2003 Boys Div 1 vs Johnstown

Sat 23 Apr 16
Score: 0 - 3

Match Report

It was a beautiful morning at the MDL for the match against title contenders Johnstown. From the start it was easy to see why Johnstown are in contention and they took control of the game from the off. Trim responded well to the pressure and worked hard to contain their impressive opponents. Evan Smyth, appearing between the posts for the first time for Trim, showed no sign of nerves and dealt competently with the early attacks. There was nothing he could do however to prevent Johnstown's opener in the 14th minute - a free kick from 25 yards which was lifted over the Trim defensive wall and went in just inside the post. A deserved lead for Johnstown but Trim were still in the game and mounted sporadic attacks when not busy with the lively Johnstown attack. In the 22nd minute Johnstown extended their lead with a well struck shot from the edge of the area. Despite this setback Celtic battled well to stay in the game and held on until the break.
The second half was tighter and all lines of the Trim team, including the substitutes who came on, worked hard to contain Johnstown and make scoring opportunities. Trim's best chance came from a Dylan Smith free kick which was marginally off target. Johnstown put the result beyond doubt when they scored a third goal 5 minutes from time. Johnstown thoroughly deserved their win but Trim displayed their fighting qualities throughout. This performance was closer to their good early season form than some recent efforts and maybe another win can be picked up before the end of the season. Everyone who took the field for Trim played well but the Man of the Match went to first time keeper Evan Smyth who was coolness personified. His handling and kick outs were excellent and he pulled off a remarkable foot save when a goal looked certain.
Trim Celtic squad: Evan Smyth, David White, Finn O'Connor, Sam Lynch, Oisin Gallagher, Henri Devine, Kacper Jagodzinski, Dylan Smith, Jack Fagan, Arnas Mineikis, Nathan McCormack, Oisin Comiskey, Nathan O'Neill, Mark Christofferson, Aidan Scott, Sean McPhillips


MDL Grounds
Trim Road, Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland

16 Boys Prem White