Trim Senior Hurlers played Na Fianna in St Loman’s part on Sunday in this vital DIV 1 hurling league fixture. After a dismal display against Ratoath in the last round the Trim team needed a big boost as they step up preparations for the forth coming championship. Trim lads did not get the desired win but a much improved performance saw them narrowly beaten by four points. Great displays from young players like David Murtagh, Andrew Dinan, Brian Dowling, Charlie Ennis and Cian Walsh when introduced in the second half give hope that the future of Trim hurling is in safe hands.
Na Fianna sprung out of the blocks as fast as the great Usain Bolt and scored points in the first, second, third, fifth and eight minutes to race into a five point lead. Trim hit back with two points from Brian Dowling and A fortuitous goal from David Murtagh after twelve minutes. The side were level.Na Fainna were dominating exchanges in the second quarter and again went ahead with two points from placed balls from the very accurate Barry Slevin. A point from Andrew Dinan kept Trim in touch and a lovely point from play from Damo McGee got Trim even closer just before half time. The team in red and white were playing with great spirit and determination and looked nothing like the side that took the field in the last round of the league against Ratoath. Na Fianna kept the score board ticking in the last ten minutes of the first half mostly from placed balls. Trim needed a few scores before half time to keep in with a chance of winning the match. A long ball was hit by wing back Kieran O’Rourke, Damo McGee cut across the square and battled for possession with two Na Fianna Backs , Damo won the ball and stroked the ball to the net to leave Trim just a point behind .David Murtagh completed the towns sides scoring on the stroke of half time with a point from play to leave the teams level at half time.
Half Time Score : Trim 2-5 Na Fianna 0-11
Trim found scores hard to get in the second half and only registered three points all from play in the final thirty Minutes. If scores were hard to get in the second half one thing that was not hard to get if you were in a red jersey was a yellow card. Trim players receive eight yellow cards in the second half while their opponents received none. This was not a dirty match by any stretch of the imagination and was played in good spirit by two teams that wanted to play tough hard hurling the way it should be played. We see overzealous refereeing all too often on the hurling fields of county Meath and it is becoming a little bit annoying at this stage. Having said that Na Fianna were the better team on the day and found scores easier to get than Trim and they also took their scores well when the chance came their way.
Neil Cole will be happy with this display as he was short seven players including his inter county players and two others with injuries. The displays from his younger players and the rebirth of James Cullen as a hurler will be an big boost come the first round of the championship in the middle of June.
Final Score: Trim 2-8 Na Fianna 0-17
Trim Team & Scorers Charlie Ennis, Colm McGrath, Ryan Andrews, Carl Flemming, Dimmy Higgins, Shane Downes, Cieran O’Rourke, Sean McGee, James Cullen, David Murtagh (1-2)Cierann Joyce Brian Dowling (0-4)Andrew Dinan(0-1)Damo McGee (1-1)Jamie Hackett
Subs: Cian Walsh for Joyce 45 minutes.