Reserve Cup Final
Trim Celtic 2 – 1 Glenmuir Utd
Halftime: 0 – 1
Trim Celtic scorers: Danny Quinn, Shane Ashe
After the disappointment of losing out on the League title last week Trim Celtic earned themselves a piece of silverware with this hard fought win over Reserve Cup holders Glenmuir Utd. Glenmuir were the better side in the first half and found their rhythm quicker than Celtic. Glenmuir took the lead with a superb header as the Celtic marking went missing from a corner. The Louth side almost doubled their lead but were foiled by a superb save from Trim keeper Fergus Fagan who went full stretch to parry a shot around the post. Celtic had their chances but both Paul Gilsenan and Colm Harte were denied goalscoring opportunities by the offside flag. With the half drawing to a close the match turned when a Glenmuir player was sent off after something said to the referee. Celtic had a chance to equalise however both Paul Gilsenan and Clayton Keegan arrived at Colm Harte’s cross at the same time with neither able to apply the finish required
Despite having a player advantage in the second half Celtic struggled to break down a very strong and well-organised Glenmuir team. It wasn’t until midway through the half when the Dundalk men began to tire were Celtic able to make a breakthrough. The equaliser came from player-manager Danny Quinn who volleyed home a breaking corner from ten yards. Ten minutes later Celtic took the lead when Shane Ashe finished well in a crowded box curling the ball into the top corner. Celtic had further chances to extend their lead with Colm Harte and Paul Gilsenan both heading over. With the Celtic defence on top keeper Fergus Fagan’s handling was solid in the face of the few attempts which came his way and Celtic were able to hold and Celtic captain Colm Harte lifted the cup.
Best for Trim Celtic were Clayton Keegan, Colm Harte and Tommy Boyle.
Trim Celtic: Fergus Fagan, Paul Munnelly, Tommy Boyle, Andy Reilly, Mark Gilsenan, Colm Harte, Noel Payne, Clayton Keegan, Paul Gilsenan, Danny Quinn, Shane Ashe.
Subs: Mark Scanlon (for Danny Quinn), Alan McCormack, Alex Geraghty, Roger Wheeler, David Campbell
Kilmessan Shield Semi-Final
Trim Celtic 4 – 2 Rossin Rovers
Halftime: 3 -1
Trim Celtic scorers: Paul Campbell, Colm Harte, Ross Campbell, Craig O’Hanlon
Trim Celtic advanced to the Final of the Kilmessan Shield with this win over Division Three side Rossin Rovers. Celtic started brightly and took the lead on ten minutes when Paul Campbell finished well from a long throw. However Rossin were given an easy equaliser when they were gifted a dubious penalty, which was converted. Celtic took a while to settle after this blow but when they did Colm Harte and Craig O’Hanlon began to give the visitors a tough time. Harte’s wing play was superb while O’Hanlon’s work rate was exemplary, never letting the Rossin defenders settle and robbing them on many occasions. Celtic took the lead when Harte stabbed home after good work on the left wing by Paul Campbell and Keith Jones. Before halftime Celtic extended their lead when Harte’s cross was turned in by Ross Campbell.
In the second half Celtic played good football down both wings without troubling the Rossin keeper. Midway through the half Rossin were given another soft penalty for a handball in the box that hit the back of a Celtic defender, with no Rossin players even shouting for handball. Luckily for Celtic the penalty came crashing back off the crossbar and was headed wide. This decision seemed to spur Celtic on and with the next attack Craig O’Hanlon netted courtesy of a shot which was deflected past the keeper again after good work by Keith Jones. Mark Scanlon forced a fine save from the Rossin keeper after a cleverly worked free kick. Rossin pulled a goal back courtesy of an own goal from a corner, however had few chances to narrow the deficit any further.
Best for Trim Celtic were Craig O’Hanlon, Keith Jones and Paul Campbell.
Trim Celtic: Mick Martin, Ciaran Rispin, Keith Jones, Dominic Martin, David Conway, Noel Payne, Paul Campbell, Mick Corrigan, Ross Campbell, Craig O’Hanlon, Colm Harte.
Subs: Mark Gilsenan (for Dominic Martin), Mark Scanlon (for Colm Harte), Derek Dixon (for Noel Payne)
NECSL Under 16 League
Trim Celtic 2 – 5 Kingscourt
Halftime: 1 -3
Trim Celtic scorers: Mark Corrigan, Aaron Newman
Sent off: Alan Douglas (two bookings)
Trims brave efforts to win the league came to an end on Saturday after a home defeat to Kingscourt. Trim were 17 points behind Kingscourt only 4 weeks ago and were going into this game only 2 down. Trim got off to the perfect start despite having an early penalty appeal waved away Alan Douglas leaped highest to flick the ball on for Aaron Newman to volley the ball into the net. Kingscourt equalised after a long kick from their goalkeeper who had seemed to hang on to the ball for well over the allotted time wasn’t dealt with by the Trim defence and ended up in the net. After twenty minutes with Trim still on top Kingscourt scored their second goal of the game. This time when it was evidently clear to everybody in the ground except the referee that the Kingscourt striker was offside he was allowed to carry on and Kingscourt took the lead. Trim began to look deflated and just before the break Kingscourt got their third goal and Trim had an uphill battle on their hands. Trim started the second half needing three goals and their cause was not helped when Alan Douglas was given his 2nd extremely harsh booking of the game and ordered to the dressing room. Trim never gave up and Mark Corrigan’s penalty put the ten men back into the game. Kingscourt then responded and the effect of nine games in nineteen days began to take its toll on the Trim lads. Trim conceded a further two goals and their league dream was over as Kingscourt claimed their second title in three years. Trim will feel rather hard done by after this and last weeks decisions just didn’t go their way but all in all it has been a very impressive league campaign by the whole squad and they have a Shield final to look forward to next week. Best for Trim were Aaron Newman, Philip O’Donohoe and Alan Douglas.
Trim Celtic: Eric Scanlon, James Moynihan, Ciaran Quinn, Keith Way, Philip O’Donohoe, Mark Corrigan, Anthony Craig, Colm Doyle, Alan Douglas, Aaron Newman, Graham Higgins
Subs: Paul Genockey (for James Moynihan), David Farrell (for Keith Way), Barry Flynn, Eoin Hanson
NECSL Under 14 League
Trim Celtic 1 – 3 Kingscourt
Halftime: 1 -1
Trim Celtic scorer: Sean Foley
Trim Celtic’s last league game of the season ended in defeat. The scorline did not reflect the Celtic performance with both teams playing excellent football. Kingscourt took the lead after twenty minutes with a header from a corner. Celtic had chances to draw level with Colm Smith going close and eventually did equalise on the half hour when Sean Foley converted from fifteen yards.
The second half was an entertaining display of passing football from both sides. Kingscourt took the lead through a goal that looked offside. Celtic had chances to equalise with Jamie Lee, James Allen and Shane Mooney going close, howeevr Kingscourt made it 3 -1 with five minutes remaining.
Best for Trim Celtic were James Allen, Sean Foley and Diarmuid Higgins.
Trim Celtic: Dylan Murrin, Darren Melia, Nigel Kennedy, Jamie Lee, John Shaw, Damien McGee, James Allan, Diarmuid Higgins, Colm Smith, Keith Earls, Sean Foley.
Subs: Niall Farrell (for Diarmuid Higgins), Sean Curran (for Sean Foley), Shane Mooney (for Keith Earls)
NECSL Under 13 League
Trim Celtic 13 – 0 Oristown
Halftime: 8 – 0
Trim Celtic Scorers: Conor Smith 3, Conor Daly 2, Darragh Scannell 2, Scott McGowan, Cian McGrenra, Marcus Shiels (pen), Tom Stokes, Cormac Joyce, Connor Farrell
Conor Smith opened the scoring in the first half and completed his hattrick before halftime. Two goals from Conor Daly and one each from Scott McGowan, Darragh Scannell and Cian McGrenra gave Celtic an 8 – 0 halftime lead. In the second half Celtic added five more goals from a Marcus Shiels penalty, Tom Stokes, Cormac Joyce, Connor Farrell and Darragh Scannell’s second of the game.
Best for Trim Celtic were Sean Hyland, Marcus Shiels, Tom Stokes, Cian McGrenra and Darragh Scannell.
Trim Celtic: Brian Marron, Sean Hyland, James Hyland, Connor Farrell, Marcus Shiels, Conor Smith, Cian McGrenra, Darragh Scannell, Conor Daly, Scott McGowan, Tom Stokes
Subs: Dermot O’Keane (for Conor Smith), Cormac Joyce (for Scott McGowan), Ian Keogh, Sean Geraghty, Martin McDonagh, Daniel McGrianna
NECSL Under 12 Shield Semi-Final
Kentstown 1 – 2 Trim Celtic
Halftime: 0 – 1
Trim Celtic scorers: Joan Lehmann, Ciaran Fitzsimons
Trim are through to the Premier Shield Final after a tough match against the team who finished second to them in the league. Kentstown came out very strongly today and Trim had to work very hard to win this game. Trim started brightly and had a chance as early as the first minute. On a dry and bumpy pitch, the ball spent much of the time in the air and both teams had their share of the play in the first half. Trim broke the deadlock on the 20th minute when Sam Millen played Joan Lehmann inside, Joan laid the ball off to Ciarán Fitzsimons who took one touch and rifled the ball into the top corner from 20 yards. Trim held out until half time after some close calls with Kentstown hitting the post just before half time. In the second hald, Kentstown pushed Trim very hard and again both sides had chances, Trim going close when Evan Dixon’s header was cleared off the line. In the final few minutes, Kentstown pressure paid off when they converted a corner to draw level and it looked like extra time was looming. But in the final minute Trim pushed forward and an attack was cleared but only to Joan Lehmann who fired a superb ball into the corner of the goal from the edge of the box and to put Trim into the final.
Best for Trim Celtic were Fionn Nally, Joan Lehmann and Ciaran Fitzsimons
Trim Celtic: James Mitchell, Shane O’Connor, James Toher, Gavin Mullen, Fionn Nally, Sean McGee, Joey Corrigan, Joan Lehmann, Ciaran Fitzsimons, Sam Millen, Sean FitzGerald
Subs: Daniel O’Byrne (for Shane O’Connor), Gareth White (for James Mitchell), Evan Dixon (for Sam Millen), Eoghan Fox, Marcus Thompson, Luke Flanagan, Sean Spratt, Tomas Bravek
NECSL Under 12 League
Bailieboro 1 – 2 Trim Celtic
Halftime: 0 – 1
Trim Celtic scorers: James Toher, Joan Lehmann
With the league under their belt, this was an opportunity for Trim to field an experimental line-up against a Baileboro side needing to win to keep their League 1 status for next year. On a bare and dry pitch, Trim were pushed very hard by a determined and physically strong Baileboro side. But as is the norm now, Trim dug deep to secure a narrow win in their penultimate league game of the season. Trim started out well and have a few chances on goal. After some pressure on the Baileboro goal, James Toher started and finished off the same move. James floated in a corner which was missed first time but turned back to goal from Joan Lehmann and James was on hand to head the ball home. This seemed to settle the side down and they played more attractive football. At half time a number of changes were made and Trim again took the game to Baileboro. After 9 minutes of the 2nd half, it appeared as though Trim had settled the game when Joan Lehmann took a ball in midfield and sent a screaming shot into the left hand corner of the goal. However, Baileboro came back at Trim and caused the Trim defence some problems, their good work finally paid off with a well taken and thoroughly deserved goal.
Best for Trim Celtic were Gareth White, Joan Lehmann and James Toher
Trim Celtic: Gareth White, Daniel O’Byrne, Fionn Nally, Marcus Thompson, Joan Lehmann, Sean McGee, Joey Corrigan, Gavin Mullen, Eoghan Fox, Ciaran Fitzsimons, James Toher
Subs: Evan Dixon (for Eoghan Fox), Shane O’Connor (for Daniel O’Byrne), Sean FitzGerald (for Sean McGee), Sam Millen (for Joey Corrigan), Sean Spratt (for Fionn Nally), Tomas Bravek