Meath Intermediate Football Result, Trim 1-12, St Michaels 1-13
On a fine night and a fine pitch Trim took on St Michaels in the second round of the Meath intermediate football championship on Tuesday night in Bohermeen. After a titanic battle the Trim lads came up one point short to suffer their first defeat of the 2017 season.
With ten minutes into the game the sides were level on two points apiece with both scoring a brace, St Michaels in the sixth and Trim in the tenth. Prior to that the Trim lads were wasteful when hitting five wides to their opponent’s one wide. The north Meath side then hit a purple patch in the middle of the half and forged six points ahead after clocking up 1-3 in the space of four minutes. Even though on the ropes at this stage the Trim lads gained composure and fought back with 1-2 between the nineteenth and twenty second minute to leave the minimum between the sides. Corner forward Neil Heffernan had hit 1-3 of Trim’s scores at this stage and was on fire up front but unfortunately he ploughed a lone furrow where others were off the mark in the scoring stakes. Both sides traded points in the twenty fourth minute with Alan Douglas on target for the Trim lads but four points from the Michaels in the final five minutes of the half left the Trim contingent at the game quite worried as the teams went in for the break.
Very quickly from the throw in two more nails were hammered in by the North Meath side with two quick points to leave them seven points ahead after two minutes. But from then to the twentieth minute Trim made a valiant recovery where they hit six points on the trot to end up one point adrift and looked like it was possible to pull the game out of the fire. The points came from James Toher, two from play and two from frees, Nigel Duignan and Robert Bourke. Both sides scored one point each in the twenty fifth to leave the Michaels still one ahead and this was how it remained even though the Trim lads applied significant pressure in their want for the draw or the victory but the north Meath’ers stood steadfast.
Trim will rue many missed chances in front of gaols including four frees and many passes that went astray but showed character in coming back from seven points down.
Best for Trim were Declan Dowling, Ciaran O’Rourke, Gerard Dwayne and Rory McGrath in defence with Alan Douglas and Robert Bourke in the middle of the field and up front James Toher and Neil Heffernan. The latter hit 1-3 in the first half but was less effective in the second half due to the St Michaels resorting to pulling, dragging and pushing him about the place.
The Trim team was Niall Murray, Patrick Lennon, Rory McGrath, Gerard Dwayne, Ciaran O’Rourke, Shane Downes, Declan Dowling, Robert Bourke, Alan Douglas, Frankie Murphy, James Toher, Sean Fitzgerald, Nigel Duignan, Eoin McGrath, Neil Heffernan. Nigel Duignan had a fine game having replaced the injured James Cullen from the start and Robbie Kenny who joined the game early on gave good account of himself.
The Trim subs were Darryl Phelin, Robbie Kenny, Ryan Andrews, Michael Cullen, Alan Carey, Ciaran Giblin, Conal McGrenra, Joe O’Donoghue, Paul Munnelly, , Alan Shine, James Cullen, Kevin Nally, Richie Murphy, Peter Farrell, David Murtagh, Brian Dowling, Mark Murray.
The Trim scorers were James Toher 0-6 (2 frees), Neil Heffernan 1-3, Robert Bourke 0-1, Alan Douglas 0-1, Nigel Duignan 0-1.