Trim Junior Hurlers remain unbeaten in League
Trim travelled the long journey to Stamullen in East Meath on Saturday evening to play the local Club St Patricks. The host club have fielded adult teams in league and championship over the last twenty years but unfortunately they have never been able to sustain their efforts to rise up the divisions on a regular basis. In the great JP Ryan they had a fabulous home grown hurler who steered them to junior championship success in the early part of the new millennium. JP himself was a very accomplished inter county wing back during this time for Meath. On Saturday evening as we drove into the wonderful St Pats GAA complex on the edge of the Stamullen village there was an U12 hurling match in progress involving the host club St Patricks. It now looks like the St Patricks club are investing in hurling at the grass roots level and they hope that this will grow and grow to enable them to field teams at all levels at underage and adult level in the next ten years. With the work that is going on in the schools in North Meath and now in East Meath it looks like the traditional hurling stronghold of south Meath could have new challengers in the years to come. These football only strong holds are now starting to embrace the beautiful gameof hurling and this can only be good for Meath hurling in the long term. Some in North Meath might not agree !!!
This junior league match was played in bright sunny but cold conditions in Stumullen on a fabulous pitch that unfortunately not cut for a hurling match its was at the perfect length for the big ball game but both sides adaped their style of play to suit the conditions and serve up a veery entertaining game . Scores were hard to come by in the first ten minutes with the Trim team scoring only two points in the first ten minutes and the Pats team not lifting a flag in this time, in fact it was fifteen minutes before Saint Pats raised a white flag. Trim scored their first point from the stick of David Murtagh on the five minute mark and Stephen Doyle posted the other point from play in the tenth minute. Then Kevin “Lefty” Lennon took the game by the scruff of the neck and scored three marvellous points in the twelfth, thirteenth and fourteenth minutes. The three points were exact replicas of each other all from the left of the pitch and about fifty yards from goal. All struck sweetly by the talented youngster. Trim were now in a five point lead and hurling very well. Pats scored the next two points to reduce the reds lead to three points. In the final ten minutes of the half Trim got back on the score board and notched one goal and four points before the half time whistle was blown. Pats scored the final point of the half just before half time. The Trim goal came from the lightning fast Andrew Dinan , who received a brilliant hand pass from the impressive Leighton Massey , Dinan beat two men an blasted the ball to the net. Massey thwarted the St Pats full back in the first half with his ball winning ability and his clever flick passes to his young team mates a joy to watch. The points were scored by David Murtagh (2) Stephen Doyle (1) and Dinan (1). These scores left trim eleven points to the good at half time.
Half Time Score : St Patricks 0-3 Trim 1-11
As with most young teams with a big lead the Trim team fell asleep after the break and were out scored one goal and seven points to just four points in the second half. Trim played poorly in the second half and lost their shape many times during the final thirty minutes. Stephen Doyle opened the scoring in the second half with one of his over the shoulder trade mark scores. Andrew Dinan gained possession on the wing beat his man and hit a lovely right handed shot over the black spot in the thirty eight minute to give Trim a thirteen point lead. It looked like Game set and match to the men in red and white with just twenty minutes to play. St Pats were having none of it and introduced three subs who were to change the game their way, fresh legs as they say are half the battle. Pats got a goal and two points in quick succession, now only eight points between the sides. Another four points followed quickly and with just three minutes to play there was only four points in it. Pats gained passion in the middle of the field and started a move that lead to a shot at Trim keeper Paul Mullen who scrambled the ball out over the end line for a seventy to Pats. This was scored and now Trim were in real trouble of letting a thirteen point lead slip. The Trim side needed a score to settle them and in the last minute of play youngster Alex Dunne scored the all important point to put his team four points in front. The final whistle was blown and Trim was very glad to hear it. This win puts Trim second in the table with four wins out of four.
Final Score : Trim 1-13 St Patricks 1-10
Trim Team & Scorers : Paul Mullen,Cian Walsh,Colm McGrath,Carl Flemming Pauric Payne,Shane Downes,Jamie Hackett,David Murtagh (0-4)Rory McGrath,Kevin Lennon(0-3)Stephen Doyle(0-3)Andrew O’Brien,Andrew Dinan(1-2),Leighton Massey,Shaun Thornton
Subs: David Buckley For Pauric Payne H/T, Alex Dunne (0-1) For O’Brien H/T,
Payne For Buckley 50 minutes and Andrew O’Brien for Shane Downes 50 minutes