Trim get vital league win.
It has been a hard, tough and mainly disappointing A league for Trim footballers in 2018 with only one win from eight matches played. To their credit the players have always showed great commitment and a fabulous attitude in every match. They have battled to the final whistle to get a result but have been unable to get that win that was so badly needed. A smile on a Trim footballers or management face after a league match was as rare as hen’s teeth.
Last night in Trim was a good night for the Trim footballers as they beat senior outfit Blackhall Gaels. The team played really well and scored some lovely points from play. The team work and work rate was excellent and this lead to a resounding victory over the Batterstown ,/Kilcloon combination.
Scores were hard to get in a tense first half with both management teams setting their teams up in a defensive structure. This was foreseeable as these two teams were bottom of the table and had conceded a lot of goals in previous matches. Trim got the first score on the board with a lovely point from play from Aaron Lynch in the fifth minute. Blackhall responded immediately with a point from play. By the fifteenth minute James Cullen had added two more points to the Trim score board that give his side a one point lead half way into the first half. Aaron Lynch then got two more brilliant points from play to leave Trim three points up after twenty three minutes. The Trim team were playing well they were defending well, turning the ball over in their own half and then moving fast ball into Lynch and Cullen in the Trim full forward line. Alan Nestor added a point for Blackhall , Cullen got the reds last score of the half, before Black hall finished off the half strongly with a brace of points to leave just two between the sides at half time.
Half Time Score : Trim 0-6 Balckhall Gaels 0-4
Blackhall started the second half brightly with a point from the throw in. Blackhall were not to score for twelve more minutes after this quick score. Then Captain Cullen got his fourth point from play in the thirty second minute, this point was followed by points from Sean Fitzgerald, Aaron Lynch, Cullen again to leave Trim five point to the good with forthy five minutes played. Trim were playing with great confidence at this stage, they were in uncharted waters now, and five points up with fifteen to play. The question everybody in attendance was asking was could the lad’s finish the game out and take the two vital survival points on offer. Well any of the doubters had their questions well and truly answered with thirteen minutes to play, Trim put an excellent move together, Cieran O’Rourke won the ball from a Blackhall attacker, moved the ball quickly to the lively Aaron Lynch, Brian Dowling read the situation well, ran off the shoulder of Lynch who dispatched a lovely pass into Dowling who now was at full tilt. Dowling skipped past the first defender and was taking out of it by the second defender, the tackle was inside the big square and left Referee Jack Gordon from the Walterstown club no option but to award the penalty. Up stepped seventeen year old Aaron Lynch to take the spotter, Aaron was as cool as ice and placed a lovely shot into the bottom left hand corner of the net leaving the keeper with no chance of saving. Trim were now eight point up, Blackhall reduced the lead to six with two good score from play. Cieran Joyce was introduced into the team and made an immediate impression, winning a ball he had no right to win and slotting a left footed shot over the bar. Blackhall again scored a point but then the game was put way beyond the reach of the Gaels when Brian Dowling finished off another great Trim move to fire the ball to the roof of the net. Dowling added another point straight after the goal and Blackhall got the last score of the match just as the final whistle was blown.
Brendan Murphy and his management team will be delighted with this win an the two points but he will be more happy with the fact that for only the second time in the A League this season Trim did not concede a goal, interestingly the other game that Trim did not concede a goal was against another senior side Rathkenny which Trim also won.
With four matches to play in the league this win could be the start of the fight for Div two A League survival .
After the match the hen’s teeth were plentiful with broad smiles on everyone’s faces connected with the team.
Final Score: Trim 2-13 Blackhall Gaels 0-9
Trim Team & Scorers : Barry O’Callaghan,Ger Dwane,Shane Downes,Patrick lennon,Declan Dowling,Ceran O’Rourke,Daryl Phelan, Sean Fitzgerald(0-1),Francis Murphy,Mark Murray,Owen McGrath,Paul Munnelly,Aaron Lynch(1-5)James Cullen(0-5),Nigle Duignan.
Subs : Cieran Joyce(0-1) for Duignan, Brian Dowling (1-1) For Fitzgerald ,Brian McKeown for Munnelly,Colm McGrath for Patrick Lennon,Dimmy Higgins for Murphy,David Murtagh for McGrath