Trim beat a much fancied Killyon outfit in Pairc Tailteann in the quarter final of the senior hurling championship yesterday afternoon. Killyon had finished third in the A Division in the round robin stages of the championship and to be fair to Trim the final score line flattered Killyon as Trim were far superior for most of this game. The last two scores of the game in added time came from Killyon, a goal and a pointed free before the final whistle. Trim had many star performers on the day Alan Douglas again showed the way with eight points , seven of these points coming from play and to be honest all seven were top class efforts. Damo McGee had a fine game and chipped in with five points from play, at half time Neil Heffernan returned to championship action for the first time this year and it took only two minutes for The Heff to notch his first point and his first fist pump of the 2018 championship . In fact Heffernan went on to do three more fist pumps before the final whistle. Youngsters Geared Dwane, Peter Farrell and Brian Dowling played really well and the youngest of the all Cian Rambo Lee had a great match for one so young in the half forward line in the first half but he really came into his own when moved to centre field at half time.
Trim’s half back line was the launching pad for many of the Town sides scores, Ryan Andrews, James Toher and Dimmy Higgins formed an outstanding half back line thought the sixty six minutes that were played.Trim are a far better and stronger Team when Toher is in the side wearing number six on his back. From these three it is hard to single out one of them for special praise but the performance of Dimmy Higgins has to get special treatment , Dimmy was simply outstanding during this match, His tenacious tackling, his fluent striking, his deft touches and his overall balance and skill were a joy to watch. The best complement I could give his performance was it was the nearest thing to a Tommy Walsh half back type performance ever seen on the hurling fields of county Meath.
Killyon started this match in lightening fashion and had two points on the score board after just two m minutes. Brian “Beano” Dowling levelled things after six minutes with a pointed free and a point from play. Peter Farrell gave Trim the lead after seven minutes when he caught Charlie Ennis puck out and turned and fired over a lovely point from fifty five meters out on the Terrace side of the pitch. Alan Douglas got his first point after ten minutes with a fantastic strike from an acute angle over beside the hospital. Killyon struck back with a point but then Trim hit three on the trot from the sticks of Dowling, Damo McGee and Douglas. Trim were now four ahead and playing well. Killyon scored another point in the twenty first minute and immediately from the puck out Steffen Kelly gained position of the ball and scored a lovely goal to draw the sides level with eight minutes to the half time whistle. This was a wakeup call for the Reds , Dowling notched another from play, Peter Farrell’s also got his second point, Douglas, Damo McGee and James Cullen all scored before Killyon got the last score of the first half with a pointed free. Trim three points up at the interval.
Half Time Score: Trim 0-12 Killyon 1-6
Killyon again started the half well and had the first score of the second half with a pointed free. Then the Town side hit a purple patch and hit six points all from play from the thirty third minute to the forty first minute before Killyon scored again in the forty second minute. The Trim point were all of out of the top drawer, The Trim half back line marshalled very well by James Toher hit lovely diagonal ball to their forward line and the Trim forward movement was also top class. The six points came from Heffernan(3)Douglas(2) and Damo McGee. Heffernan was introduced at half time for Seam McGee and he was relishing his first taste of championship hurling in 2018 after a long time out with a injury. His first of the three points during this Trim purple patch was from sixty five meters out from the stand side and was a truly brilliant point. Heffernan showed his delight with his point and his return to action by throwing up his customary fist pump to the large Trim attendance in the stand. Killyon replied with a point and Trim were now leading this match by eight points. Killyon then registered the next three points to leave just five between the sides with eleven minutes to play. Douglas, McGee, Heffernan, The three Trim scoring Amigos again hit balls over the bar to give their side an eight point lead with just four minutes to play. Killyon were not finished and hit a pointed free and a goal straight after in the point, McGee pointed for Trim and Killyon had the last score of the game with another pointed free. Trim had let an eight point advantage slip by conceding a goal and two point in added time such a lapse in concentration could cost them dearly in the semi final against Kildalkey.
Final Score: Trim 0-24 Killyon 2-15
There were a couple of interesting facts from a Trim point of view from this match yesterday. Trim scored twenty four points, twenty one of these came from play with only three coming from placed balls. On the down side Trim hit nineteen wides in this match. The latter statistic will not please Manager Neil Cole but he will be thrilled with his sides overall performance yesterday especially the second half.
Trim Team & Scorers: Charlie Ennis, Gerard Dwane, Luke Moran, Ciaran O’Rourke, Dimmy Higgins, James Toher. Ryan Andrews, Sean McGee,James Cullen,Peter Farrell(0-2), Damo McGee (0-5)Thomas Farrell, Brian Dowling(0-4)Alan Douglas(0-8)Cian Lee.
Subs: Neil Heffernan(0-4) for Sean McGee h/t, Ciaran Joyce for Thomas Farrell 50 Minutes, Colm McGrath for Peter Farrell 58 minutes.