Meath All County Football A league result - Trim 2-12, Ballinabrackey 1-8
Four weeks ago Trim were on the bottom the league table in fourteenth place but four straight wins over Blackhall Gaels, Castletown, Seneschallstown and (Friday) last night Ballinabrackey has propelled them up six places to just below mid table in eight spot and one round left to play. Ballinabrackey though, were a difficult obstacle to cross. They play their defensive game to good effect and counter attack with speed and power. In the first quarter the home side Trim found the Ballinabrackey style difficult to handle and by the fifteenth minute the visitors were three points to nil up. During the same period Trim were guilty of wayward shooting hitting five wide's and nothing to show on the scoreboard. The home side got off the mark eventually in the sixteenth minute when half forward Dimmy Higgins picked off a point but that was followed one minute later by a Ballinabrackey effort to keep their noses in front by three. Points were traded again in the twentieth minute with Ciaran Joyce doing the honours for Trim. As the game went on the town lads were getting to grips with the South Meath defensive setup and on the cusp of half time they had crawled back in to the game with two points from their young corner forwards Aaron Lynch and Brian Dowling leaving the half time score in favour of the Bracks at 0-5 to 0-4.
Whatever was in the water at half time in the Trim dressing room truly worked for when they came out for the second half they were a different team. Within the first nine minutes from the restart they had 2-4 without reply on the score board and had blown the opposition out of the water with some scintillating football. Veteran Owen McGrath was first off the mark with a point and then one minute later a clever bout of football right from the Trim goal mouth with fast moving ball through the hands saw Ciaran Joyce splitting the defence to rattle the Bracks net with the score of the game. The Trim side were now ruling the roost and their dominance paid off with two points from Aaron Lynch and Dimmy Higgins and then a peach of a goal from Brian Dowling who worked his way from the left corner through a crowded defence to fire in a daisy cutter. Then in the eight minute full forward James Cullen put the reds nine points up with a fine point. The Bracks eventually composed themselves and pulled back a well worked goal in the ninth minute but try as they might then, they couldn't stop the Trim steam roller whereby around the mid-half three points from ace corner forward Aaron Lynch put nine points between the sides again. The Bracks pulled back two points in quick succession in the twentieth minute but Aaron Lynch fired over his sixth point of the game immediately afterwards to cap a fine personal performance. The young corner forward caused havoc when in possession. He sidled, turned and dummied his way through a packed and tight Ballinabrackey defence and his personal tally, which is not unusual in games all year spurred his team on the a fine victory. In the other corner Brian Dowling was equally effective and between them they provided Trim with a potent two pronged attack up front. Ciaran Joyce, though picked at corner back was pulled out field by his marker from where he controlled the Trim orchestra. He was in the middle of the Red offensive every time they gained possession and his clever distribution with his personal tally of 1-1 capped a fine performance for him on the night. Half backs Ciaran O'Rourke and Darryl Phelan did Trojan work in defence with the latter marauding up the wing every chance he got and the former controlling the defence and setting up the forward movement with clever distribution. In the last ten minutes the game petered out with the Bracks having the final say with a point to leave the full time score at Trim 2-12, Ballinabrackey 1-8.
The Trim team was - Barry O'Callaghan, Ciaran Joyce(1-1) Luke Moran, Rory McGrath, Alan Douglas, Ciaran O'Rourke, Darryl Phelan, Sean Fitzgerald, Joe O'Donohoe, Paul Munnelly, Owen McGrath(0-1) Dimmy Higgins(0-2) Brian Dowling(1-1) James Cullen(0-1) Aaron Lynch(0-6)
The Trim subs were: Alan Carey, Conal McGrenra, Colm McGrath, Nigel Duignan, Francis Murphy.