Depleted U 16 footballers beaten by Dunshauglin
An understrength Trim put up a brave display before succumbing to an 1-21 to 3-7 defeat in the 2nd round of the under 16 football league in Dunshaughlin last week. The winning margin somewhat flattered Dunshaughlin as Trim were trailing by only a point with only nine minutes to go but the loss of Frank O’Reilly which reduced both Teams to 14 men proved too much for the already depleted Trim team.
Dunshaughlin showed their intent when they opened in blistering fashion with three points in the opening three minutes. James Murray responded for a Trim point three minutes later but Dunshaughlin dominated for the next ten minutes and added four more points. Trim battled bravely with the defence under constant pressure but Sean Mahony, Conal Rogers, Aonghus Short and Harry Harlin never gave up as Dunshaughlin threatened to swamp them again and again.
The stars of the defence at this time were undoubtedly Liam O’Reilly and Gary Keating who stuck doggedly to their task of marking two of the most dangerous forwards.
Harry Kennedy and Conor Quigley had their hands full at midfield but gradually gained a foothold to set up a few attacks from which Trim scored per Harry Kennedy (0-1) and Ian Birmingham. Frank O’Reilly and James Murray foraged well and made the most of the scarce possession Trim had.
Dunshaughlin responded ferociously to the Trim scores and scored 6 points without reply. Just as it seemed that Trim had no response to the onslaught they rallied and dominated the last five minutes of the half through some hard work from Mikey Cole, Justin Barbiu and Jonathan McEvoy who scored a fine point. Harry Kennedy’s goal late in the half left the half time score Dunshaughlin 0-13 Trim 2-3.
Trim started the second half in style with great points from Ian Birmingham who played despite a back injury, Jonathan McEvoy and Harry Kennedy to leave the narrowest of margins between them. James Murray swapped points with Dunshaughlin as Trim gave as good as they got in the first fifteen minutes of this half but Dunshaughlin gained the upper hand over the next five minutes to get three unanswered points to leave four points between the sides. Justin Barbiu then popped up to reduce the deficit to the minimum with another great goal.
But that was as good as it got as Dunshaughlin laid siege to the Trim goals and added 1-4 without reply after Frank O’Reilly’s forced retirement. The margin could have been greater but for a brilliant performance in goals for debutant Calum Buckley who was outstanding throughout and brought off some spectacular saves.
A feature of the game was the excellent performances from the younger players Calum, Justin, James and Gary.
This was always going to be a difficult game to win even with a full team but with the loss of Peter Brennan, Brian Bolger, Daniel Coleman, Ben Holden and Aidan Hilliard before the match, the fact that Ian Birmingham was carrying an injury and the loss of Frank O’Reilly during the game made it an impossible task.
Trim Team: Calum Buckley, Gary Keating, Conal Rogers, Aonghus Shortt, Harry Harlin, Sean Mahoney, Liam O’Reilly, Conor Quigley, Harry Kennedy (1-2), Justin Barbiu(1-0), Jonathan McEvoy (0-2), Mikey Cole, Ian Birmingham (1-1)Frank O’Reilly, James Murray(0-2).