Under 16 Football Summer League:
St Colmcilles prove too Strong for understrength Trim
Trim suffered their second defeat in two matches in the Summer League when they travelled to Pilltown to take on St Colmcilles on 4th July. The seven point margin flattered the Cilles as they scored a goal with the last kick of the game. Colmcilles dominated possession in the first half despite sterling efforts from many of the Trim players and the Trim defence was under pressure much of the time. Conall Rogers, Brian Bolger, Daniel Coleman and Sean Mahony were dogged in their defending and they had excellent back up from goalie Peter Brennan. Ben Holden and Liam O’Reilly managed to combine some great defending with good attacking play.
This work in defence was matched by equally intense work from centre field and the forwards, Harry Harlin, Justin Barbu, Ian Birmingham, Mikey Cole and Evan de Courcey to the fore.
Colmcilles opened the scoring with a point almost from the throw in. Trim responded with a great point from Frank O’Reilly, from after four minutes when Ian Birmingham intercepted a ball and passed to him.
Colmcilles added 5 points without reply in a prolonged period of pressure up to the 20th minute. It looked like Trim would be completely overrun but they dug deep and Justin Barbu scored a point from a good Ian Birmingham pass. Mikey Cole followed this up with another fine point, a just reward for his good running and hard work.
Colmcilles followed up swiftly with two points, one a fine effort from a 45 but Ian Birmingham had the last say with a very well taken point from a free to leave the half time score St Colmcilles 0-8 Trim 0-4.
Trim played their best football in the first 15 minutes of the second half with the introduction of Evan de Courcey Tobin, Hugo Purcell and James Murray bringing fresh legs to the team. James Murray registered a fine point almost from the throw in. A great move started by Mike Cole passed to Justin Barbu who passed on to Frankie O’Reilly and Frankie made no mistake as he sent the ball crashing to the net. Evan deCourcey-Tobin followed up with a great pass to James Murray who added to his tally with another point and to give Trim the lead for the first time in the match.
It was the 10th minute in the second half before Cilles registered their first score, a point, which Ian Birmingham nullified with a point after a great pass from Gary Fleming.
A great penalty save from Peter Brennan and quick action to effect a clearance by Liam O’Reilly which resulted in a free relieved pressure on the Trim defence. They quickly took the free and moved the ball to the forwards where Frank O’Reilly made a great recovery to get the ball to Liam O’Reilly who shot an unstoppable shot to the Colmcilles net and to give Trim a three point lead as going in to the final quarter.
But this was as good as it got for Trim as Colmcilles gained the upper hand and added on 1-3 before Justin Barbu pointed in the 25th minute to stop the procession of scores from Colmcilles. However Colmcilles added two further points before getting their last minute goal to give them victory on a scoreline of St Colmcilles 2-15 Trim 2-8.
Trim Panel: Peter Brennan, C Rogers Ben Holden, Sean Mahony, Daniel Coleman, Justin Barbu, Brian Bolger, Liam O’Reilly, Harry Harlin, Ian Birmingham, , Frank O’Reilly, Mikey Cole, Gary Fleming, Evan de Courcey-Tobin, Mark Dempsey, Sean Foley, Conor McKeown, Hugo Purcell, Luke Doyle.