In the only Schoolboy match played today, Trim Celtic U13s emerged victorious against Woodlawn FC from the NDSL Premier League in the first round of the SFAI Cup by a scoreline of 3 goals to nil. This was the fourth time that this tie was scheduled and in extremely wet and windy conditions, the match was moved to the MDL Grounds in order to get the match played.
Trim played against the wind in the first half but coped very well against their Dublin opponents. However, it was not long before Trim took the lead when a move down the right hand side resulted in Fergal O’Hare running onto a through ball and he calmly slotted to the keepers right and it trickled over the line against the strong wind. Trim held onto their lead until half time with some resolute defending and Cian Downes in goal coping with with oncoming balls over the top. In the second half, Woodlawn came out and attacked but Celtic extended their lead to 2-0 midway through the half when Fergal O’Hare again outpaced his marker and ran onto a through ball and skillfully lobbed the oncoming keeper. This sparked Woodlawn into life and they had their best spell of the match. Their second half substitute caused Trim many problems on the left hand side and they squandered a number of chances. But for the poor finishing, they should have been at least level with Trim. As the clock ran down, Trim put the game beyond doubt when Fergal O’Hare got to the byline and crossed into the box where Stephen Moroney met it first time and slotted home well. This was a great performance in dreadful conditions and now the U13s travel to Bay FC of the Dundalk Schoolboys League next week in the next round.
At this time, Trim Celtic have 6 teams all still competing in their respective SFAI Cup competitions (U11 through U16). Well done to all the teams and management!