On a perfect evening for football and a very good Ballinlough pitch Trim bowed out of the 2017 intermediate championship to a very strong Oldcastle side in the quarter final match. The venue location was a source of consternation to the Trim club and supporters in the weeks leading up to the game. Playing Oldcastle in Ballinlough was deemed as practically a home game for the North Meath’ers and deemed very unfair to the Trim side to have to play in front of such a partisan crowd. Even though objections were submitted to the CCCC they fell on deaf ears. So much for fair play and good sportsmanship. But hands up to the Oldcastle players. They were worthy winners on the field. They out played and out muscled the Trim lads.
The first half was evenly contested with little between the sides at any stage though the trim side opened a two point gap midway through the half but Oldcastle reeled them in and ending the half at Trim 0-4, Oldcastle 0-5. Trim scorers in the first half were Robert Bourke 0-2, James Toher 0-1, Neil Heffernan 0-1.
The fifteenth minute of the second half was reached with the teams level with Trim having scored three points to Oldcastle’s two. Trim’s scorers were two from James Cullen and one from Robert Bourke. The Oldcastle tenacity and strength was now beginning to tell and they slowly upped the pace with two points in the seventeenth minute but Trim responded with a James Toher point. The game was then turned on its head when Oldcastle fired in two goals and two points in a four minute period to race ahead by eight points with five minute of time left. Robert Bourke stemmed the leak momentarily when he hit a goal and point in the twenty eight minute to reduce the deficit to four. Oldcastle then hammed in the final nail with two points at the end. Final score Trim 1-8, Oldcastle 2-13.
Robert Bourke had his best ever game for Trim with a score tally of 1-4. He was outstanding throughout. Declan Dowling and Rory McGrath held the two dangerous Oldcastle corner forwards for most of the game. Dowling had a fine game on Paddy Gilsenan until he went off injured in the second half.
The Trim team was Alan Carey, Declan Dowling, Luke Moran, Rory McGrath, Gerard Dwayne, Shane Downes, Ciaran O’Rourke, Robert Bourke, Alan Douglas, Frankie Murphy, James Toher, James Cullen, Nigel Duignan, Neil Heffernan, Daire Lynch.
The Trim subs were Niall Murray, Robbie Kenny, Eoin McGrath, Darryl Phelin, Sean Fitzgerald, Dimi Higgins, Ryan Andrews, Ciaran Joyce, Michael Cullen, Patrick Lennon, Joe O’Donoghue, Kevin Nally, Ciaran Giblin, Brendan Murphy, Conal McGrenra, Peter Farrrell, Sean McDonagh, Brian McKeown.
The Trim scorers were Robert Bourke 1-4, James Toher 0-2, James Cullen 0-2, Neil Heffernan 0-1.