28th March 2009 – Tully Park, Trim
MDL Premier Division
Trim Celtic 1 – 1 Glenmuir Utd
Halftime: 0 – 0
Trim Celtic scorer: John Kelly

The Reserves were held to a 1-1 draw by title chasing Glenmuir United at Tully Park on Saturday. The first half was an even affair with few chances for both sides but Eric Scanlon twice saved well from Glenmuir strikers and the scores were level at the break. In the second half Celtic were given a great chance to take the lead when Ross Campbell won his side a penalty only for Mark Scanlon to blaze the spot kick over the bar. Celtic went close twice more when Scanlon missed another good opportunity and the Maudie Powers free-kick shaved the post. Glenmuir who needed a win began to push forward caught Celtic on the break when an injury had them temporarily down to 10 men and the Dundalk men took the lead with only 8 minutes remaining. Celtic battled hard for an equaliser and in injury time Mark Scanlon’s free-kick was flicked on by Clayton Keegan and John Kelly was hand to finish inside the six yard box with the last kick of the game. Eric Scanlon, Maudie Power and Kenneth Patterson were best for Trim on the day.
Trim Celtic: Eric Scanlon, David Campbell, Kenneth Patterson, John Kelly, Richie Fitzsimons, Clayton Keegan, Gavin Meehan, Maudie Power, Matty Scanlon, Ross Campbell, Mark Scanlon
Ciaran Quinn (for Ross Campbell), Patrick Scanlon (for Matty Scanlon), Niall Murray

 

21st March 2009 – MDL Premier Division
MDL Premier Division
Rock Celtic 0 – 2 Trim Celtic
Halftime: 0 – 2
Trim Celtic scorers: Gavin Meehan, Ross Campbell
Although the league title has long been the relinquished the Reserves continue to battle hard every week and good their rewards on Saturday after coming home from the long trip to Rock Celtic with all 3 points. Celtic started brightly with Ross Campbell a constant threat to the Rock backline and when Mark Scanlon’s shot was blocked on 20 minutes Campbell was on hand to lash home from the edge of the box to put Celtic in a deserved lead. Celtic were dealt a blow when Andy Reilly was injured midway through the half but he switched to upfront and played through the pain barrier and played a major part in the 2nd goal when his flick on was chased down by the energetic Gavin Meehan who raced on to finish neatly in the bottom corner. The score was 2-0 at the break and with no subs available it was a battling performance by the Celtic players to hold on to the lead and should have extended it in the 2nd half but missed numerous chances on the counter attack. Best for Trim on the day were Andy Reilly, Gordon Flood and Ross Campbell.
Trim Celtic: Patrick Conway, John Kelly, Richie Fitzsimons, Andy Reilly, Dominic Martin, Gordon Flood, Gavin Meehan, Mark Scanlon, Matty Scanlon, Ross Campbell, Robbie Boyle

 

14th March 2009 – MDL Grounds, Navan
MDL Premier Division
Trim Celtic 2 – 3 Carrick Rovers
Halftime: 1 – 2
Trim Celtic scorers: Andy Reilly, Mark Scanlon
The Reserves were forced to switch their game to the MDL in Navan after Tully Park was declared unplayable on Saturday morning. Unfortunately they got off to the worst possible start after conceding 2 early goals and faced an uphill battle throughout. Celtic got back into the game after Mark Scanlon’s cross carried in the wind and evaded the Carrick keeper to end up in the net and they could have been level moments later when Andy Reilly hit the crossbar with a header from close range but the score was 2-1 at the break. Celtic started the 2nd half brightly and began to impose themselves on the game but just when it looked like the tide was turning Carrick re-established their 2 goal lead when Celtic conceded cheaply from a set-piece. To their credit Celtic never gave up and in stoppage time Andy Reilly turned well in the box to finish and give Carrick a nervous finish but they hung to claim all 3 points. Andy Reilly, Richie Fitzsimons and Gavin Meehan battled hardest for Trim.
Trim Celtic: Eric Scanlon, John Kelly, Mark Scanlon, Andy Reilly, Richie Fitzsimons, Gordon Flood, Gavin Meehan, Dominic Martin, Matty Scanlon, Ross Campbell, Robbie Boyle
Subs: Ciaran Quinn (for Matty Scanlon), Kenneth Paterson (for John Kelly)

 

7th March 2009 – Drogheda, Co. Louth
MDL Premier Reserve
Marsh Celtic 1 – 4 Trim Celtic
Halftime: 1 – 1
Trim Celtic scorers: Ross Campbell, Paddy Peppard, Gavin Meehan
Trim Celtic got a much needed confidence boost with a 4-1 victory away to Premier Reserve strugglers Marsh Celtic in Drogheda on Saturday. The game started disappointingly with a bizarre free-kick awarded to Marsh resulting in a goal for the home side. Celtic battled hard in very windy conditions on a poor pitch and got their rewards when Ross Campbell finished off a great through ball from strike partner Paddy Peppard and the sides went in level at the break. The second half was much better from Celtic and a superb 30 yard turn and volley from Gavin Meehan put Celtic in the lead. Within 8 minutes it was 4-1 as first Peppard and then Campbell added goals. Peppard’s was a excellent swivel and strike from the edge of the box after good work from Robert Boyle and Campbell’s was a good team move after Maudie Power broke down the right wing and crossed for Dominic Martin to square for Campbell who made no mistake from 6 yards. 4-1 it finished and Celtic will be pleased to have stopped the rot and finally get their first win of 2009! Best for Trim were Campbell, Peppard and Andy Reilly.
Trim Celtic: Eric Scanlon, John Kelly, Mark Scanlon, Andy Reilly, Richie Fitzsimons, Maudie Power, Gavin Meehan, Dominic Martin, Paddy Peppard, Ross Campbell, Robbie Boyle
Subs: Matty Scanlon (for Robbie Boyle), Patrick Conway, Paul Munnelly

 

28th February 2009 – Tully Park, Trim
MDL Premier Reserve
Trim Celtic 1 – 3 Duleek
Halftime: 0 – 1
Trim Celtic scorer: Gavin Meehan

Trim Celtics poor league form continued at home to Duleek as they went down by 3-1. Duleek dominated the opening exchanges should have been a lot more than 1 goal up at break. Celtic to their credit battled hard in the second period and got their rewards when Gavin Meehan finished of a fine move by chipping the Duleek keeper. Celtic were well on top at this stage and could have took the lead but then the tide turned again and Duleek upped the pace and broke down the stubborn Trim Celtic defence with only 6 minutes remaining. As Celtic pushed on for an equaliser Duleek scored a third to seal the 3 points. Gavin Meehan and Danny Quinn battled hardest for Trim.
Trim Celtic: Eric Scanlon, John Kelly, Alex Geraghty, Andy Reilly, Richie Fitzsimons, Paul Munnelly, Gavin Meehan, Dominic Martin, Paddy Peppard, Danny Quinn, Mark Scanlon
Subs: Robbie Boyle (for Alex Geraghty), Matty Scanlon (for Paddy Peppard), Stephen Jones

 

21st February 2009 – MDL Grounds, Navan
MDL Reserve Cup
Navan Cosmos 4 – 3 Trim Celtic AET
Fulltime: 3 – 3
Halftime: 0 – 1
Trim Celtic scorers: Dominic Martin, Paddy Peppard, Matty Scanlon

Trim Celtic somehow managed to throw away a 3 goal lead against Navan Cosmos on Saturday to end up out of the Reserve Cup. It was a tight first half and Celtic took the lead when Danny Quinn finished well, Celtic upped the pace after that and doubled their lead when Dominic Martins well struck free-kick took a slight deflection and ended up beating the Cosmos keeper. The game seemed all but over when Paddy Peppard forced a mistake from the keeper and Matty Scanlon picked up the loose ball and slotted home. With only 8 minutes remaining Cosmos scored what looked like a consolation but Celtic fell apart and Cosmos scored twice more to force extra time. Cosmos were the better side in extra time as Celtic looked shell shocked and defeated and with 2 mins remaining in extra time Cosmos scored a fourth and advance to the next round. Best for Trim on a disappointing day were Darren Griffin, Patrick Conway and Paddy Peppard.
Trim Celtic: Darren Griffin, John Kelly, Alex Geraghty, Andy Reilly, Richie Fitzsimons, Paul Munnelly, Maudie Power, Dominic Martin, Paddy Peppard, Danny Quinn, Patrick Conway
Subs: Robbie Boyle (for Paul Munnelly), Matty Scanlon (for Patrick Conway), Richie O’Brien (for Paddy Peppard), Mark Scanlon

 

24th January 2009 – Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan
MDL Premier Reserve
Carrick Rovers 1 – 1 Trim Celtic
Halftime: 0 – 1
Trim Celtic scorer: Paul Munnelly
An offside decision at either end of the field cost Celtic all three points in this match. Paul Munnelly put Celtic 1 -0 when he converted Gordon Flood’s cross.  Andy Reilly came close with a header from a corner Stephen Moriarty forced the keeper with a fine freekick. Celtic thought they had doubled their lead when Stephen Moriarty raced through to finish but offside was given against a player who was not interfering. Carrick equalised with in the second half when another offside decision went against Celtic.
Best for Trim were Eric Scanlon, Maurice Power, Patrick Conway, Paul Munnelly
Trim Celtic: Eric Scanlon, Alex Geraghty, John Kelly, Richie Fitzsimons, Andy Reilly, Paul Munnelly, Gavin Meehan, Maurice Power, Gordon Flood, Stephen Moriarty, Patrick Conway
Subs: David Campbell (for Alex Geraghty), Richard O’Brien (for Stephen Moriarty)

 

3rd January 2009 – Tully Park, Trim
Trim Celtic 1 – 4 Rock Celtic
MDL Premier Reserve
Halftime: 0 – 2
Trim Celtic scorer: Matty Scanlon
The Reserves started the New Year badly with a 4-1 loss to Rock Celtic, the game was evenly matched until a defensive mistake allowed Rock to take the lead after 30 mins and from that point on Celtic never got back into the game. Rock made it 2 just before the break when a long ball somehow evaded all the Celtic defenders and the Rock striker raced through to finish. The second half saw more of the same as Celtic continued to lose possession in vital areas and were punished twice more and found themselves 4-0 down with 15 minutes remaining. Matty Scanlon pulled 1 goal back after Gordon Floods shot was saved and fell to Scanlon to finish from 6 yards but it was too little to late and the game finished 4-1. Mark Scanlon, Clayton Keegan and Richie Fitzsimons battled hardest for Celtic.
Trim Celtic: Eric Scanlon, John Kelly, Mark Scanlon, Alan McCormack, Richie Fitzsimons, Clayton Keegan, Maudie Power, Danny Quinn, Paddy Peppard, Gordon Flood, Patrick Conway
Subs: Matty Scanlon (for Paddy Peppard), Paul Munnelly (for Clayton Keegan), Andy Reilly (for Alan McCormack), Gavin Meehan

 

6th December 2008 – Dromin, Co. Louth
MDL Reserve Cup
Dromin Utd 1 – 2 Trim Celtic
Halftime: 0 – 2
Trim Celtic scorer: Alan McCormack 2

The Reserves travelled to Dromin for their first round Reserve Cup clash and safely negotiated the potentially tricky tie. The opening period began very evenly as both teams struggled to take a grip of the game and neither keeper was troubled until Celtics stunning opening goal, a great move led to the ball falling to Alan McCormack 25 yards out and he calmly placed the ball into the top corner. Celtic had the momentum and capitalised when Patrick Conway’s excellent corner was turned in by McCormack at the back post for his second goal of the game. Celtic took their foot of the gas in the second half and Dromin gradually got back into the game and they pulled a goal back from a corner when Dromin’s centre-half was unmarked and finished from six yards. Celtic had a number of chances to finish the game of but failed to capitalise and defended resolutely to ensure they go into the hat for the next round draw. Best for Trim were Patrick Conway, Richie Fitzsimons and Dominic Martin.
Trim Celtic: Michael Lydon, John Kelly, Mark Scanlon, Dominic Martin, Richie Fitzsimons, Paul Munnelly, Clayton Keegan, Alan McCormack, Gordon Flood, Paddy Peppard, Patrick Conway
Subs: Robbie Boyle (for Alan McCormack), Thomas Noone (for Paddy Peppard)

 

22nd November 2008 – Tully Park, Trim
Trim Celtic 3 – 0
MDL Premier Reserve
Halftime: 2 – 0
Trim Celtic scorers; Gordon Flood, Paddy Peppard, Matty Scanlon

Celtic earned only their second victory of the season at home to Glaslough in what was their best performance of the season.
Celtic dominated from the start. Even without two of the regular back four, they never looked out of place particularly in the first half. Excellent work and pressing in midfield from both Meehan and Quinn allowed both fullbacks to push forward at every opportunity. Celtic used the width well as crosses kept coming in from both flanks. Good work on the left by both Power & Boyle put Flood through on goal. The club’s top goalscorer finished in style. Ten minutes later Celtic were two up. Excellent work from Munnelly and Mc Cormack on the right, allowed Quinn the time and space to pick out Peppard with a header to give Celtic a well deserved lead going into the second half.
The start of the second half was all Glaslough. But for some good defending and a couple of excellent saves from the brilliant Eric Scanlon, the result might have been different.
Celtic slowing came to grips of the second half and the game was finished with a nice finish from substitute Matty Scanlon late on. If Celtic continue to play like this they will quickly move up the table.
Trim Celtic: Eric Scanlon, Alan McCormack, Robbie Boyle, Dominic Martin, Richard Fitzsimons, Paul Munnelly, Gavin Meehan, Danny Quinn, Maurice Power, Gordon Flood, Patrick Peppard
Subs: Matty Scanlon (for Patrick Peppard), David Campbell (for Alan McCormack)

 

15th November 2008 – Duleek, Co. Meath
MDL Premier Reserve
Duleek 5 – 3 Trim Celtic
Halftime: 2 – 2
Trim Celtic scorers: Gavin Meehan, Ross Campbell, Seamus Harte

Trim Celtic’s Reserves lost this high scoring game to a strong Duleek side who moved into second place in the league. Duleek almost took the lead on five minutes but Seamus Harte was in the right place when he was on hand to block a certain goal. Celtic opened the scoring with a fine strike from the edge of the box from Gavin Meehan. From the tip off the home side equalised and took the lead shortly after. Celtic equalised before halftime with a well worked goal with Paul Munnelly supplying the cross and Ross Campbell applying the finish.
In the second half Duleek raced into a 5 – 2 lead. A clever free kick from Paul Munnelly sent Seamus Harte through to finish coolly but it wasn’t enough for Celtic. Best for Trim Celtic were Paul Munnelly, Stephen Jones and Ross Campbell.
Trim Celtic: Eric Scanlon, Stephen Jones, Robbie Boyle, John Kelly, David Conway, Paul Munnelly, Maurice Power, Gavin Meehan, Ross Campbell, Alan McCormack, Seamus Harte
Subs: David Campbell (for John Kelly)

 

31st October 2008 – Dundalk, Co. Louth
MDL Premier Reserve
Glenmuir Utd 4 – 1 Trim Celtic
Halftime: 1 – 0
Trim Celtic scorer: Gordon Flood

The Reserves travelled to Dundalk on Friday night only to come home empty handed. Celtic started poorly and fell behind after poor marking allowed the Glenmuir striker to slot home post Eric Scanlon in the Celtic goals. The Reserves responded better in the 2nd half and got a deserved equaliser when Gordon Flood headed home a Patrick Conway corner. Celtic began to push for a winner but instead were hit on the counter attack and with 10 mins remaining Glenmuir won a penalty which was dispatched to make it 2-1, within 5 mins it was 3-1 after another Glenmuir penalty and in stoppage time the home side completed the scoring with a 4th goal. Best for Trim on a disappointing night were David Conway, Maudie Power and Stephen Jones.
Trim Celtic: Eric Scanlon, Stephen Jones, Mark Scanlon, John Kelly, Richie Fitzsimons, Patrick Conway, Maudie Power, Gavin Meehan, David Conway, Gordon Flood, Seamus Harte
Subs: Matty Scanlon (for Maurice Power), David Campbell, Diarmuid Higgins

 

18th October 2008 – Ardee, Co. Louth
MDL Premier Reserve
Square Utd 3 – 3 Trim Celtic
Halftime:  0 – 1
Trim Celtic scorers: Richard Fitzsimons, Patrick Peppard, O.G.
The Reserves meet Square United for the 2nd time this season and incredibly the score was 3-3 just as it was in Tully Park last month. Celtic were once again a shadow of the side that won the league last season but took the lead when Patrick Conway’s long throw was headed into his own net by a Square defender. After the break Celtic quickly doubled their lead after good work down the right side ended in Dominic Martin crossing for Patrick Peppard to head home. Square were then awarded a dubious penalty which got them back into the game, Celtic had 3 strong penalty claims turned down before Square equalised when a half hit shot somehow evaded everybody and found it’s way into the bottom corner. Celtic were stunned at losing their 2 goal lead and after the harsh sending off of Peppard, Celtic conceded a 3rd after a clearance deflected off the Square player and over goalkeeper Eric Scanlon’s head. Celtic once again showed their resilience and never say die attitude to muster an equaliser when Conway’s corner was headed home by Richie Fitzsimons at the back post. A disappointing result and performance by Celtic but Gavin Meehan, Stephen Jones and Richie Fitzsimons battled hardest for the away side.
Trim Celtic: Eric Scanlon, Stephen Jones, Robert Boyle, John Kelly, Richie Fitzsimons, Paul Munnelly, Gavin Meehan, Dominic Martin, Paddy Peppard, Patrick Conway, Mark Scanlon
Subs: Matty Scanlon (for Paul Munnelly), Alan McCormack (for Dominic Martin), Seamus Harte (for Mark Scanlon)

 

4th October 2008 – Tully Park, Trim
MDL Premier Reserve
Trim Celtic 6 – 0 Marsh Celtic
Halftime: 4 – 0
Trim Celtic scorers: Gordon Flood 2, Mark Scanlon (pen), Gavin Meehan, Danny Quinn, Patrick Peppard

The Reserves completed their first win of the season in emphatic style with a 6-0 victory over Marsh Celtic in Tully Park on Saturday. Playing with a strong breeze in the first half the home side started in determined fashion and were unlucky not to have scored a number of times in the opening 15 minutes. Mark Scanlon’s set-pieces were causing Marsh a number of problems as was the pace of front men Gordon Flood and Paddy Peppard but the most promising build-ups were coming down Celtics right-hand side were Stephen Jones and Paul Munnelly were combining to great effect and it was no surprise that when Celtic finally opened the scoring it came from the right and ended with Flood expertly placed to slot home. From that point on Celtic were in cruise control and added a 2nd soon after when Jones again broke down the right and was taken down inside the box and Scanlon dispatched the penalty. The third goal was the best of the 6, Scanlon’s corner was cleared at the front post and fell to Gavin Meehan and from 25 yards he unleashed a ferocious shot which found the top corner. Celtic added a 4th before the half when Scanlon pounced on a poor clearance, rounded the keeper and squared for the on rushing Peppard to finish.
The 2nd half was more one way traffic and Flood added his 2nd of the game when he used his pace to run clear of the Marsh defence and finish. Eric Scanlon was rarely called into action in the Trim goal but along with centre backs Richie Fitzsimons and John Kelly he was excellent when called upon. Celtic scored a sixth after more excellent work down the Celtic right ended with Patrick Conway picking out Danny Quinn who hammered home from the doe of the box.  Best on the day were Scanlon, Flood and Maudie Power but overall this was an excellent team performance and much improved on the last few games.
Trim Celtic: Eric Scanlon, Stephen Jones, Mark Scanlon, John Kelly, Richie Fitzsimons, Paul Munnelly, Gavin Meehan, Danny Quinn, Gordon Flood, Patrick Peppard, Maudie Power
Subs: Andy Reilly (for Gordon Flood), Patrick Conway (for Patrick Peppard), Richie O’Brien (for Danny Quinn)

 

27th September 2008 – Ardee, Co. Louth
MDL Premier Division
Ardee Celtic 3 – 0 Trim Celtic
Halftime: 2 – 0

The Reserves are still looking for their first win of the season after a disappointing 3-0 loss away to Ardee Celtic on Saturday. Once again Celtic began slowly and fell behind inside the first 10 mins after they felt to deal with a long ball and Ardee finished smartly. Celtic gave away more chances which Ardee failed to capitalise on and Celtic took 30 mins to get a shot on target. Celtic were much better from that point on but they were 1-0 down at the break. Trim were having the better of the 2nd half but never really tested the Ardee keeper and another hopeful long ball from Ardee lead to a defensive mix-up and Ardee doubled their lead.
As Trim pushed more men forward in an effort to get back into the game Ardee sealed the 3 points with a 3rd goal on the counter attack. A big improvement will be needed next week against fellow strugglers Marsh Celtic as the Reserves look to kick-start their season. Mark Scanlon, Stephen Jones and Gordon Flood battled hardest for Trim.
Trim Celtic: Niall Murray, Stephen Jones, Robbie Boyle, John Kelly, Richie Fitzsimons, Paul Munnelly, Gavin Meehan, Patrick Conway, Gordon Flood, Maudie Power, Mark Scanlon
Subs: Andy Reilly (for Robbie Boyle), Kevin Holmes (for Paul Munnelly), Alan McCormack (for Stephen Jones), Richie O’Brien

 

13th September 2008 – Tully Park, Trim
MDL Premier Division
Trim Celtic 3 – 3 Square Utd
Halftime:  0 – 3
Trim Celtic scorers: Patrick Conway, Gordon Flood, Brian Quinn
The Reserves made a remarkable second half comeback to take a point from their first home game of the season against Square United. Celtic started in calamitous fashion and found themselves 2-0 down inside 15 minutes due to defensive mistakes. Mark Scanlon nearly got Celtic back into the game but his free-kick rattled the Square crossbar. Trim continued to give away chances and were punished again when Square scored from a corner kick after Trim left a free man at the back post.
Stand in manager Alan McCormack rallied the troops at half-time and Celtic came out in a far more focused mood in the second half. With 30 mins remaining substitute Gordon Flood was fouled in the box and Patrick Conway dispatched the penalty to give Trim some hope. Square continued to create chances as Celtic pushed further forward in search of more goals but they couldn’t take their chances and goalkeeper Eric Scanlon made some fine saves. With only 10 mins remaining Patrick Conway’s corner was met with a superb header by another substitute Brian Quinn and Celtic had some hope of saving a point. Celtic continued to press and Patrick Conway and Mark Scanlon came close again before Gavin Meehan’s superb cross was headed home superbly by Gordon Flood. Incredibly Richie Fitzsimons had a great chance in stoppage time to score a fourth but narrowly missed. A great comeback but much better performances will be needed if Celtic are to retain their league title.
Trim Celtic: Eric Scanlon, Stephen Jones, Robert Boyle, John Kelly, Richie Fitzsimons, Kevin Holmes, Gavin Meehan, Patrick Conway, Paddy Peppard, Paul Munnelly, Mark Scanlon
Subs: Gordon Flood (for Kevin Holmes), Andy Reilly (for Paul Munnelly), Brian Quinn (for Robert Boyle), Matty Scanlon, Richie O’Brien

 

30th August 2008 – Glaslough, Co. Monaghan
MDL Premier Reserve
Glaslough Villa 1 – 1 Trim Celtic
Halftime: 1 – 1
Trim Celtic scorer: Patrick Conway
The Reserves began their league campaign with 1-1 draw away to Glaslough, Trim were short a number of last years league winning side unavailable due to injury or holidays. After a bright started Celtic took the lead when a sort corner was rifled home by the impressive Patrick Conway. All the good work was undone 10 mins later when poor defending allowed Glaslough a clear run on goal and Andy Reilly had no chance in the Celtic goal.
The second half was an even affair and both sides had chances but the better chances definitely fell to Celtic and Brian Quinn, Matty Scanlon and John Kelly all had chances cleared off the line. The game finished level and both sides will feel that the draw was a fair result. Best for Trim on the day were stand in keeper Andy Reilly, Stephen Jones and Patrick Conway.
Trim Celtic: Andy Reilly, Stephen Jones, Mark Scanlon, John Kelly, Alan McCormack, Paul Munnelly, Kevin Holmes, Patrick Conway, Danny Quinn, Matty Scanlon, Brian Quinn
Subs: Richie O’Brien (for Alan McCormack)