Trim Celtic traveled to Dublin to take on one of the top AUL Dublin sides Darndale Rovers. How Trim did not come away with a win is the question everybody is asking. Trim dominated the entire match and still went down 2-1. In the first half Trim had 4 clear cut goal opportunities but failed to take any of them. After 20 mins of superb football by both sides a great ball by Derek Donohoe was controlled superbly by David Conway who blasted wide from 6 yards out. Keith Peppard was then played through by Derek Donohoe only to see his effort fly past the post. On the 30 min mark disaster struck for Trim. Barry O’Callaghan in the Trim goal who had been a spectator up to this point had a simply back pass to clear but lost his footing and the ball was put into the empty net by the Darndale center forward. Trim did not drop and continued to press forward until half time. The second half was all one way traffic. Corrigan, Newman and Campbell were outstanding in the middle for Trim and set up attack after attack. Campbell’s 2 great strikes from 25 yards were dealt with well by the Darndale keeper. The Darndale Keeper then made 3 outstanding saves in the second half to deny Donohoe, twice and Conway. Trim reverted to 3 at the back in an attempt to get back into the game and with 10 mins remaining Darndale got a second form a quick breakaway. Trim were thrown a life line when Paul Campbells header flew into the net but it was to late from Trim Celtic. Darndale’s keeper was presented with the man of the match award.
Barry O’Callaghan, Richie Fitzsimons, Mark Gilsenan, Cyril Halton, Keith Jones, Aaron Newman, Michael Corrigan, Paul Campbell, David Conway, Derek Donohoe, Keith Peppard. Subs: Stephen Farrell for Keith Peppard, Damien McGee for Cyril Halton,Ross Campbell for Aaron Campbell, Dominic Martin.