Meath-Kildare U17 League
Trim made a winning start to the Meath Kildare under 17 football league by beating local rivals Simonstown Gaels (SG) in a thrilling game in Simonstown on Monday night (2nd July). This was a great game of football with both teams giving their all, each dominating at different times and with some great scores.
Although Trim dominated the first five minutes of the match it was Simonstown who opened the scoring with a brilliant solo goal from their centre forward after a 40 yds dash. It took Trim another few minutes to convert their dominance to a score, a point from Harry Kennedy following a good run from Danny Coleman. Ben Holden followed with another good point minutes later.
Harry Kennedy converted a free and SG countered with another in the next ten minute period of play which saw SG kicking a series of wides and play swinging from end to end.
Simonstown then seemed to find their range and focus and added six points in a period of utter dominance up to half time. Trim’s only response was two good points per Evan Ganley and Ciarán Caulfield in the 30th minute to keep in touch with their opponents.
Trim looked to be in serious trouble at this stage of the game. Sean Mahony and Harry Harlin were doing trojan work at midfield but getting little reward for it. Brian Bolger, Danny Coleman and Johnny McEvoy held their lines well but were overwhelmed by extra men coming in on them. Ben Holden had the task of marking SG’s dangerman and did it well. He still managed a few fine attacking runs to keep Trim in the game. However, the searing heat made it difficult for him to get back quickly enough and Trim were exposed at times.
Half Time: Simonstown Gaels 1—8 Trim 0—6
With the advantage of the slight breeze in the second half Trim made it clear they meant business from the start. Ian Birmingham’s shot was blocked but Harry Kennedy picked up the rebound and pointed in the first minute. Kennedy pointed again three minutes later. Ciarán Caulfield, who had an outstanding game, made a great run, released to Ian Birmingham who scored a great long distance point. Ian was on target again two minutes later when he got the rebound off a Mark Dempsey goal attempt and put it over the bar.
In the 10th minute Trim drew level with a great point from Harry Harlin after some heavy tackles.
The Trim juggernaut was slowed for the next five minutes as SG gradually worked their way back in to the game and exploded into life scoring 1-3 in a three minute spell between the 14th and 17th minutes. Trim responded with a point which was quickly nullified by SG.
In this period SG looked certain, on at least two occasions, to score goals but Calum Buckley brought off world class saves to thwart them.
The character of this Trim once again showed in the last ten minutes of the match. Although many were struggling with the heat and their efforts they upped their game again. A few positional changes were made which saw Brian Bolger move to midfield and Ben Holden to full back and Danny Coleman came back on with relatively fresh legs and the lively Sean Foley moving out to the half forwards.
On the 20th minute with the score standing at SG 2-12 Trim 0-12 Harry Kennedy was fouled and converted the free. Two minutes later a good move saw Mark Dempsey weave his way through a number of defenders and rattle the back of the net for a well deserved goal for his efforts all evening. Harry Kennedy added a point four minutes later and Sean Mahony received a pass from Peter Brennan, who played in the forwards for the second half, carried the ball through the defence despite the close attention of a number of defenders and took his point. Draw match in the 29th minute.
Then up popped Sean Foley who was a thorn in the side of the SG defence all evening and slotted home another fine goal to give Trim the lead for the first time in the match. SG pressed in injury time but could only score a point because of the tenacious defending and more excellent saves from Calum Buckley.
Final Score: SG 2—13 Trim 2—15.
This was a great victory for Trim as they were short a number of key players who were away. Everyone on the team played his part and it really was the teamwork and team spirit on the night that saw them through a difficult challenge.
Trim Team: Peter Brennan, Conall Rogers, Brian Bolger, Johnny McEvoy, Danny Coleman, Ben Holden, Liam O’Reilly, Sean Mahony, Harry Harlin, Sean Foley, Ian Birmingham, Mikey Cole, Evan Ganley, Mark Dempsey, Harry Kennedy.
Subs: Ciaran Caulfield for Danny Coleman, Calum Buckley for Evan Ganley.
The next round of this competition is in Trim on Friday evening at 6.45 pm sharp. Please support the lads.