In a game that had quality football, lots of action, nailbiting tension and two breathtaking saves in the final minutes Trim emerged narrow winners in this third round under 16 football league on 11th July v Dunshaughlin. Matches between these two sides are always closely fought and tense and this one was no exception with the result in doubt right up to the last kick.
Trim started well and had two points scored in the first two minutes. The first came from a great pass to Ian Birmingham who quickly offloaded to a very lively Sean Foley who pointed. James Murray followed quickly with another point as Trim moved the ball swiftly upfield. Dunshaughlin responded with a point.
Both sides struggled to gain an upper hand over the next five minutes and it was Gary Fleming who broke the deadlock with a great goal when Sean Mahony intercepted a Dunshaughlin pass, passed to Justin Barbu and Gary finished to the net. This was quickly followed by a great effort from Conor McKeown which was parried by the Dunshaughlin keeper only to see Sean Foley pounce on the rebound and finish to the net.
Dunshaughlin responded quickly with a goal very much against the run of play. Trim quickly responded with a point after another great run by Sean Foley who struck the upright with his shot but James Murray followed up quickly to get a point. Foley was again involved in the next score when he got the ball behind the Dunshaughlin defence played it back out back out to the centre to Liam O’Reilly who offloaded to Danny Coleman to score a point. Liam quickly followed with another point after good Trim possession.
However this was the last score Trim was to get for almost 15 minutes as Dunshaughlin introduced fresh players to thwart the speedy Trim attack. They registered 4 unanswered points from the 19th to the 27th minute following enormous pressure on the Trim defence. Harry Harlin and Danny Coleman had to retire during this period and their loss increased the pressure. But Conal Rogers, Sean Mahony, Ben Holden, and Brian Bolger and goalie Evan De Courcey-Tobin defended very well and thwarted many of their attacks.
Led by Ian Birmingham from midfield and Gary Fleming at full forward and with Hugo Purcell and Mark Dempsey introduced and playing their part Trim rallied and the hard-working Conor McKeown blocked a clearance and once again Sean Foley was on hand to finish to the net. Mark Dempsey set up Gary Fleming with a nice pass immediately afterwards and he finished to the net on the 29th minute.
Trim were unfortunate on the stroke of half time when goalie Evan made a great save from point blank but had to concede a penalty as there was back up to clear the loose ball. Dunshaughlin finished the half with the converted penalty to leave the half time score
Trim 4-6 Dunshaughlin 2-5.
Ben Holden opened the scoring for Trim in the 3rd minut of the second half after a great pass from Liam. Sean Foley added to his tally with a point after running in to a great position to receive a pass after a spectacular catch by Ian Birmingham.
Dunshaughlin responded with three points in the next three minutes before Gary Fleming brilliant effort was tipped over the bar by the Dunshughlin keeper. This was quickly followed by another Sean Foley opportunist goal (his hat trick) as he followed up on a lob by Liam O’Reilly which was fumbled by the defenders. This was the crucial score for Trim as Dunshaughlin took control for the next fifteen minutes and added 7 points without reply from Trim who seemed to lose their shape as Ian Birmingham and Ben Holden suffered injuries. Trim had opportunities during this period but failed to convert them and taking wrong options when in good positions.
With 5 minutes to go the scoreline was 5-9 (24) to 2-16 (22). Dunshaughlin were rampant and setting up attack after attack. Trim regained some control and Gary Fleming gave them breathing space with a point in the 27th minute but this was nullified a minute later by Dunshaughlin.
Two brilliant saves in the last minute by Evan saved the day for Trim who clung on to the two point lead as the final whistle sounded for a Trim 5-10 to Dunshaughlin 2-17 result.
This was a hard earned but well deserved win for Trim and augurs well for the future of Trim football. Of particular note were the displays of so many of our younger players who between them scored 5-8 of the total 5-10. The experience of Ian Birmingham, Sean Mahony, Ben Holden, Brian Bolger and Harry Harlin was crucial when the pressure came on in the latter part of the match.
Next match Tuesday next 18th July v Donaghmore Ashbourne.
Trim Panel: Evan de Courcey-Tobin, Adam Wilson, C Rogers, Brian Bolger, Ben Holden, Sean Mahony, Daniel Coleman, Justin Barbu, Harry Harlin, Liam O’Reilly, Ian Birmingham, James Murray, Gary Fleming, Conor McKeown, Sean Foley, Mark Dempsey, Conor McKeown, Hugo Purcell, Eoin Gaffney, James Fagan.