Trim senior hurlers suffered a surprise defeat to the hands of Ratoath last night in Pairc Tailteann. More importantly their defeat sent them reeling out of the 2017 senior hurling championship. The Trim lads pushed the pace for most of the first half but a Ratoath salvo of 2-3 without reply from the ninth to the thirteenth minute of the second half left the Trim lads trailing by three points. They tried valiantly to recover for the remainder of the game but ended up one point short in the end.
Both sides pointed just after the throw in but the Trim lads clocked up four unanswered points to reach the eight minute four up. Ratoath replied with one shortly after but by the eighteenth minute fortunes were reversed when the Blues levelled and then went one up with six points to Trim’s two. But then the Trim lads struck two quick goals when Neil Heffernan and Sean McGee got in behind the defence to hit the Ratoath net and then before the half time whistle and extra Trim point left them going in at half time ahead by five points on a score line of 2-8 to 0-9. Significant to note that seven of Ratoath’s nine points came from frees in this half.
Immediately after the throw in Michael Cullen was fouled in the Trim square but the resulting penalty was blocked by the Ratoath keeper. In hindsight it was a significant block. If it had been converted it would have left an eight point gap between the sides but on the contrary the save was a fillip for the Ratoath lads. Points were swapped in the fourth minute and the Trim lads went six up with a point in the seventh. But then in a four minute spell the Ratoath lads turned the game on its head when they hit and unanswered 2-3 to go three points up and by the twentieth minute they were four up. The Trim lads, though on the ropes with ten minutes to go did not throw in the towel and fought on valiantly resulting in three points to reach the sixty minute mark one point behind. But they had ran out of time and extra pressure in the dying minutes failed to produce the draw or victory.
The two shining lights in a below par Trim performance were Sean McGee and Neil Heffernan who between them hit 2-7.
The Trim team was – Charlie Ennis, Ciaran O’Rourke, James Andrews, Colm McGrath, Dimi Higgins, Ryan Andrews, Gerard Dwayne, James Toher, Sean McGee, Alan Douglas, Luke Moran Damien McGee, Ciaran Joyce, Neil Heffernan and Michael Cullen.
The Trim subs are – Brian Dowling, Peter Farrell, Arnie McGee, David Murtagh, Darragh Kennedy, Rory McGrath, Leighton Massey, Jamie Lee, Cian Walsh.
The Trim scorers were – Neil Heffernan 1-5, Sean McGee 1-2, James Toher 0-4 (3 frees), Luke Moran 0-1, Alan Douglas 0-1.