Trim Celtic overcame the odds to progress to the 4th round of the FAI Junior Cup in Greystones on Friday night. In what was always going to be a difficult test against the Leinster Senior side, it was made all the more difficult by the fact that the match was played on a Friday night on an all weather pitch. Despite Trims request to Greystones and the FAI Trim were made make the very long journey for an 8.30 ko. The game was scoreless at half time with Trim having the better of the early exchanges although Greystones would have been disappointed not to have been one up after Tony McDonnell produced and excellent save to deny Greystones the lead. With Paul Gilsenan putting in a tremendous amount of work leading the line and David Conway solid at the back Trim had no fears going into the second half. Trim started the second half brightly but fell behind after 60mins when a miss hit shot from the edge of the box somehow managed to find the bottom corner of the Trim net. Trims equalizer was by far the best move of the match involving Mark McCormack and then Paul Campbell who played Paul Gilsenan in on goal and the striker finished well with his left from a tight angle. Scott Mc Gowan was introduced for the hard working Damo McGhee and McGowans trickery on the ball caused Greystones all sorts of problems. Likewise the introduction of Dimmy Higgins gave Trim a new lease of life. However Trim fell behind again after some bad marking and with time up it looked as if Trim were going to be making the long Journey home empty handed. Then up popped Paul Campbell with a stunning effort from 35 yards out which flew into the corner of the greystones net. Trim Celtics fitness really showed well in extra time and the best chance fell to Trim when Mark McCormack’s left footed drive from outside the box came back off the crossbar. On to penalties and after Tony McDonnell’s superb save it was left to Paul Munnelly to blast home his spot kick to the delight of the away team and supporters. Ironically it will probably be Paul’s last kick of a football this season for Trim as he heads to Australia next week for a year. A big thank you to Danny Quinn for getting us to and from the game safely, to Rodney Leonard and The Priory Inn for the refreshments supplied on the bus home and to all the supporters who made the long journey. For the record Trims Penalty scorers were Paul Campbell, Mark McCormack, Scott McGowan, Paul Gilsenan, Paul Munnelly

Team: Tony McDonnell, Richie Fitzsimons, Mark Gilsenan, David Conway, Tommy Boyle, Jason Hand, Mick Corrigan, Paul Campbell, Mark McCormack, Damo McGhee, Paul Gilsenan

Subs: Paul Munnelly for Richie Fitzsimons, Scott McGowan for Damo McGhee, Dimmy Higgins for Jason Hand, Alan Douglas