Carrick Rovers 17’s continued on from last week’s good display when they travelled to Trim in County Meath on Saturday. Rovers got out of the blocks straight away and could have been 1 up as early as the 1st minute when after winning a corner, David Wilson’s near post flick came back of an upright and away from danger. But the visitors didn’t have to wait long to open the scoring when in the 4th minute Thomas Finnegan won a tackle on the halfway line and sent Cian Matthews away on the left hand side of the Trim area and his thunderous strike gave the keeper no time to set himself as it rippled the top of the net.
Rovers doubled their lead 5 minutes later from another corner from Padraig Marron which bobbled about the Trim box before Andy Butler got the final touch to force the ball across the line. Rovers were rampant at this stage and although the home side did threaten the Rovers defense occasionally, the Carrick side, were in no mood to concede. The 3rd goal came from the spot after Marron had won possession in the middle of the pitch and set off on a fantastic run with Trim players trying to stop his progress and eventually bringing him down inside the area. Patrick Larney was as cool as usual, giving the Keeper no chance from the spot – kick. Number 4 came in the 31st minute from Aaron Jones. Ian Martin and Kevin Quinn worked the ball from the back down the right wing with Quinn picking out Rob Berg in space. He took control before finding Larney with an exquisite pass and Larney’s cross was flicked home by Jones.
Quinn was again involved in the 5th goal this time picking out Stephen Cunningham, who’d replaced Butler. The striker held the ball up well before slipping a pass out to Jones on the right of the Trim area. The defender did well to push Jones towards the byline but the tricky winger showed why he is in great form at the moment by drifting passed him and rifling a drive past the keeper from a tight angle. Ryan Carolan came on for Quinn and Ronan O’Callaghan came on for Wilson. Rovers finished the half with another goal. This time Berg again broke up an attack by Trim, as he did all game, and drove forward. He picked out Larney on the right wing and his lofted cross / shot floated over the Keeper with Carolan waiting to finish anyway. Mark Kieran in the Rovers goal, just back from injury, was brave when called into action and took a heavy knock just before half time, coming out to smother the danger from a Trim attack. Jack Corr replaced Marron and gave Rovers a good option on the left wing, getting into a good tussle with the Trim right back.
Half Time Trim Celtic 0-6 Carrick Rovers
Trim to their credit came out in the 2nd half trying to restore some pride and really put it up to Rovers. They started to press Rovers on the ball more and more and became more and more of a threat. Carrick defended well but on 66 minutes they gave away possession cheaply and the Trim striker finished well past Kieran. This gave them new hope and they began to play some nice, passing football. They opened up the Rovers defense again with a quick counter-attack with a great through ball that split the Carrick defence open and the Trim man made no mistake. This forced Rovers to go back up through the gears and they began to get to grips in midfield again. Cunningham was having a great duel with the Trim defenders and on a number of occasions should have got the goal that his work rate deserved.
On 74 minutes Rovers produced the move of the match. O’Callaghan won a crunching tackle just outside his own area and passed to Wilson, he quickly fed Jones in midfield, who floated a brilliant ball into Larney’s run inside the Trim area, Larney cushioned a 1st time ball into Butlers path on the edge of the area and Butler meet it 1st time with a stinging, rising shot that the Trim Keeper did brilliantly to get fingertips to, to push the ball just over the crossbar. Rovers pushed again on 81 minutes when Matthews and O’Callaghan probed down the left wing forcing a throw in. O’Callaghan launched a long throw into the penalty area, where Cunningham went to control with his chest but the Trim defender came right through the back of him to concede the 2nd penalty of the game. Again Larney slotted the ball into the bottom corner giving the Keeper no chance again. In extra time O’Callaghan had a chance to top a great display with a goal, when he strolled onto a clearance on the edge of the Trim box, but his effort was always rising.
Final Score Trim Celtic 2-7 Carrick Rovers
Team: Mark Kieran, Kevin Quinn, Ian Martin, David Wilson, Thomas Finnegan, Andy Butler, Patrick Larney, Rob Berg, Padraig Marron, Cian Matthews, Aaron Jones, Stephen Cunningham, Ryan Carolan, Jack Corr and Ronan O’Callaghan.