U17 Footballers are League Champions
‘Trim 2-8; Clann NaGael 0-10’
The u17, Div 2 Football Final was played on a fine Spring evening in Bective GFC where the conditions were ideal for good flowing football and the large attendance were not left disappointed in that regard.
Trim had only overcome their semi-final opponents, Walterstown, three days previously and were carrying some knocks into the final while regular goal keeper Peter Brennan, also had to sit this one out due to a slight road accident where, thankfully no one was seriously injured.
Both sides started tentatively and there were some early mistakes but after 4 minutes the ball fell nicely for CNaG and the first point was registered in
their favour. Scores were hard to come by and the next three points followed in the 8th, 12th, and 17th minutes all for the Athboy side. One of these
scores was from a free kick which the referee, Martin Griffin, moved forward following Trim protests. Indeed, it was a credit to the man in black who laid down an early standard when he awarded a free against CNaG for over carrying immediately after the throw in and he certainly gained the respect of both teams and supporters throughout the game.
Trim’s first score came in the 20th minute when Ian Birmingham, one of Trim’s most energetic forwards, found his range following a neat pass from substitute Daniel Coleman. Clann Na Gael were awarded a free to restore their 4 point advantage and it seemed that they were heading for half-time in a very
healthy position. Trim, however, were playing well as a team with Oran Kirby staunch in defence and captain Ben Holden showing real pace down the centre and it was Ben who inter-changed with Mikey Cole for the latter to swing over Trim’s second score in the 24th minute. Trim were now playing with conviction and the Clann’s early pace had clearly slowed. It was Ben himself who then fired over following good work from Gary Fleming, and Harry Kennedy, from a sharp angle, completed the scoring just on half time to leave Trim in a very respectable position even allowing for 6 wides to their opponents single miss.
Half-Time; Trim 0-4; Clann NaGael 0-5
The second half started brightly for the Trim side and Dylan Farrell took a lovely catch and with a neat turn landed the equaliser in the 3rd minute.
There was some wayward shooting from both sides, each recording a further 5 wides throughout the second half, but it was Clann NaGael who converted the next two scores as this very entertaining duel neared its final quarter. Trim clawed their way back into contention when Daniel Coleman’s trusty left foot swung over and in the 22nd minute Justin Barbu sent over a screamer, that could easily have found the net, following an exchange with the flying Harry Harlin. The sides were now on level terms once again and it looked like it was Clann NaGael who might be finishing the strongest. However, Oran Kirby was excelling in defence aided by Conall Rogers, Sean Mahony and Liam O’Reilly and goal minder Calum Buckley was rock steady between the posts. Ben Holden was playing a real captains’ part and Conor Quigley was doing some excellent fielding in the centre of the field.
Clann NaGael went ahead again following a ‘soft’ enough free in the 23rd minute but almost immediately the game was turned on its head when Harry Kennedy found the back of the net following a great run by Conor Quigley. Once again, the Clanns bounced back and were rewarded with two pointed frees to level up matters with only a couple of minutes left on the clock. Justin Barbu had been causing the Clanns backs plenty of anxieties and he fired over once again
with the goal at his mercy but Trim’s persistence was rewarded when Harry Kennedy found the net once again following a fine solo run through the heart of the Clann’s defence.
Referee, Martin Griffin, sounded the long whistle and Trim were Division 2 champions.
A great credit to both teams, their mentors, and supporters.
Final score; Trim 2-8; Clann NaGael 0-10
This win gave the Minor Double because the U17 hurlers also one the League also beating Clann na Gael in the final two weeks ago.
Trim (Calum Buckley, Conall Rogers, Sean Mahony, Oran Kirby, Liam O’Reilly, Ben Holden 0-1, Harry Harl,in, Justin Barbu 0-2, Harry Kennedy 2-1, Ian Birmingham 0-1, Aonghus Shortt, Dylan Farrell 0-1, Conor Quigley, Mikey Cole 0-1, Gary Fleming. Subs Daniel Coleman 0-1, Sean Foley, Frank O’Reilly, Evan Ganley, Aidan Hilliard, Jake Carolan, Peter Brennan, Brian Bolger)