Trim 2-13 Blackhall Gaels 0-9
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. Last night in Trim was a good night for the footballers as they beat senior outfit Blackhall Gaels.
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 but by the 15th minute James Cullen had added two more points to the homesides tally. Aaron Lynch got in on the scoring act with two more brilliant points from play to leave Trim three points up after 23 minutes. Alan Nestor added a point for Blackhall before Cullen got the reds last score of the half. Blackhall finished the half strongly with a brace of points to leave just two between the sides at at the break Trim 0-6 Blackhall Gaels 0-4.
Blackhall started the second half brightly with a point from the throw in but the visitors were not to score for the next 12 minutes. Trim captain Cullen got his fourth point from play. Sean Fitzgerald, Aaron Lynch and Cullen again pointed to leave Trim five point to the good with 45 minutes played. Trim made sure of the win with 13 minutes remaining when Aaron Lynch converted a penalty after a foul on Brian Dowling in the square. Blackhall hit back with a brace but Trim were not to be denied their second league win when Brian Dowling hit 1-1 in the closing minutes to seal victory.
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 survival.
Trim: Barry O'Callaghan, Ger Dwane, Shane Downes, Patrick Lennon, Declan Dowling, Ciaran 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: Ciaran 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