Ratoath Prove too Strong for Hardworking Trim
An understrength Trim team made a valiant effort against a very good Ratoath outfit but came away second best, on a 3-5 to 3-12 scoreline, in an entertaining match in Ratoath on 18th April. This was always going to be a tough match for Trim as Ratoath are unbeaten league leaders and would be a handful for a full-strength team.
The opening ten minutes when Ratoath moved in to a 1-3 to 0-1 lead did not augur well for Trim who were under constant pressure despite the hard work of Harry Kennedy and Conor Quigley at midfield and sterling defensive work by all of the backs and assisted by Harry Harlin from the half forward line.
A great Conor Quigley, Jonathan McEvoy move saw Harry Kennedy placed for Trim’s first point after nine minutes. Gary Keating added another three minutes later as Trim got to grips with the fast-moving Ratoath lads.
Gary Keating responded to the next Ratoath score with a well worked point in the 16th minute after a brilliant move initiated by Conor Quigley, through Mikey Cole, back to Conor Quigley and on to Gary to score.
Trim contained Ratoath for the next ten minutes through sheer hard work and persistence. The never say die attitude of Aonghus Shortt, Sean Mahoney, Conall Rogers and Liam O’Reilly: the persistence of Danny Coleman and Oran Kirby and some great goalkeeping by the recently returned Peter Brennan continually frustrated Ratoath and kept them scoreless until the 24th minute. Harry Kennedy and Conor Quigley played a key part in this also and but for their energy throughout the game Trim could have suffered a heavy defeat.
The constant pressure eventually took its toll and Ratoath added 1-1 just before half time to leave the score Ratoath 2-5 Trim 0-3.
The half time score was a little flattering for Ratoath as Trim were unlucky not to have scored a few more times in the first half after some good moves and work by Mikey Cole, Johnny McEvoy, Mark Dempsey and Aidan Hilliard fell short or were thwarted by the Ratoath defence.
Playing against the breeze in the second half Trim’s task looked very difficult. It began to look impossible when they went a further three points behind in the opening ten minutes of the second half. But that’s a word these Trim lads don’t recognize and their “never say die attitude” came to the fore once again. In adversity, the dug deep and replied with 1-2 in the next 10 minutes. The goal came from a swift pass from Conor Quigley to Jonathan McEvoy who shook off a few tackles to hit the back of the net with an unstoppable shot. This was followed by a Harry Kennedy pointed free after a foul on Calum Buckley and a magnificent point from the hardworking Harry Harlin after a great Conor Quigley pass.
Both sides struggled for dominance for the next ten minutes with Trim failing to capitalize on a number of good chances and some desperate defending from Ratoath. They were under pressure but a goal for them, against the run of play, steadied them somewhat.
Once again Trim refused to die and attacked strongly, missed a few chances, before a they were awarded a penalty after Conor Quigley was fouled on his way to goal. Harry Kennedy converted it in style to leave the score Trim 2-5 to Ratoath 3-8 with Trim pressing hard. Ratoath however scored the next two points. Trim attacked and Harry Kennedy was taken down in the parallelogram as he unleashed a shot but inexplicably did not get even a free.
To their credit Trim did not let even this upset them and attacked again up the left wing. Mikey Cole got a ball in the corner and put in a brilliant cross to Jonathan McEvoy on the 20 metre line who collected the pass beat a number of defenders and hit the back of the net with an unstoppable shot. In injury time Ratoath added another point to leave the final score
Ratoath 3-12 Trim 3-5.
This was a display of courage and heart by the depleted Trim side. Despite the overwhelming odds, they played with great heart and spirit throughout the game and had the second penalty been awarded to Harry Kennedy they could have won this match. Conor Quigley, Harry Kennedy, Harry Harlin, Conall Rogers and Sean Mahoney proved to be great leaders but everyone gave that bit extra throughout the game as the lads did themselves and the club proud.
Peter Brennan, Danny Coleman, Conall Rogers, Oran Kirby, Aonghus Kirby, Aonghus Short, Sean Mahony, Liam O’Reilly, Harry Kennedy (1-2), Conor Quigley, Mikey Cole, Harry Harlin (0-1), Gary Keating (0-2), Aidan Hilliard, Jonathan McEvoy (2-0), Mark Dempsey.
Subs: Evan Ganley, Calum Buckley.