Alan Douglas Give Master Class a Trim Hurlers Beat Parish Rivals
Douglas Gives Master Class as Trim Beat Parish Rivals Boardsmill
County hurling star Alan Douglas gave a master class in point taking in the final thirteen minutes of this exciting Meath Senior hurling round four clash played in Kildalkey on Sunday afternoon. Douglas was moved from mid field to the full forward line with thirteen minutes to play with his team behind by four points. Between the forty seventh minute and the sixtieth minute he shot over six points from a verity of angles. He was totally brilliant during the final twelve minutes of the match.
For the third Senior Championship match in a row that Trim have been involved in the match referee arrived late to referee the match. Both teams were on the field at 3:20pm with the match official arriving at 3:36pm to take charge of the match that was supposed to start at 3:30pm . On his arrival he sought out some umpires from both the participating clubs, in a parish derby is this good enough in this day and age ??? I THINK NOT.
When the match eventually got started Trim were on the score board in the first minute went Brian Dowling fired over a point. Dowling slotted over another point after four minutes to give his team a two point lead. Boardsmill levelled matters with two points in the sixth and seventh minutes. The teams were evenly matched during the early exchanges but the standard of hurling was poor to say the least. It was a mistake ridded first fifteen minutes. Ciaran Joyce put his team one ahead after thirteen minutes with a nice point from play. Boardsmill then stared to up their performance and hit four unanswered points by the twenty first minute of the half, Trim were playing poorly at this stage and team in Blue could sense this and took control for the remainder of the half. Two fine points from Tommy Farrell who had caught his team’s puck out turned and lashed two good scores over the black spot. Dimmy Higgins and a Dowling free were to be the last points of the half for Trim. Boardsmill then closed out the half with two more points to give them a slender one point lead at the interval.
Half Time Score: Boardsmill 0-8 Trim 0-7
The trim management team made one change at half time bringing on James Toher for Damo McGee, Toher is returning to action after a long layoff due to injury sustained in the NHL with the Meath hurlers back in March. He started the second half at centre forward but was much more effective when moved to centre back with fifteen minutes remaining. Brian Dowling opened the scoring for the Red in the second half with a pointed free, The Mill replied immediately with a point. Dowling got his second point of the half after nine minutes and again The Mill responded immediately. Trim were struggling to get their noses in front. Then the men in Blue notched things up a few gears and hit three points without reply to give themselves a four point lead with fifteen minutes to play. Douglas was then moved into the full forward line and things started to change for the Reds from then to the end of the match. Dougie hit two quick points to reduce the Boardsmill lead to just two points. Dowling scored a free and one from play to draw the side level. The Mill answered back with two points in succession to give themselves a two point cushion with six minutes to play. Dowling got two more points for Trim before Alan Douglas took this match by the scruff of the neck, Dougie scored the next four points in the fifty sixth, fifty seventh, fifty eight and fifty ninth minutes to put his team three point up with one minute of normal time left. To their credit Boardsmill hit back with a point. Just after that point the Trim backs struggled to clear a ball that had hit the post , when they eventually did clear their lines the reds swept the ball up field with purpose and it was left to Peter Farrell to finish off a great Trim move when he crashed the ball to the Boardsmill net in the sixty second minute to give the Reds a five point lead. From the puck out the referee blew the final whistle and this is the only time in the last three championship matches that the Team and supporters were not sorry he blew the whistle early.
Manager Neil Cole and his selector Rory Dowling will have much to think about before Trim play O’Mahonys in Round five. A lack lustre performance such as yesterday was will not be good enough to beat O’Mahonys. The team cannot be relying Alan Douglas all the time to pull the game out of the fire for them as he has done in the last three championship matches. The return of James Toher is a major plus for the team but the management will be without full back Ryan Andrews for the next round. The Trim v O’Mahonys match is now a winner take all match , the winner qualifies for a quarter final meeting with the third placed team in the A Division of the championship. The looser goes out !!!!!!!
Full Time Score : Trim 1-19 Boardsmill 0-17
Trim Team & Scorers Charlie Ennis, Colm McGrath , Ryan Andrews, Ciaran O’Rourke, Gerard Dwane, Luke Moran, Sean McGee, Alan Douglas(0-6)James Cullen, Dimmy Higgins(0-1)Damo McGee,Thomas Farrell(0-3)David MurtaghCiaran Joyce(0-1) Brian Dowling(0-8)
Subs: Aaron McGee for Ennis 20minutes, James Toher for Damo McGee h/t and Peter Farrell(1-0) for Murtagh 50minutes.