Trim Celtic came away with all 3 points in what was, on paper, a tough fixture. Trim were by far the better side and opened up the Ardee defense on several occasions during the first 15mins. Trims relentless pressure finally paid off when a corner from Mark McCormack was met by Richie Fitzsimons with a powerful header. Keith Peppard and Derek Donohoe both had chances to add a second but were denied by good saves by the Ardee keeper. On the half hour mark good work by Mick Corrigan in the center sent Patrick Conway down the wing and a clever cut back was met by Derek Donohoe on the half volley which flew into the bottom corner. Ardee had a chance to get one back before half time when they were awarded a penalty but the Ardee player sent his spot kick well over the cross bar. An altercation then took place as Trim defended a corner. Mick Corrigan was wrestled to the ground by an Ardee player and Keith Peppard appeared to be punched as he went to assist Corrigan. The referee decided to send off the Ardee player and also for some reason Keith Peppard and Mark McCormack also saw red. It was astonishing that the altercation was started by Ardee yet Trim had 2 sent off. 2-0 up at half time and Trim continued their domination in the second half with Paul Campbell, Donohoe and Conway all guilty of not adding more goals. Trims fitness was showing and Ardee were outplayed in the middle with an exceptional performance by Mick Corrigan. Donohoe won and held up everything that came to him. Ardee did get one back with 15 mins remaining when a miss hit shot looped over the helpless Barry O’Callaghan. Trims defense were so strong that O’Callaghan in the Trim goal did not have one save to make. A great team performance and a deserved win.