The Terry Scanlon Memorial Cup returned with a bang as Tully Park staged a cracking match between Trim Celtic’s Old Timers and Zimmer Framers. Despite the incessant rain on the preceding days the ground-staff had the pitch in magnificent condition. It was a game of two halves as the Zimmer Framers came from two goals down to win 4-2. The game was played in good spirits and after a rusty start players began to relax and enjoy the game. The Old Timer’s midfield were well on top in the first half and but for the brilliance of Roger Wheeler in the opposite goal they could have been out of sight. First he parried a long range effort wide to his right before rolling back the years with an incredible double save. A Gordon Flood shot took a deflection but Wheeler somehow managed to leap into the top corner to bat it away before diving at the feet of a striker to block the follow up. At the other end Paddy Melia showed his agility as Peter Clancy turned Ciaran Rispin before curling a shot towards the top corner but Melia sprung to his left to claw the ball away. A mixup in defence almost gave the Old Timers the lead as Flood capitalised to poke the onto the post with Dominic Martin clearing off the line. The deadlock was broken when Andy Reilly found space before rifling a daisy cutter into the bottom corner from 20 yards.
A shift in formation gave the Zimmer Framers a boost early in the second half but it was the Old Timers who doubled their lead. A long free kick by Ciaran Rispin bounced around the box with Gordon Flood reacting quickest to poke home. The Zimmer Framers reacted well and pulled a goal back when David Conway headed home John Barry’s pinpoint cross. The sides were all square following a John Kelly goal, a superb long range effort into the top corner. With their tails up the ‘Framers soon got a third as Ronan Moore’s shot came off the post with Conway on hand to tap home. Melia kept the Old Timers in it winning the psychological battle with Kelly in a one on one. However Gavin Meehan wrapped up the win with a 4th goal for the Zimmer Framers.
Back at Lynch’s for post match refreshments and presentations where John Kelly was awarded Goal of the Game while Paddy Doyle was chosen by Mark and Eric Scanlon as the winner of the prestigious Terry Scanlon Memorial Cup.
Club Chairman David Tully, Mark Scanlon and Jimmy Hyland thanked all the players supporters and referee Mick Bryan for their contribution to the event. Special thanks were reserved for Bob Lynch of Lynchs Motor Bar for his extremely generous sponsorship too.
We are delighted to announce that €1100 was raised each for Pieta House and the Philip McNally Fund so thank you to everyone who contributed.
We have a few spare programmes from the match if anyone didn’t get one or would like one just PM us.