Trim Celtic 2 – 2 Ardee Celtic
Halftime: 2 – 2
Trim Celtic scorers: Ross Campbell, Craig O’Hanlon.
Trim Celtic twice came from behind to earn a draw against high flying Ardee. The visitors took the lead ten minutes in when they broke following a Trim Celtic corner. The Trim side equalised within five minutes when Ross Campbell superbly headed home from a corner. Celtic almost took the lead when Colm Harte’s long range dipping volley was excellently tipped over the bar by the Ardee keeper. Ardee took the lead again when their winger broke the offside trap and crossed to an unmarked striker who volleyed home from close range. With ten minutes of the half remaining Celtic won a free-kick on the edge of the Ardee box. Striker Craig O’Hanlon fired an unstoppable shot into the angle of crossbar and post for Trim’s second equaliser. On the stroke of halftime a clash of heads between Ross Campbell and his Ardee counterpart saw neither of them return to the action in the second half.
In the second half the goalkeeping of the Ardee keeper prevented Trim Celtic from winning the game when first he made a superb save from Paul Campbell from twelve yards and in the last minute saved a John Farrell effort. This point coupled with Carrick’s defeat ensures Trim Celtic can enjoy their last two games in the knowledge that they are safe from relegation.
Best for Trim Celtic were Keith Jones, Colm Harte and Paul Campbell
Trim Celtic: Mick Martin, Ciaran Rispin, Keith Jones, Derek Dixon, David Conway, Mick Corrigan, Paul Campbell, Dominic Martin, Ross Campbell, Craig O’Hanlon, Colm Harte.
Subs: Mark Gilsenan (for Colm Harte), John Farrell (for Mick Corrigan), Mark Scanlon, Paul Munnelly.
NECSL Under 14 Shield
Trim Celtic 4 – 0 Grove
Halftime: 3 – 0
Trim Celtic scorers: Colm Smith 3, Damien McGee.
A superb first half hattrick from Colm Smith, bring him to 13 goals from the season, set Trim Celtic up for an easy victory over Grove to advance to the Shield Semi-Final. Damien McGee added to the scoreline in the second half in which Smith twice hit the crossbar. Celtic had a lot of the ball throughout with good displays in midfield from Damien McGee, Jamie Lee and Keith Earls. Colm Smith was also outstanding.
Trim Celtic: Dylan Murrin, Darren Melia, Nigel Kennedy, Sean Curran, John Shaw, Damien McGee, Jamie Lee, Sean Foley, Colm Smith, Diarmuid Higgins, Keith Earls.
Subs: Shane Mooney (for Diarmuid Higgins), Niall Farrell
NECSL Under 12 Shield
Parkvilla 0 – 1 Trim Celtic
For the second time in a week, Parkvilla were Trim’s opponents and for the second time, Trim came out winners in a very sporting but tough encounter at Claremont Stadium, Navan. The conditions were tough with a strong wind blowing from one end of the pitch. Playing against the wind in the first half Celtic did well to gain as much possession as they did. They went close on a couple of occasions and caused the Parkvilla defence some problems with the direct running of Ciarán Fitzsimons and Sam Millen. The sides were level going into the break, but with the wind behind their backs in the second half, Trim came out attacking. They took the ball down, created many chances and dominated the second half. It was no surprise that Trim’s goal came from a James Toher cross which was floated into the six yard area. After some indecision in the defence, Gavin Mullen slotted the ball away. Thereafter, Trim were very strong with their direct play and should have added to their lead. There were very solid performances throughout the team today with all areas performing very well. Trim will face Kentstown in the semi-final.
Best for Trim Celtic were Gavin Mullen, Joey Corrigan and Sean FitzGerald.
Trim Celtic: Gareth White, Fionn Nally, Evan Dixon, Gavin Mullen, Joan Lehmann, Sean McGee, Joey Corrigan, Sean FitzGerald, Ciaran Fitzsimons, Sam Millen, James Toher.
Subs: Shane O’Connor, Marcus Thompson, James Mitchell, Luke Flanagan, Sean Spratt.