After many weekends of bad weather, it was a welcome sight to see football again in Tully Park this weekend. In what was a full programme for Saturday, four Schoolboys teams lined out in various competitions and there were mixed results.
The U16s took on Carrick Rovers in the last 32 of the SFAI Cup and agonisingly lost out on penalties 5-4. The sides were level 2-2 after extra time but in fairness, Trim dominated much of the game and maybe should have put away more chances. Overall, it was a fine display from Trim. The U13As hosted Johnstown in the first round of the NECSL Cup and this was a highly entertaining cup game but again, fate went against Trim. After trailing 1-0 at half time, Trim came back to take the lead with fine goals from Kevin Nally and Ryan Moore. But with the last kick of normal time, Johnstown’s Darren McQuillan fired a superb volley from outside the box to take the game to extra time. Johnstown sealed Trim’s fate with a winner in extra time. The U12As played Parkvilla in the first round of the NECSL Cup and came away with a comfortable 4-0 win against a spirited Parkvilla side. There were goals from Pierre Fox (2), Eoin O’Connor and Anthony McKeever. In the last match of the day, Trim Celtic U11As took on Virginia Bhoys, again in the NECSL Cup. It was a largely lacklustre first half from Trim and they found themselves trailing 3-0 well into the second half. However, this seemed to spark them into life and they clawed their way back into the game but came away losing 4-3.
Away from home, there were games played by the U15s, U13Bs and U11Bs. The U12B game away to Bailieboro was called off. The U15s went to Raistin Rovers in the first round of the NECSL Cup and came away with an emphatic 8-0 win. This was the first game under the new management of Finian O’Connor and Des FitzGerald and this turned out to be a game of two halves. The first half ended 0-0 with Trim dominating the game but unable to score due largely to the poor pitch and maybe some rustiness. However, the game was only into the first minute of the 2nd half when Donal Callan settled the nerves with a superb strike to the top corner. Trim added a further 7 goals to win 8-0. There were outstanding displays from the two cousins, Donal Callan and Lee Dixon, who each bagged a hat-trick. Lee scored his moving up front from centre back after 10 minutes of the second half. There were also goals from Sam Millen and Joan Lehmann. The U13Bs travelled to Kentstown with a hugely depleted squad. Playing with 8 men, Trim lost 4-1 but took great pride from the performance, with Stephan Clarke getting Trim’s goal. Similarly, the U11Bs also went to Kentstown and came away losing 7-1. However, this was a very encouraging display as Trim went into the second half only one down. They battled very well in the second half but lost out to a better team. Jack Dempsey scored his team’s only goal.