Carrick Rovers 16’s met Trim Celtic in the league on Saturday 06 October. Trim Celtic are one of the stronger teams in our division and we knew we were going to have to hit fifth gear from the start.
Carrick didn’t disappoint in this respect with Richie Sheridan having a strong shot on the Trim Celtic goals saved in the third minute. Carrick were attacking with some nice passing moves up the wings. Cormac Boylan was sending some nice through balls to Kevin Lambe who had another good shot saved. Trim Celtic hit back with some fast moves through midfield and only for some good tackling by Liam McGeough would have broke through to the Carrick goals.
Kevin Lambe skilfully evaded two Trim Celtic midfielders and sent a cross pass to Cormac Boylan who fired a rasper into the Trim goals.Stephen Finnegan came onto the Trim goals but had a sure goal blocked down.
Trim came back at Carrick in a counter attack and equalised on the 19th minute. The teams were both battling hard in a good skilful game.
Liam Mc Geough sent in a lovely cross from a free into the Trim square and Aaron Sharkey just couldn’t get a proper connection on it.
Stephen Finnegan took and corner, the ball floated across into the square and into the Trim goals for Carrick’s second goal.
Andrew Culleton was covering a lot of ground and started some good attacking moves for Carrick.
Mark Grimes was introduced and wasted no time in attacking with his quick runs.Sean Russell was working hard in midfield and broke through to have a clever low shot saved, Carrick were in good form.
Trim had some good shots on goals saved by Conor Duffy, Matthew Connolly and Peter Boylan were steadfast in countering Trims strong attacks.Michael Monaghan was strong in centre back and had to battle hard with Trims forwards.
Second half started with Carrick having a 2:1 lead, Trim were beginning to ramp up the pressure and hit the woodwork twice and had two shots go narrowly wide. Carrick were under pressure, the equalising goal came in the 16th minute of the second half. Cormac Boylan was fouled 20 yards out from Trim goals and Mark Grimes sent the free just over the bar. Trim were getting stronger or Carrick were tiring as the Trim attacks on goals seemed more frequent and Trim got their third goal from a Carrick pass that they intercepted.
Then a heart breaking fourth goal came in the 31st minute of the second half, this came totally against the run of play. Carrick were slipping and they needed to get back into the game, luck seemed to have deserted us and Trim punished us for any errors, one Carrick error led to the fifth goal and this summed up a poor second half that was totally different from the performance the lads gave in the first half.
Team: Conor Duffy, Liam McGeough, Michael Monaghan, Peter Boylan, Andrew Culleton, Cormac Boylan, Kevin Lambe, Sean Russell, Stephen Finnegan, Aaron Sharkey, Richard Sheridan.
Subs: Mark Grimes, Caolain Cassidy, Conor McKenna, Ben Kelly, Matthew Connolly.