The 3rd round of this Challenge Cup was abandoned by the referee 10mins into the 2nd half with the referee claiming the pitch had become unplayable. The first half saw some great football from both sides with the game flowing end to end. Paul Campbell twice saw good headers just go wide after superb deliveries by Mark McCormack. At the other end Barry O’Callaghan had to be alert to tip over an Albion free. Paul Gillsenan on the right side of the middle was causing all sorts of problems with his pace and was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when he seemed to be taken down from behind inside the penalty area. Albion were forced to make an early change when there center half went of injured. With both sides playing well in a keenly contested game Trim almost took the lead just before half time when Paul Campbell’s free kick just went the wrong side of the post. The second half started with Trim going on an all out attack and they were nearly rewarded with a goal after 5 mins when David Conway chased down what looked to be a lost cause only to be denied by a goal line clearance. The Albion keeper looked to be badly hurt after an innocent collision with Conway but was surprisingly not substituted. Minutes later Trim took the lead when great work by Derek Donohoe who went by 2 defenders before squaring the ball to Conway who made no mistake from 5 yards out. Trim could have immediately doubled there advantage but Conways half volley was just stopped by the Albion keeper. Then one of the Albion players fell awkwardly as he headed a ball and an Ambulance was called. Both teams remained on the pitch keeping warm and the player was removed within 20mins. Having been told by the referee to warm up before the restart both managers were then called to the center circle by the referee. He then announced that the pitch was unplayable. Albion were of course only to happy as at this point Trim were on top and they were struggling with injuries. Despite protests from the Trim management the game was abandoned. The MDL will now decide on what happens next. Good news in that it is understood that the Albion players leg was not broken and he is doing well.

Team: Barry O’Callaghan, Richie Fitzsimons, Mark Gilsenan, Cyril Halton, Keith Jones, Michael Corrigan, Paul Campbell, Paul Gilsenan, David Conway, Derek Donohoe, Mark McCormack


Subs:  Diarmuid Higgins, Dominic Martin, Stephen Farrell