Rispin, Dominic Martin, Derek Dixon, David Conway, John Farrell, Mick Corrigan, Paul Campbell, Colm Harte, Craig O’Hanlon, Keith Jones
Subs: Paul Munnelly (for Craig O’Hanlon), Mark Scanlon (for John Farrell), Alex Geraghty (for Ciaran Rispin)
NECSL Under 16 Cup
Kentstown 3 – 0 Trim Celtic
Halftime: 2 – 0
Trim hopes of a treble were dashed on Saturday as they were dumped out of the NECSL Cup Quarter-Final against Kentstown. Trim got off to a terrible start going behind after 2 minutes to a scrappy goal and things got worse 5 mins later when they failed to clear a free-kick and conceded a second goal. After that disastrous start things looked bleak but Trim were determined not to go down without a fight and they battled hard but could not find a breakthrough. In the 2nd half they took the game to Kentstown and were awarded a penalty which Alan Douglas failed to convert and as Trim pushed on for way back in to the game Kentstown sealed the victory with a 3rd goal on the counter attack. Best for Trim were Mark Corrigan, Keith Way and Paul Genockey. Trim will look to improve next week when they face the same opposition in the Shield Quarter-Final.
Trim Celtic: Eric Scanlon, James Moynihan, Mark Corrigan, Philip O’Donohoe, Keith Way, Paul Genockey, John Pedan, Colm Doyle, Alan Douglas, Aaron Newman, Ciaran Quinn.
Subs: David Farrell (for James Moynihan), Graham Higgins (for John Pedan)
NECSL Under 13 League
Ardee Blue 0 – 8 Trim Celtic
Halftime: 0 – 4
Trim Celtic scorers: Ian Keogh 3, Darragh Scannell 2, Conor Smith, Sean Geraghty, Conor Daly
Sean Geraghty scored the first goal after six minutes. Ian Keogh netted his first three minutes later. Conor Daly scored a great individual goal in the twenty fifth minute, having taken the ball from the halfway line he chipped the advancing keeper. Centre-back Conor Smith scored in the 28th minuet. Just 13 minutes into the second half Ian Keogh netted his 2nd. Then Darragh Scannell scored in the 15th & 21st minutes. A minute later Martin McDonagh volleyed to the net after an Ian Keogh shot rebounded off an upright. This goal was disallowed for offside. Ian Keogh scored his 3rd with a glancing header. Keeper Ryan Andrews had only two saves to make. Conor Smith dropping back to centre back for this game & Ian Keogh had outstanding games, closely followed by Darragh Scannell.
Trim Celtic: Ryan Andrews, Sean Hyland, James Hyland, Connor Farrell, Conor Smith, Sean Geraghty, Thomas Stokes, Darragh Scannell, Conor Daly, Cian McGrenra, Ian Keogh.
Subs: Martin McDonagh (for Thomas Stokes)
NECSL Under 12 Cup
Trim Celtic 5 – 0 Carrick Rovers
Halftime: 4 – 0
Trim Celtic scorers: Sam Millen 2, Sean FitzGerald, Ciaran Fitzsimons
Trim produced a fine display throughout and advanced to the semi-final of the cup with a fairly comfortable victory over Carrick Rovers at Tully Park. The game got off to the perfect start with Trim up 3-0 inside the first ten minutes. The first was scored by Sean FitzGerald after the ball broke across the box and Sean slipped it by the keeper and over the line before the defender could clear. Sean FitzGerald turned provider for the second when a ball across the goal was put away on the volley by Sam Millen. Sam scored his second minutes later when he pounced on a ball in the box after Joey Corrigan’s shot was saved by the keeper. For the fourth, James Toher floated in a great free kick from the right, it was saved by the keeper but bounced off the bar, only for Ciarán Fitzsimons to be on hand to turn and put it away. In the second half, Trim made five changes with Evan Dixon, James Mitchell, Marcus Thompson, Daniel O’Byrne and Eoghan Fox coming on. Eoghan Fox was on hand in the final few minutes to put Trim 5-0 up. Trim had a number of other chances to add to their score but overall it was a fine display with many great performances. James Toher worked very hard in midfield and his delivery at set pieces was superb. Again the back line and keepers kept a clean sheet with Mullen, O’Connor, Lehmann and Nally coping well in defence and showing good touches going forward.
Trim Celtic: Gareth White, Shane O’Connor, Fionn Nally, Gavin Mullen Joan Lehmann, Sean McGee, Joey Corrigan, Sean FitzGerald, Ciaran Fitzsimons, Sam Millen, James Toher.
Subs: Evan Dixon (for Sean McGee), Marcus Thompson (for Sean FitzGerald), Eoghan Fox (for Ciaran Fitzsimons), Daniel O’Byrne (for Joey Corrigan), James Mitchell (for Gareth White), Ciaran Halpin