Trim resumed their winning ways in the under 16 football league with a well merited 6-9 to 1-15 victory over arch rivals Navan O’Mahony’s in Trim on April 24th. This was a “must win” for Trim if they were to have a chance of qualifying for semi-finals, having suffered a defeat to Ratoath the previous week.
Trim got off to a slow start and seemed somewhat nervous in the opening minutes as several attacks were easily disrupted or kicks fell short into the goalie’s hands. O’Mahony’s opened the scoring in the fifth minute with a well taken point.
It was another three minutes before Trim registered their first score with a great movement from Sean Mahony in the backs who intercepted a free kick, passed to Conor Quigley who quickly transferred to Gary Fleming who pointed.
The score helped settle the Trim lads. The backs got the measure of their direct opponents and with Harry Kennedy and Conor Quigley taking control at midfield Trim gained control.
Johnny McEvoy showed his class in the 10th minute when he won a difficult ball, shrugged off a few heavy tackles and scored a goal with a really well placed shot.
Gary Fleming added a further point three minutes later. Sean Mahony, Conall Rogers and Brian Bolger led a very strong defensive unit which conceded only two points in the first twenty-five minutes. Trim added a further three points in that period. The first came from good work by Harry Harlin, whose strength was vital for Trim and who won a great ball from O’Mahony’s to set up Harry Kennedy for a point. Harry Kennedy added a further point from a free a minute later. Harry Harlin was again in action a few minutes later when he placed Gary Fleming with a perfect pass and he pointed from an acute angle.
This period of dominance was built on solid defensive work, attacking half back play from wing half backs Liam O’Reilly and Aonghus Shortt and some great work by Mikey Cole, James Murray and Frank O’Reilly in addition to the scorers mentioned.
O’Mahony’s gained some measure of control from the 24th to the 29th minute when they scored four unanswered points but Trim responded well with a great goal from Gary Fleming after great work by Jonathan McEvoy and Mike Cole. O’Mahony’s had the final say of the half, however when, for once, the Trim defence was in disarray and they capitalized on it to get a goal to leave the half time score
Trim 2-5 Navan O’Mahony’s 1-6
The opening ten minutes of the second half saw Trim extend their lead when they scored 2-1 to Navan O’Mahony’s 0-1. Within three minutes of the restart Frank O’Reilly intercepted a kick out, passed to James Murray who flicked it on to Gary Fleming who finished it to the O’Mahony’s net. Four minutes later James Murray was quickest to a rebound off the post and scored a further goal.
Navan O’Mahony’s, sensing the game was slipping away from them redoubled their efforts and put Trim under a lot of pressure but thanks to some great defending by the backs, most notably Conall Rogers and Daniel Coleman they scored only four points. The introduction of Justin Barbu, Mark Dempsey and Evan de Courcey Tobin at various stages in the second half added fresh impetus to Trim.
In the 16th minute they responded with a Gary Keating point from a quick Harry Kennedy free. Jonathan McEvoy followed this up with another great goal after he was set up by Frank O’Reilly.
Two Navan points were negatived by a further Gary Fleming point and a Harry Harlin point from a Conor Quigley pass.
25th and 26th minute points from O’Mahony’s brought a further response from Jonathan McEvoy who completed his hat trick of goals in the 28th minute to finalise the score at Trim 6-9 Navan O’Mahony’s 1-15.
This was a good display from Trim. Their ability to move quickly from defence to attack and to take goals were decisive factors in their victory. The leadership and non-stop work of Conor Quigley was particularly notable as was the good combination work of Jonathan McEvoy and Frank O’Reilly in the forwards.
Peter Brennan, Danny Coleman, Brian Bolger, Conall Rogers, Aonghus Short, Sean Mahony, Liam O’Reilly, Harry Kennedy (1-2), Conor Quigley, Mikey Cole, Harry Harlin (0-1), Gary Fleming (0-2), Frank O’Reilly, Jonathan McEvoy (2-0),James Murray.
Subs: Evan Ganley, Calum Buckley, Justin Barbu, Mark Dempsey, Evan de Courcey-Tobin, Adam Wilson.