May 14, 2017
Score: 3 - 2
Trim Celtic's relinquished their Challenge Cup crown with a narrow defeat by Bellurgan Utd at Marian Park. The sides had met twice already this season with the Louth side winning the first two by a single goal and this match kept true to form. Bellurgan created the first opportunity after some neat interplay around the box but Eoin O'Connor covered well to block a clear shot on goal. O'Connor threatened at the other end but he himself was blocked after latching on to Paul Munnelly's header. Bellurgan took the lead when a long free kick into the Celtic box was on,y half cleared to Paddy Quinn who slotted home. Celtic responded with Paul Campbell heading home Keith Jones' corner. Celtic were getting on top with Campbell, Goggins and Short all having attempts on goal. However, Celtic were undone by another set piece as Bellurgan retook the lead with a towering header from a corner. A long range effort from Campbell bounced awkwardly and nearly deceived the Bellurgan keeper but the scores remained 2-1 at the break. Early in the second half Bellurgan extended their lead. Cyril Halton put in a crunching challenge on Quinn which was too robust for the referee's liking with the resulting free kick curled superbly to the net. Celtic equalised when Paul Munnelly slotted home James Goggins's pull back after a driving run from Faulkner. Faulkner had two good chances to equalise but his trademark side foot to the far corner drifted over on both occasions. Both sides finished the match with ten men with Paul Campbell receiving a second yellow for Celtic as Bellurgan ran out winners.