Under 16 Summer League
Trim Bow Out of Summer League
Trim bowed out of the U16 football Summer League in an exciting match in Trim against Donaghmore Ashbourne (DA) on Tuesday 25th July. While the failure to qualify for the semi-finals was a major disappointment the display on the night was heartening and augurs well for the future.
This was always a “do or die” effort for Trim their cause was not helped by injuries to Ian Birmingham (unable to play) and Aonghus Shortt sustained in a hurling challenge match on the previous Sunday. If both of these were fully fit and playing Trim would have won this match. As it was Aonghus Shortt contributed well for most of the match and scored two points despite his ankle injury.
Trim started well with a great individual point from Frank O’Reilly. This was followed by a fine Harry Kennedy point. A rather fortunate goal for DA gave them heart and they quickly added a point. Harry Kennedy pointed the next free which was nullified by a DA point four minutes later.
For the next ten minutes both sides tried to assert dominance with play swinging from end to end. Trim had stalwart defenders in Sean Mahoney, Brian Bolger and Conor Quigley. Trim broke the deadlock with a great 1-1 from Justin Barbu after great work from Aonghus Shortt, Jonathan McEvoy, Harry Harlin and Frank O’Reilly. DA had the last say in the half with a point to leave the half time score Trim 1-4 DA 1-3.
The opening twelve minutes of the second half was crucial as DA took control and Trim struggled. DA scored 1-3 without reply in this period. All seemed lost but once again Trim refused to bow the knee and rallied well for the next ten minutes. Harry Kennedy pointed a free. Ben Holden who played a key role in defence throughout the match sallied upfield to register a point. Aonghus Shortt then added 1-1 to put Trim back in a 2-7 to 2-6 lead with five minutes to go. DA drew level and then scored a goal to give them a three point lead. Trim responded well with two points from Harry Kennedy but with time running out a quick clearance from DA found its way upfield where DA got an insurance point to leave the final score
Trim 2-10 DA 2-9.
Trim Team: Peter Brennan, Ben Holden, Brian Bolger, Conal Rogers, Conor Quigley, Sean Mahony, Liam O’Reilly, Harry Harlin, Harry Kennedy, Justin Barbu, Aonghus Shortt Justin Barbu, James Murray, Frank O’Reilly, Jonathan McEvoy, Mikey Cole, Gary Fleming, Evan de Courcey-Tobin, Mark Dempsey, Sean Foley, Ian Birmingham,