This game was originally fixed for Torro’s ground on Sunday morning 11.15 ko. Their pitch was called off at 9.45 and the game switched to Tully Park for 11.30ko. With both sides striped and ready to start the referee said the pitch was unplayable due to frozen sections on it. The match was then re-fixed for 2.30 in the MDL when eventually this cup game got underway. With Trim missing their Captain Keith Jones and top scorer Derek Donohoe this was always going to be a tough fixture but with strength in dept Trim came through 2-0 winners. Trim started brightly and after 15 mins a super cross by Mark McCormack was met by the head of Conway and the ball flew into the top corner of the net. The first half was scrappy and Trim were lucky to go in at the break 1-0 up. The second half saw Trim showing the good form they have produced this season. Corrigan and Campbell did well in the middle with Newman and McCormack supporting on the wings. Trims defense was so solid that Barry O’Callaghan in the Trim goal enjoyed what must be the quietest half he has ever had as a goalkeeper. With 20 mins remaining a great run by Harte down the left found Paul Gillsenan. His effort was well saved by the Torro keeper but the ball fell to Newman who made no mistake to finish from a tight angle. The biggest cheer of the day was reserved for Dominic Martin who came on as a substitute to make his 30th year appearance in the Challenge Cup surely something that no other player will achieve. Trim Celtic will now play Glenmuir next Sunday in Tully Park in the second round.
Team: Barry O’Callaghan, Richie Fitzsimons, Mark Gilsenan, Cyril Halton, Colm Harte, Michael Corrigan, Paul Campbell, Aaron Newman, Keith Peppard, David Conway Mark McCormack
Subs: Paul Gilsenan for Keith Peppard, Damien McGee for Aaron Newman, Dominic Martin for David Conway