Sat 01 Nov 14
Score: 0 - 1
Trim Celtic slipped to their first defeat in eleven games on a blustery day in Kells as the home team took full advantage of the change of venue to record a deserved 1-0 victory. In a scoreless first half Celtic had some good chances. After 5 minutes Evan deCourcey Tobin went on a mazy run through the Kells rearguard but his shot was the perfect height for the ‘keeper who smothered the ball comfortably. After twenty minutes Andreas Lopez unleashed a piledriver from twenty five yards which looked destined for the top corner only for a flying save to turn the ball around the post. At this stage the Kells goalkeeper was keeping them in the game. The second half ,however, was much tougher for the Trim team as they had to battle a strong wind along with a determined Kells team who got their reward halfway through when some good link up play allowed their forward the space to place the ball beyond Luke Doyle for the only goal. Doyle can consider himself unlucky as he pulled off some good stops and showed safe handling in difficult conditions throughout. Celtic showed great fighting spirit towards the end to continue to take the game to Kells in search of an equaliser but it was not to be in end. Indeed Kells will feel unlucky not get a second as they hit the post following a goalmouth scramble near the end. In the final minute a great delivery from James Murray saw the ball cleared to the edge of the box where Eoin Gaffney hit a first time shot which went wide and with it went Celtic’s chances of a point. The result means Kells leapfrog Celtic to take top spot by a point but there is still plenty of football to play this season and next week should see a good crowd at Tully Pk for the visit of Dublin side Corduff in the third round of the SFAI cup. This will be a good test of Trim’s credentials against a side fancied to go far in the competition and hopefully a good contest will be witnessed. Best yesterday for Trim were Andreas Lopez, Adam Wilson and Mark Cunningham. Trim Celtic: Luke Doyle, Eoin Gaffney, Mark Cunningham, Oran Kirby, Adam Wilson, Conor McGinley, Andreas Lopez, James Murray, Liam Reilly, Fionn McEvoy, Evan DeCourcey Tobin Subs: Eoghan Lenehan (for McEvoy), Jack Vaughan (for Cunningham), Kevin McGowan, Reece Thompson.