Result – Meath Junior Hurling Championship Semi Final Result – Trim 3-13, Killyon 1-11
There is no better place to be on a fine Autumn evening than to be on a side line watching two junior hurling teams go at it ‘hell for leather’ as was the case in this junior hurling championship semi final between Trim and Killyon in Dungany last evening. The game didn’t have the skill levels you would see in Croke Park but for passion, attitude and work rate there was nothing else wanted with the good attendance getting great enjoyment and great value for money and the Trim contingent getting the win bonus in the end.
The was little between the sides in the first half as the lead toggled between the sides on seven occasions with the Trim lads firing over the last point of the half in the thirtieth minute to go in at half time ahead by one point on a scoreline of 0-9 to 0-8. A feature of Trim’s first half was a master class of free taking from Joey Toole who kept their score board ticking over with five pointed frees, mostly from long range.
On the turnaround Trim scored a three minute goal but in general the third quarter was still tight with Killyon scoring 1-1 in reply to reach the seventeenth minute still all square. It was then that Trim hit a purple patch and in the space of six minutes they hit 2-4 without reply to open up a gap of ten points. The relentless Killyon lads still fought on and clocked up two points in the final five minutes. But it was Trim’s night on this occasion when they romped home in the end by eight points on a score line of 3-13 to 1-11. Trim’s full forward Leighton Massey hit the Killyon net twice in the second half. His strength and skill propelled the Trim lads to victory. A chip off the old block.
Points were traded in the first two minutes with Joey Toole on the mark for Trim. He was again on target with a free in the eight just after Killyon had hit their second. Killyon went one up in the in the tenth minute but Leighton Massey levelled with a fine point from the right hand sideline. This was followed by a Joey Toole free from inside his own half in the eighteenth minute. Killyon then opened up a two point lead with three unanswered efforts between the twentieth and twenty fifth minutes but the Trim lads made a quick riposte when Aaron Winters fired over two fine points and Joey Toole followed with an on target free. Winter’s first point was sparked off by a fine assist from Jack Cottrell who made a scything run from defence through midfieldand laid the sliothar on a platter for his team mate. Two points were scored by both teams in the run into half time to leave Trim ahead by one point.
The Trim lads resumed after the break with a Leighton Massey goal just after three minutes and signs were that they were about to increase their four points advantage but their opponents tore up that script when they were back on level terms by the middle of the half after clocking up an unanswered 1-1. It was then that Aaron Winters sparked off a Trim revival with a goal after Jack Cottrell burst through from midfield with sliothar on hurley and eventually found his corner forward. Winters made no mistake having to shoot from a tight angle. This was followed by a Joey Toole free and then immediately afterwards Shane Ashe lobbed in a high ball from the centre of the field where Cottrell got a touch on to Massey who made no mistake with his second goal. Further points were added from Mark Murray and Aaron Winters and a ’65 from Joey Toole left The Trim lads in front by ten points with seven minutes left. Killyon hit two consolation points in the dying minutes of the game.
Forwards Joey Toole, Leighton Massey and Aaron Winters took pride of place with a total tally between them of 3-11 for Trim but to be fair this was a great team performance with many fine defensive displays and our midfield continually prompting our front men. Every man played his part.
The Trim team was – Paul Mullen, Karl Keating, Darragh Kennedy, Jamie Lee, Eimhin Lynam, Neil Cole, Jamie Hackett, Stephan Doyle, Shane Downes, Gavin Griffith, Shane Ashe, Jack Cottrell, Joey Toole, Leighton Massey, Aaron Winters.
The Trim subs are – Mark Murray, Sean Thornton, Garreth White, Barry Heffernan, John Delaney, Tom Doyle, Cian Walsh.
The Trim scorers were –Joey Toole 0-7 (7 frees), Leighton Massey 2-1, Aaron Winters 1-3, Gavin Griffith 0-1, Mark Murray 0-1.